Chris Stevenson – Drum of Destiny
Colonial America , Youth / June 27, 2016

June 27, 2016 – Today, we jump through the Guardian of Forever and into New York City during the American Revolution — just in time for Independence Day 2016. Once there, we meet twelve-year-old Gabriel Cooper, an orphaned patriot who sets out to join the Continental Army. Our guest is Chris Stevenson, and his book is The Drum of Destiny, historical fiction for readers 9-12 years of age. You can find a teacher’s guide at ChrisStevensonAuthor.com, and also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Chris also hosts a blog that focuses on the Revolution and Colonial period.  You can also get the Teaching Guide at Chris’s website.         Podcast: Download (Duration: 29:50 — 27.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Sidney Blumenthal – Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln

June 24, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — check them out at Facebook.com/HistoryInFive. Today’s guest — journalist and political aide Sidney Blumenthal — casts a look back at the marriage of the Great Emancipator, and the woman who stood at his side. Through sickness, breakdowns, the Civil War, and loss, how did this couple endure? Blumenthal is the author of the book, A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people, from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:30 — 2.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Clint Hill – Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

June 17, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Today, author Clint Hill shares his eyewitness accounts and recollections during his time on the Secret Service detail of our commanders-in-chief. The book is titled, Five Presidents My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. Mr. Hill previously joined us to discuss his time as the Secret Service agent assigned to protect Mrs. Kennedy on the day JFK was shot. He’s the man seen leaping onto the back of the car after the fatal shots rang out in Dealey Plaza. He tells that story in his previous book, Five Days in November, a follow-up on his previous recollections in the #1 New York Times best-seller, Mrs. Kennedy and Me. You can follow today’s guest on Twitter @ClintHill_SS or check out ClintHillSecretService.com. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:36 — 3.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Neal Bascomb – The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb
WWII / June 14, 2016

June 20, 2016 – Our Monday, June 20th interview is with award-winning author Neal Bascomb. We’re airing our conversation a few days early because his book — The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb — is a perfect gift for Father’s Day. If you think the book might be right for Dad, History Author Show listeners can enjoy a free sample chapter of The Winter Fortress right here. Meet the Norwegian patriots — from schoolteachers to plumbers — who dared defy the Nazis, and endured starvation and harsh winter conditions, to deny Hitler the power to rain nuclear fire on London, New York, and other Allied cities. Our thanks to author Jay Atkinson for pointing The Winter Fortress our way. You can listen to our interview with Jay on his book, Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America. You can follow today’s guest on Twitter @NealBascomb, like him at Facebook.com/NealRBascomb, and pay him a visit at NealBascomb.com. So put on your winter camouflage suits, wax up your skis, let’s head back to Nazi-occupied Norway and assault, The Winter Fortress…       Podcast: Download (Duration: 49:25 — 45.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |…

Candice Shy Hooper – Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives
Civil War / June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016 – Today, we’re spinning back in time to the days when America tore itself apart: The Civil War. But we’ll be talking about a different sort of union, exploring the bond between the men who led the northern armies, and the women by their sides in Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War — for Better and for Worse. With 70,000 books on the war produced since its end, it’s incredible that Candice Shy Hooper is the first author to map the wartime travels of Julia Grant, Nelly McClellan, Jessie Fremont, and Ellen Sherman. But to borrow the chapter title from today’s book: “The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.” Candice is just the person to give us the full picture of these engaging figures, and how they interacted with their powerful husbands and Abraham Lincoln as president. You can learn more at CandiceShyHooper.com.           Podcast: Download (Duration: 50:54 — 46.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Andrew Nagorski – Hitlerland, The Nazi Hunters
History in Five , WWII / June 10, 2016

June 10, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Check them out at Facebook.com/HistoryInFive. Today, award-winning journalist and author Andrew Nagorski casts a fresh look back at the great evil of Nazi Germany, in his critically acclaimed Hitlerland, and now on shelves: The Nazi Hunters. How do we deal with the legacy of everyday Germans, who turned to monstrous acts? What do we owe to the World War Two generation and Holocaust survivors as they pass away? And what were the conflicts in vision among those who hunted Nazi war criminals themselves as they conducted their searches? You can follow today’s author on Twitter @AndrewNagorski or visit him at AndrewNagorski.com. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 4:06 — 3.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Rinker Buck – The Oregon Trail (Paperback Interview)
Exploration / June 6, 2016

June 6, 2016 – Today, our time machine heads back to our show’s past, serving up a special, all-new paperback interview with a familiar voice. Back in August of 2015, we kicked off the show with the words, “Three mules, two brothers, and a Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl.” Our guest was Rinker Buck, and his book — The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey — recounted the trek he made with his brother Nick in a covered wagon, two thousand miles from Missouri to the great American Northwest. In the months since hitting shelves, The Oregon Trail has wended its way up the New York Times best-seller list to #1, and Amazon.com named it the best non-fiction book of 2015. When completing the first mule-powered crossing of this legendary pioneer trail in over a century, Rinker met a lot of people — and he met them, in a new light, after they’d had a chance to see the enthusiastic response to how he shared their story. With the paperback edition of The Oregon Trail appearing in bookstores June 7, 2016, we thought, why not bring Rinker back to hear about his experiences on the tour following publication. After…

H5F: Rick Perlstein – The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

Jun 3, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — check them out at Facebook.com/HistoryInFive. ` This coming Sunday, June 5th, America will mark the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s death in 2004 at the age of 93. Rick Perlstein — best-selling author of Nixonland — looks at how the destruction of the Watergate scandal shook America to its foundations, and seemed to create a new paradigm of a smaller America — only to see the Reagan Revolution’s Morning in America dawn a short six years later, following Nixon’s resignation, Gerald Ford’s pardon, and Jimmy Carter’s malaise. The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan traces how the 37th president and the 40th, are connected by history. You can learn more about today’s author at RickPerlstein.com, or by following @RickPerlstein on Twitter. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people, from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:09 — 5.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More