Alan D. Gaff – Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir
Sports / May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020 – In an iconic, ad-libbed moment at the old Yankee Stadium, a terminally ill baseball player declared himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” A decade earlier, he’d sat down to write the remarkable story of his career in newspaper columns that remained buried for almost a century — until now. In Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir, we meet Major League Baseball’s most triumphant and tragic slugger as a young man with a great career in front of him. He had no way of knowing that one day, that career would be cut short by ALS, or that the disease would one day bear his name. Alan D. Gaff brings us this treasure trove of writings that flesh out our picture of No. 4, the man they called the Iron Horse. Mr. Gaff is a veteran, best-selling author of books on the American Civil War, and president of Historical Investigations. Visit our guest at or @AlanDGaff on Twitter.           Podcast: Download (Duration: 52:52 — 121.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

David O. Stewart – The Lincoln Deception (A Fraser and Cook Historical Mystery)
American Presidents , Fiction / May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020 – What if a former U.S. congressman told you he had a secret about the most infamous presidential assassination, but died before revealing it? It’s a turn-of-the-century whodunit, courtesy of historian David O. Stewart‘s novel, The Lincoln Deception (A Fraser and Cook Historical Mystery). His Holmes and Watson team features the white Dr. Jamie Fraser, and African-American former baseball player, Speedwell Cook. We previously chatted about his non-fiction books, American Emperor – Aaron Burr: The Man Who Shot Alexander Hamilton, and Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America. Check out those interviews in our archives, visit our guest at, and find him on Facebook. You’ll also enjoy his post-Civil War non-fiction exploration of the man who found himself president after Lincoln’s murder: Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy. On that topic, he was recently featured in the documentary, Going to the Devil: The Impeachment of 1868, presented by The Great Courses at Hunter College. You can enjoy the Film Screening & Discussion on YouTube. Look for the next books in the series — The Paris Deception and The Babe Ruth Deception — coming in the summer and autumn of…