Don Glickstein – After Yorktown
American Presidents / March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 – Today, we time-travel back to the times after the times that tried men’s souls. The date is October 19, 1781, and a combined French and rebel force defeats the Redcoats at the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia. But contrary to two centuries of grade school and academic histories, the war for independence didn’t end with the surrender of General Cornwallis’s sword. The fighting dragged on for men like George Washington, Horatio Nelson, Lafayette, and Hyder Ali. This was a world war, with fighting from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, and the Arctic to the coast of Sri Lanka. We learn about the men who kept fighting in Don Glickstein’s debut book, After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence.  We also mentioned Fergus Bordewich’s book, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 53:33 — 49.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Paul Kahan – The Bank War
American Presidents / February 22, 2016

February 22, 2016 – This week, we sling-shot around the sun at high warp, sending us tumbling back in time to the Summer of 1832 — and America, at war. It’s not a conflict over land or of arms, but over the fiscal system of the young republic. Our guide on this journey is Paul Kahan, and his book is The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Fight for American Finance. The fight against the Second Bank of the United States may have been the most frustrating fight of President Jackson’s life, since — for once — he couldn’t end things by simply shooting or threatening to shoot his opponent in the face. Dr. Kahan holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Temple University, an M.A. in Modern American History & Literature, and B.A.s in history and English. He’s also the author of two books on Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, and another titled, The Homestead Strike: Labor, Violence, and American History Critical Moments in American Industry. You can visit him at, or follow him on Twitter @Paul_Kahan.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 49:46 — 45.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

T.H. Breen – George Washington’s Journey
American Presidents / February 8, 2016

February 8, 2016 – Today, we’re riding in Great White Coach with the father of our country. Our teamster is author Timothy Hall Breen, and his book is George Washington’s Journey: The President Forges a New Nation. Aware of the fragile and fractured nature of the new republic after independence, Washington resolves — in a day without maps or roads worthy of the name — to take the federal government to the people. Staying in simple inns rather than fine houses, and suffering through terrible food and bad treatment for his horses, Washington visited every one of the thirteen states, and left a candid assessment of his opinions, as well as funny moments with the people — and a few where he nearly died. Mr. Breen is the James Marsh Professor at-large at the University of Vermont and the author of eleven books on American history including, The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence.  You can follow him @TimothyHBreen on Twitter.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:13 — 35.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

John J. Miller – The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football
American Presidents / February 1, 2016

February 1, 2016 – An advocate of the strenuous life, President Theodore Roosevelt saw sports as essential to developing physical fitness and character. So when 18 players died playing football in 1905, and people called to ban the game, TR leaped into action to reform the pigskin pastime. The game in those days resembled rugby much more than the game the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will play in Super Bowl 50. Joining us to discuss how we got from a time no forward pass, neutral zone or pads to the present day, is John J. Miller. His book is titled, The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football. John J. Miller is a correspondent for National Review, contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and author of four books including a novel, The First Assassin, and the non-fiction offering: Our Oldest Enemy — A history of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France. He’s also director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College — and a proud fan of his college team, the Michigan University Wolverines. You can follow him on Twitter @HeyMiller, like him at, or visit him at He also hosts a podcast you’ll want to check out if…

H5F: Ulysses S. Grant
American Presidents , History in Five / January 15, 2016

January 15, 2016 – Today’s history author, Jean Edward Smith, author of Grant, discusses the life and legacy of Ulysses S. Grant, from great disappointments and outright failures, to Civil War battlefields and, ultimately, the White House. The book bears a single word, the name of a modest man who became a legend. Grant.  Frederick Douglas called him “the last of the radicals” and he wrote memoirs so beautiful that critics have called them some of the most beautiful works in the English language. In this week’s episode, Jean Edward Smith shares with us five things you need to know about General Grant. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 4:13 — 3.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Stephen F. Knott – Washington and Hamilton
American Presidents / December 28, 2015

December 28, 2015 – Today, we’re joined by Stephen F. Knott, who along with co-author Tony Williams brings us Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton’s relationship has gotten renewed attention since the smash Broadway musical, ending almost 200 years of being overlooked. From the early days of the Revolutionary War on the hills of Rutgers University — where Hamilton’s artillery covered Washington’s retreat from New York City — to victory at Yorktown, the Continental Congress and the first presidential administration, Washington and Hamilton had an often difficult, father-son relationship. But one that left a legacy that sustains America, even now into the 21st Century. Mr. Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. You can follow him on Twitter @Publius57, and find his co-author Tony Williams @TWilliamsAuthor. Mr. Williams is a history teacher at the Bill of Rights Institute, as well as the Washington, Jefferson, and Madison Institute and the author of four previous books.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 44:47 — 41.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Betty Boyd Caroli – Lady Bird and Lyndon
American Presidents / November 30, 2015

November 30, 2015 – Historian of First Ladies Betty Boyd Caroli introduces us to the diminutive, quiet woman who stood behind one of the most controversial presidents of the 20th Century through some of America’s most difficult years. The book is Lady Bird & Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage that Made a President. But Clauda “Lady Bird” Johnson was more than just the flower lady. She was a shrewd business woman, and careful political tactician. Using courtship letters made available for the first time in 2013, Betty Boyd Caroli sheds light on a figure who lived such a fascinating life in her own right, that at her funeral, her husband was barely mentioned. Ms. Caroli’s previous books include The Roosevelt Women: A Portrait In Five Generations, as well as, The First Ladies “From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama”.  You can learn more about her work at       Podcast: Download (Duration: 42:51 — 39.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

The Old ’76 House, Robert Norden
American Presidents , Food , New York / November 23, 2015

November 23, 2015 – The Old ’76 House in Tappan, New York, is a National Landmark, one where you can eat a meal fit for overthrowing a king. The building itself predates the American Revolution by over a century, and served an active role in the fight for independence. Every major figure including General George Washington spent time at this great American tavern. In 1780, it even served as a make-shift prison for Major John Andre, the British spy caught conspiring with America’s most infamous traitor, Benedict Arnold. And it was here that the British met Gen. Washington to officially recognize the war’s end, and recognize America as a free and independent nation. Learn more about America’s oldest tavern at, or by following them at And don’t miss our interview with tavernkeeper, Robert Norden, who restored and preserves this unique piece of American history. Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:28 — 36.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Clint Hill – JFK Assassination
American Presidents , History in Five / November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Today, author Clint Hill shares his eyewitness account of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination fifty-two years ago on November 22, 1963. Mr. Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to protect Mrs. Kennedy that day, and the man seen leaping onto the back of the car after the fatal shots rang out in Dealey Plaza. His latest book is titled, Five Days in November. It’s a follow-up on his previous recollections in the #1 New York Times best-seller, Mrs. Kennedy and Me. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:31 — 5.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Harold Holzer – Lincoln and the Press
American Presidents , History in Five / October 23, 2015

October 23, 2015 – Today we’re going to hear from Harold Holzer, one of America’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln’s life and the politics of the Civil War era. His book is, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion. Mr. Holzer shows us an activist Lincoln through journalists who covered him from his start through to the night of his assassination — when one reporter ran to the box where Lincoln was shot and emerged to write the story covered with blood. Remember to subscribe to the History Author Show on iTunes, like our iHeartRadio page, or make us appointment listening on your Android device, so you don’t miss an installment of History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.         Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:41 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

David O. Stewart – Madison’s Gift
American Presidents / October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015 – On this episode, you’ll meet five legends — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, and Dolley Madison — as viewed through their relationships with James Madison. Often overlooked in death as he was in life (and having the White House burned out from under him in the War of 1812 didn’t help), David O. Stewart reveals a founding father and president uniquely adept at what we today call “networking.” The book is Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America. Just as Gen. Washington was indispensable in winning the war, so was Madison indispensable in winning the peace and setting up the first self-governing republic since Rome. David O. Stewart is also president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. His other books include: The Wilson Deception (A New Fraser and Cook Mystery). The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution. American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America.   Additional books discussed on this episode:           Podcast: Download (Duration: 49:26 — 45.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: The Political Genius of James Madison, David O. Stewart
American Presidents , History in Five / October 16, 2015

October 16, 2015 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Today, historian David O. Stewart focuses on James Madison, Father of the Constitution and fourth president of the United States. Overlooked in death as he was in life, Madison was the indispensable man in peace as General George Washington was in the Revolutionary War. On Monday, October 19, 2015, we’ll share an all-new interview with David O. Stewart on his new book, Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America. Don’t miss it! Additional books discussed on this episode:           Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:35 — 5.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Ike and Dick – Jeffrey Frank
American Presidents , History in Five / September 18, 2015

September 18, 2015 – One of the most acclaimed political biographies of our time, Jeffrey Frank’s Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage takes you inside the strained and complex relationship of two fascinating American leaders—hailed as “top-drawer as political history” by the New York Review of Books and “one of the best books ever written about Richard Nixon” by the New Yorker.”     Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:47 — 6.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Jane Singer – Lincoln’s Secret Spy
American Presidents , Civil War / August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015 – “What is worse? A confederate con man claiming he was Lincoln’s spy throughout the Civil War, or the Union veteran who pursed his claim all the way to the Supreme Court?” That’s the central question of Jane Singer’s book, Lincoln’s Secret Spy: The Civil War Case that Changed the Future of Espionage. In it, she introduces us to William Alvin Lloyd. Con man, bigamist, charlatan, Lloyd hobbled out of the defeated Confederacy and into the capital of the newly re-United States with a claim that made people listen: The government owed him money for serving as Abraham Lincoln’s covert operative. John Wilkes Booth had shot down the Great Emancipator just a month earlier in April 1865, and couldn’t refute the story. So, armed with Lincoln’s signature on a travel pass and a skill for duping people — including no less than Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, who was at the president’s side when he died — Lloyd teamed up with lawyer Enoch Totten, who’d served in the Union Army during the conflict. The story of their conspiracy to defraud the American people is brought to us by my guest, Jane Singer, and her co-author, John Stewart….