H5F: Jonathan Horn – The Man Who Would Not Be Washington
History in Five / April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Since tomorrow is the 151st anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, it’s fitting that today’s history author, former White House speech writer Jonathan Horn, introduces us to a family connection in Lee’s life that might be overlooked: President George Washington. Horn’s book is titled The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History. This interesting story is a reminder of how close the Revolutionary War and Civil War generations were to each other. Keep up with Horn’s work at JonathanHornAuthor.com, and follow him on Twitter @JonathanDHorn. 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: 5:22 — 4.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: James Shapiro – 5 Things About Shakespeare
Classics , History in Five / March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past.  Today, we offer bring you some new discoveries on one of history’s greatest authors: William Shakespeare. Yes, that Shakespeare. As incredible as it may seem, we’re still learning about the man who brought us Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest and so many other immortal plays. The man in the driver’s seat of our time machine is James Shapiro, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He’s the author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare, and the topic of our next episode: The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. You can hear that interview recorded in the shadow of Shakespeare’s Central Park statue . History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:20 — 4.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Walter Isaacson, the Invention of Video Games
History in Five / March 18, 2016

March 18, 2016 – Today on History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster, we’re going to hear from writer/journalist Walter Isaacson. He’s president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, and author of The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. He also brought us the acclaimed biography: Steve Jobs. You can like his Facebook page, or follow him @WalterIsaacson on Twitter. This week, the focus is on how the very earliest video games inspired the personal computer revolution. From Pong, Pac Man and Defender, to Doom, Halo and Starcraft, these games were anything but child’s play. They brought the computer into more vital roles, from business to medical breakthroughs. 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: 4:15 — 3.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Jan Jarboe Russell – The Train to Crystal City
History in Five / March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016 – Today’s history author, Jan Jarboe Russell, revisits the dark period of World War Two when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the infamous Executive order 9066. You may recall that we interviewed Kermit Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s great-great-grandson and a distant cousin to Franklin, about his novel Allegiance, covering the fight over these deportations at the Supreme Court. From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, Italian immigrants and their American-born children, who were all U.S. citizens. Ms. Russell takes a closer look at this travesty of justice in her non-fiction book: The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II. You can learn more about her work at JanJarboeRussell.com, or by following her on Twitter @JarboeJan. 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: 5:02 — 4.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Nicholas Griffin – Ping Pong Diplomacy
History in Five / March 4, 2016

March 4, 2016 – Nicholas Griffin shares the story of how a little white ball impacted the way we live on this big, blue marble. His book is titled, Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World. Just how did the United States and communist China go from the icy pictures of Cold War adversaries, to Nixon’s visit and a relationship that shocked the USSR? Well, believe it or not, table tennis helped communist China achieve a new relationship with America, and set the stage for Ronald Reagan to reach out to Mikhail Gorbachev, ultimately leading to the destruction of the Berlin Wall, and the Communist Bloc. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five every Friday morning. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:51 — 6.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Matthew Hart – Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal
History in Five / February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016 – Today’s history author, Matthew Hart, brings us…gold.  No, he’s not making us rich.  It’s the title of his latest book: Gold: the Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal.  It follows in the footsteps of his previous book: Diamond – The History of a Cold-Blooded Love Affair. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:22 — 5.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Michael Shelden – Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill
History in Five , World Leaders / February 19, 2016

February 19, 2016 – Today’s history author, Michael Shelden, is the author of Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill. You may recall hearing praise for Young Titan in our interview with Simon Read, author of Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent. The Greatest Briton’s early life is often overlooked, with people understandably focusing on the image of him as a heroic figure, standing on the White Cliffs of Dover, shaking his fist in defiance at Hitler across the channel. But Churchill’s path of destiny was not a straight one. What can the way he dealt with the many bumps and curves in the road, teach us about how to deal with adversity in our own lives? For more on the Greatest Briton life before greatness, you can also hear us catch up with Sir Winston’s great-grandson, Jonathan Sandys, as he discusses the future Prime Minister’s youthful sense of destiny in: God & Churchill: How the Great Leader’s Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five every Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people from the past.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:51…

H5F: John Taliaferro – All the Great Prizes
History in Five / February 12, 2016

February 12, 2016 – Today’s author, John Taliaferro, pans the camera lens of history just to the side of two great American presidents to focus on a man who worked for both. The book is All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt. John Hay may not be a name that jumps out at people today, but he had a front-row seat with Abraham Lincoln in the early 1860s, and Theodore Roosevelt in the early 1900s. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 7:18 — 6.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: David Maraniss – Vince Lombardi
History in Five , Sports / February 5, 2016

February 5, 2016 – On this Friday before Super Bowl 50, we’re going to focus on the name etched into the victory trophy: Lombardi. Best-selling author and historian David Maraniss shares five key facts about the NFL’s greatest coach from his biography, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi. If you’d like to hear more about the history of football this Super Bowl week, catch our interview with John J. Miller, author of The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football. It’s the story of how the Rough Rider reformed the game, at a time when — as with today’s concerns about concussions — some were calling to ban the pigskin pastime. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 4:44 — 4.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Richard Rhodes – The Spanish Civil War
History in Five / January 29, 2016

January 29, 2016 – Today’s history author, Richard Rhodes, has edited or authored several history books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, winner of a Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction. His most recent book is Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made. The fighting took place from 1936 to 1939, and so is often lost in the catastrophe of World War Two. But the Spanish Civil War featured many of the same players, and some names from literature that may surprise you. In many ways, Spain’s fighting set the stage for the carnage that was to engulf the world in flames. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend, with people from the past… Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:51 — 6.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Andrew D. Kaufman – Give War and Peace a Chance
History in Five / January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016 – Today’s history author, Andrew D. Kaufman, author of Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times. He’s going to share how, incredibly, one of the greatest works of fiction in history… almost didn’t happen. Fortunately, Leo Tolstoy married the right woman, and she helped him in ways nobody else could have. You can also follow today’s guest on Twitter @AndrewDKaufman. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:54 — 6.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

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

H5F: How FDR Defied Polio
History in Five / January 8, 2016

January 8, 2016 – Today, James Tobin — winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography — shares one of the greatest stories of defiance and overcoming infirmity in: The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency. When polio robbed Franklin Delano Roosevelt of his legs at age 39, the conventional wisdom agreed that his political career was over. Certainly nobody thought he’d rise to the office of his distant cousin, Eleanor’s uncle Theodore Roosevelt. But Roosevelt kept trying treatments, methods and exercises to cope with his disability — a method of never giving up and continuing to try that helped him confront the Great Depression, and the Second World War. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:08 — 5.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Barry Strauss, Why Murder Caesar?
History in Five / December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015 – Today, author Barry Strauss explores the political, military, and social motivations behind history’s most famous murder. Mr. Strauss is professor of history and classics at Cornell University, and a leading expert on ancient military history. Visit him @BarryStrauss on Twitter or at BarryStrauss.com. And don’t miss our full interview on his book, The Death of Caesar, when we upload it on December 21, 2015. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:43 — 5.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Dianne Hales – Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered
History in Five / December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Today, author Dianne Hales reveals the woman immortalized by the great master, Leonardo Da Vinci. Everybody remembers Mona Lisa’s smile, and has seen her face, but no one knew her full story — until now. You can find Dianne Hales on Twitter @DMHales, at Facebook.com/MonaLisaALifeDiscovered, or by visiting MonaLisaBook.com. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:44 — 6.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More