John Sedgwick – Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation
Civil War , Native Americans / May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018 – Our time machine travels back to meet rival Cherokee chiefs in the decades leading up to and through the American Civil War, when the supporters of John Ross and The Ridge engaged in a blood feud that led to war, the infamous Trail of Tears, and the devastation of a once-proud nation encompassing what today is several southern states. Our guide on this journey is John Sedgwick who brings us Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation. John Sedgwick is the bestselling author of thirteen books, including War of Two — his acclaimed account of the Alexander Hamilton-Aaron Burr duel — two novels, and the family memoir In My Blood. You’ve seen his work in GQ, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, and The Atlantic. You can find him online at         Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:08:30 — 156.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Bob Drury, Tom Clavin – The Heart of Everything That Is
Native Americans / April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016 – Today on History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster, we’re going to hear from Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, co-authors who bring us: The Heart of Everything That Is — The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend. Red Cloud was the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army. At the peak of Red Cloud’s reign, the Sioux held dominion over one-fifth of what are now the lower 48 states. Men’s Health Contributing Editor and Military Correspondent Bob Drury has been nominated for three National Magazine Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. He has reported from such global hot spots as including Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and Darfur. He is also the author, co-author, or editor of nine nonfiction books. Tom Clavin is a best-selling author and has worked as a newspaper and web site editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and a reporter for The New York Times. 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: 6:06 — 5.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Jay Atkinson – Massacre on the Merrimack

March 28, 2016 – Step through the Guardian of Forever and back in time to colonial North America, in the heat of King William’s War. Our guide on this journey is Jay Atkinson, called “the bard of New England toughness” by Men’s Health magazine for his approach to writing and his topics. He shares the story of another tough New Englander in his new book, Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America. Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors in service to the Catholic French, raided the Puritan English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts, killing twenty-seven men, women and children, and taking thirteen survivors captive. Hannah Duston and her one-week-old daughter, Martha, were among these survivors — and it is there that our story begins. Jay Atkinson teaches journalism at Boston University, as well as a critic, essayist, investigative journalist, and itinerant amateur athlete up in Methuen, Massachusetts. He is also the author of the author of two novels, a collection of short fiction, and five nonfiction narrative books including Ice Time and Legends of Winter Hill. You can visit his website,, follow him @Atkinson_Jay on Twitter, or drop him a like…