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, and pay him a visit at 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 |…

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 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 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

Michael J. Tougias – So Close to Home
WWII / May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016 – In this episode, our time machine touches down during the months after Pearl Harbor, as Hitler’s U-boats bring the Second World War to the Gulf of Mexico. On board the doomed steam merchant ship Heredia, we’ll bear witness to disaster with the Downs family, through the eyes of eight-year-old Sonny. We’ll also meet the commanders of two U-Boats, dispatched by Germany’s Admiral Dönitz, and see how they combine their duty to the Reich with offering mercy to survivors of their attacks. Our steward on this journey is Michael J. Tougias, co-author with Alison O’Leary of the book: So Close to Home – A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During World War II. Mr. Tougias is the New York Times bestselling author and co-author of two dozen books, including The Finest Hours, which served as basis for the Disney movie out in January 2016. He’s also given us Fatal Forecast. Overboard. King Philip’s War, Rescue of the Bounty, and There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe. You can find him at, or @MichaelTougias on Twitter.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 37:26 — 34.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |…

Teresa K. Irish – A Thousand Letters Home
WWII / December 7, 2015

December 7, 2015 – On this Pearl Harbor Day, we mark the Japanese attack on Hawaii, and travel back 75 years to meet Aarol W. “Bud” Irish in the European Theater where he fought the Nazis. On the Memorial Day after Bud passed away in 2006, his daughter Teresa opened her father’s mysterious old Army trunk and found stacks and stacks of letters from the front. Through these, she met her father as a young man, and shared him with us in: A Thousand Letters Home. Along with over 100 pictures, the book also includes the responses from Bud’s girl back home — who would eventually become his wife and Teresa’s mother. The book has proved such an inspiration to readers, that Teresa now spends her time doing public speaking on the letters, helping new generations of veterans and their families connect with the trauma that follows when the guns fall silent.  You can learn more at and by following Teresa @ThousandLetters on Twitter.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 42:51 — 39.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Kermit Roosevelt – Allegiance
Fiction , WWII / November 16, 2015

November 16, 2015 – Today, we travel back 75 years to a dark period of the Second World War. But the battlefield where liberty and tyranny clash isn’t Midway or Normandy Beach. It’s the hallowed halls of the United States Supreme Court. Our guide into this world is Kermit Roosevelt. His novel is Allegiance, a legal thriller built around the internment of Americans with Japanese ancestry — 62% of them American citizens — under Franklin Roosevelt’s infamous Executive Order 9066. Kermit Roosevelt happens to be distantly related to FDR through his great-great grandfather, Theodore Roosevelt. He’s also a constitutional law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, winner of the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award for his previous novel, In the Shadow of the Law, and a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Nelson DeMille wrote, “My favorite World War II historical novel was Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War. Now I have two favorites. Kermit Roosevelt’s Allegiance is an instant classic.” We also mentioned our interview with David O. Stewart, and his book on the Father of the Constitution: Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:39 — 36.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google…