History Author Show

You’ll never look at a game of table tennis the same way again! It’s not uncommon for sports to play an important role in the political arena, but Nicholas Griffin’s take on the game of ping pong impacting the Cold War is particularly unique. Have

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Gold is that timeless symbol of wealth that never goes out of style. How and why did this element rise to dominate finance through the ages? Matthew Hart – who has also written about the history of diamonds – tells us about gold in this

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You’ve read a lot here about the legendary Winston Churchill, and for good reason! There is much to learn from his leadership and life story. In this week’s History in Five Friday segment, we hear from Michael Shelden, author of Young Titan: The Making of

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Behind-the-scenes stories are perhaps my favorite historical records, and this one gives us a glimpse of what it was like to start out as a White House staffer during the Lincoln administration. John Hay had poetic aspirations, but his writing talent caught Abe’s eye for

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It’s the weekend of Super Bowl L (50), and to commemorate the national game, we’ve brought some football stories to the History Author Show. Listen to the History in Five Friday segment with David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Story of Vince Lombardi, here: http://historyauthor.com/2016/02/h5f-david-maraniss-vince-lombardi/ Also, don’t

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The Spanish Civil War was on my mind when selecting this Friday’s segment because Joshua introduced me to Casablanca on my birthday last week (which happened to be the 73rd anniversary of the film’s release). Our hero, Rick Blaine, fought in it on the Loyalist (anti-fascist)

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Tolstoy was a household name when I was growing up because my father’s master thesis at Cornell University centered on the insightful Russian author and his passion for education. There is much to learn about the former soldier and teacher whose writing revolutionized the thinking of many

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There’s evidence that I have both Grant and Lee in my bloodline, but living in the Heart of Dixie the most you see of the former is probably on the $50 bill! I remember Dad talking about Grant writing his memoirs to provide for his family while

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This Christmas I produced a special episode for the History Author Show. Read more about it at LukeHistorians.com, and listen to the podcast at HistoryAuthor.com. December 25, 2015 – Traditionally, December 25th has been celebrated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. But a variety of historic factors

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The assassination that set the stage for Caesar Augustus to be in power – the emperor who ordered the census that resulted in prophecy of the birth of Christ being fulfilled in Bethlehem. Hear the History in Five episode here: http://historyauthor.com/2015/12/h5f-barry-strauss-why-murder-caesar/ Hear the full interview with

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