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A special book, person or place has the power to transport us into the past, to times and moments long before we were born. You may reach the last page of a biography and mourn a person who died a century ago, or meet a fictional character so vivid, you become lifelong friends. The History Author Show vaults beyond the usual layman's questions, and offers a show by history lovers for history lovers. Enjoy fascinating guests who write history in their daily lives, including award-winning writers from publishers like Simon & Schuster. These are the people who build time machines with their words. New episodes every two weeks.

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A special book, person or place has the power to transport us into the past, to times and moments long before we were born. You may reach the last page of a biography and mourn a person who died a century ago, or meet a fictional character so vivid, you become lifelong friends. The History Author Show vaults beyond the usual layman's questions, and offers a show by history lovers for history lovers. Enjoy fascinating guests who write history in their daily lives, including award-winning writers from publishers like Simon & Schuster. These are the people who build time machines with their words. New episodes every two weeks.

    Bijan Bayne – Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball

    Bijan Bayne – Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball

    January 13, 2020 - Our time machine travels back to the Civil Rights era, to meet a man who fought the racial discrimination of his day on the basketball court, while using his platform to support those battling in courts of law. In the process, he was the first man ever described as a "superstar."



    We enjoy this 6' 5"pioneer's story in Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball. Giving us play by play courtside for the man who invented hangtime is award-winning cultural critic and sportswriter, Bijan C. Bayne. Bayne is a member of United States Basketball Writers Association, a founding member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, and an executive board member and media relations director for the Association for Professional Basketball Research.



    You can find our guest at Twitter @BijanCBayne and his blog at BijanC.WordPress.com. You can also enjoy our previous chat about Martha's Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race and Class.







     



     



     



     

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    S.C. Gwynne – Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

    S.C. Gwynne – Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

    December 16, 2019 - Our time machine travels back to the death throes of the Confederate States of America with New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist S.C. Gwynne who brings us Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War.



    Click here for an excerpt -- "Chapter One: The End of Begins."



    You can also enjoy our History in Five Friday segment on our guest's previous book, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, or pick up Empire of the Summer Moon, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in General Nonfiction that recounts the rise and fall of the Comanche. Learn more about our guest by visiting him at SCGwynne.com or @SCGwynne on Twitter.



    Sam Gwynne previously joined me in the fall of 2016, when we played four quarters with  a gridiron revolutionary in The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football. Find that interview in our archives at HistoryAuthor.com, iHeartRadio, iTunes, or wherever you listen to on-demand audio.







     



     

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    Cathryn J. Prince – Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman

    Cathryn J. Prince – Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman

    December 2, 2019 - Why would a Gilded Age woman climb the tallest mountains in the world? For the same reason a man would, of course: Because it's there. We meet the pioneer whose ambitions shattered glass ceilings on the very top of the world in Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman.



    Our sherpa as we climb through this compelling woman's life is Cathryn J. Prince whose previous books include American Daredevil, Death in the Baltic, and Shot from the Sky. She has worked as a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor in Switzerland and in New York, where she reported on the United Nations, and is a frequent contributor to The Times of Israel and fine magazines everywhere.



    Visit her at @CJPrince7676 on Instagram or Cathryn Prince on Twitter.







     



     



     



     

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    Donald E. McInnis – She’s So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family

    Donald E. McInnis – She’s So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family

    November 18, 2019 - What if you woke up to find your 12-year-old daughter dead, and the local police destroyed your house looking for evidence to pin the murder on your innocent son? Attorney Donald E. McInnis introduces us to the real-life family that endured this nightmare in She's So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family.



    On a winter day in 1998, the town of Escondido, California, awoke to the terrible news that 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe had been brutally savaged by a knife-wielding killer. Putting the verdict first and trial afterwards like the Queen of Hearts, investigators launched an inquisition to prove their conclusion rather than follow the evidence, employing a cruel array of psychological manipulation tools to force two of Michael's friends to confess to parts in a murder they hadn't committed.



    This book is a cautionary tale for anyone, dismissing the comforting notion that if we have done nothing wrong, we have nothing to hide. It's also a reminder that great injustices aren't just the stuff of some distant history of lynch mobs and show trials in banana republics. It's a very real threat in any system run by flawed human beings.



    You can find our guest online at DonaldMcInnis.com, or like the Hamilton & McInnis page on Facebook.







     



     

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    Clare Mulley – The Woman Who Saved the Children

    Clare Mulley – The Woman Who Saved the Children

    November 4, 2019 - How did a "spinster" who declared, "I don’t care for children," and called them "little wretches," launch an organization that not only saved millions of them, but changed the way the world treats young people to this day? Clare Mulley returns to introduce us into this enigmatic force for good in The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb, Founder of Save the Children.



    Proceeds from sales goes to support Save the Children.



    Beginning in 1919, the charity that celebrates its centennial in 2019 has fought to uphold the human rights of children worldwide. Although today the charity is promoted by big-name stars and enjoys widespread recognition, it's origin traces back to a forgotten founder, Eglantyne Jebb, who lived a short life but left an enduring legacy.



    Clare Mulley joined Save the Children as a corporate fundraiser in the 1990s. We last caught up with Clare to discuss her book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler: A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry. For more on this historian, follow @Clare Mulley on Twitter, or toss a like to Clare Mulley Author on Facebook.







     



     

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    David Pietrusza – Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series

    David Pietrusza – Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series

    October 21, 2019 - Our time machine travels back to the Jazz Age, where we'll meet gambling mastermind Arnold Rothstein, whose lust for a sure thing inspired the most audacious and infamous scam in sports history: Fixing the World Series 100 seasons ago.



    The Chicago White Sox took a dive on baseball's biggest stage against the Cincinnati Reds in the infamous "Black Sox" Scandal, in a scheme manipulated by A.R. (known as "The Brain" and "The Big Bankroll"), who spread cash around to everyone from bookies and judges to cops and politicians.



    Returning to share his Cracker Jack historical wisdom is David Pietrusza, who brings us his award-winning book, Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series. We last chatted with the legendary historian about his latest title, TR's Last War: Theodore Roosevelt, the Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy.  You can find that interview at HistoryAuthor.com, iTunes, our iHeartRadio Channel, or wherever you enjoy on-demand audio.



    David Pietrusza has written or edited enough best-selling, award-winning books to fill the visiting dugout, including those on the pivotal presidential election years 1920, 1932, 1948, and 1960.  He's appeared everywhere from C-Span and the History Channel, to ESPN and Fox Sports Channel. He's also featured on AMC's Making of the Mob: New York. It's easy to see why he's been called one "one of the great political historians of all time."



    This interview was conducted at Historic Albany Rural Cemetery, after the October 5, 2019 ceremony marking President Chester A. Arthur's 190th birthday. Watch David Pietrusza's remarks at his grave site here.



    Follow him @DPietrusza on Twitter and visit DavidPietrusza.com for more.







     



     

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