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PA Books features authors of books about Pennsylvania-related topics. These hour-long conversations allow authors to discuss both their subject matter and inspiration behind the books.

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    • Arts
    • 4.6 • 65 Ratings

PA Books features authors of books about Pennsylvania-related topics. These hour-long conversations allow authors to discuss both their subject matter and inspiration behind the books.

    "Voices from Gettysburg" with Allen Guelzo

    "Voices from Gettysburg" with Allen Guelzo

    Gathering a treasure trove of powerful, rare, and haunting original documents, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning historian Allen C. Guelzo presents a uniquely readable and intimate oral history of the Civil War's turning point. We hear from a Union staff officer, a Confederate amputee, artilleryman, a sympathetic Northern woman, a Union prisoner-of-war, Union colonels and Confederate generals, a drummer boy, a fearful college student, those who orchestrated the Battle of Gettysburg, those who survived it, and those who would perish.

    • 57 min
    "Pennsylvania Government and Politics" with Thomas Baldino and Paula Duda Holoviak

    "Pennsylvania Government and Politics" with Thomas Baldino and Paula Duda Holoviak

    This book provides a comprehensive examination of the Keystone State's formal and informal political institutions and players, past and present, and elucidates the place each holds in governing the commonwealth today. Covering a period of more than three hundred years, this volume presents a clear and succinct overview of the commonwealth's political history, culture, and geography.

    • 57 min
    "Work, Fight, Or Play Ball" with William Ecenbarger

    "Work, Fight, Or Play Ball" with William Ecenbarger

    In 1918, Bethlehem Steel started the world's greatest industrial baseball league. Appealing to Major League Baseball players looking to avoid service in the Great War, teams employed "ringers" like Babe Ruth, Rogers Hornsby, and Shoeless Joe Jackson in what became scornfully known as "safe shelter" leagues.

    • 48 min
    "Gen X Pittsburgh" with David Rullo

    "Gen X Pittsburgh" with David Rullo

    Beginning in the early 1990s, Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood began to transform from the post-industrial morass it had been suffering for the last few decades. Artists began to rent empty apartments, what were once shot-and-a-beer bars became hip dive bars and entrepreneurs found inexpensive real estate to follow their visions. It was in this landscape that the Beehive Coffeehouse began to attract a new 90s alternative crowd.

    • 57 min
    "Harrisburg in WWI and the 1918 Pandemic" with Rodney Ross

    "Harrisburg in WWI and the 1918 Pandemic" with Rodney Ross

    In 1917, at the start of World War I, among global war and a global pandemic, Harrisburgers stepped up and served. The city experienced tribulations as residents feared espionage, suspected foreigners and demanded loyalty. Hospitals struggled with the 1918 flu at their doorstep. Join author Rodney Ross as he charts the World War I era and the Harrisburg home front.

    • 52 min
    "George Washington in the French & Indian War" with Scott Patchan

    "George Washington in the French & Indian War" with Scott Patchan

    George Washington has frequently been criticized for his first military campaign, which sparked the French and Indian War. While his campaign failed to meet its objectives, Washington experienced his first taste of military command, dealing with situations that ultimately proved beyond his control, and learned lessons that made him into the man who led the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

TildaJean ,

When I was White

Thank you for this engrossing interview! Well done.

seaxz ,

Was good now it just leans left

Like the title said there used to be all kinds of stuff on here. Now it seems like it all slants hard left. Whether it be historically or present day. And I like that every once and awhile but it just seems like your bludgeoning me with it. A little bit of balance or no slants at all could easy make this a five again

I-Am ,

Mine eyes have seen

Local author Anthony Moulton published a book this year, you should interview him! He is a Marine Corps veteran from Lincoln University. His book “mine eyes have see” is a great book describing consequences of how we treat each other and moral obigation.

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