Most Recent Book Breaks
October 3, 2021 - Carl Smith discussed his book Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City.
Previous Book Breaks
May 10, 2020 - Eric Foner discussed his 2019 book, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution.
May 17, 2020 - Annette Gordon-Reed discussed her Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Hemingses of Monticello.
May 24, 2020 - John M. Barry discussed his book The Great Influenza.
May 31, 2020 - Richard Stengel discussed his 2019 book Information Wars.
June 7, 2020 - Peniel Joseph discussed his book The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
June 14, 2020 - Elizabeth Varon discussed her 2019 book Armies of Deliverance.
June 21, 2020 - Edward Widmer discussed his book Lincoln on the Verge
June 28, 2020 - Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie Harris discussed their book Sexuality and Slavery
July 5, 2020 - Allen Guelzo discussed his book Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
July 12, 2020 - Martha Hodes discussed Mourning Lincoln
July 19, 2020 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad discussed his book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America
July 26, 2020 - James Shapiro discussed his book Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future
August 2, 2020 - Carol Berkin discussed her book Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence
August 9, 2020 - Kellie Carter Jackson discussed her book Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence
August 16, 2020 - Caroline Winterer discussed her book American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason
August 23, 2020 - Martha S. Jones discussed her book Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All
August 30, 2020 - Catherine Clinton discussed her book Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War
September 6, 2020 - Alan Taylor discussed his book Thomas Jefferson’s Education
September 13, 2020 - Elaine Weiss discussed her book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
September 20, 2020 - Richard Brookhiser discussed his book Give Me Liberty: A History of America’s Exceptional Idea
September 27, 2020 - Richard J. M. Blackett discussed his book The Captive's Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the Politics of Slavery
October 4, 2020 - Rick Atkinson discussed his book The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775–1777
October 11, 2020 - Harold Holzer discussed his book The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media from the Founding Fathers to Fake News
October 18, 2020 - Christopher Leslie Brown discussed his book Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism
October 25, 2020 - Manisha Sinha discussed her book The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition
November 1, 2020 - Lonnie G. Bunch III discussed his book A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump
November 8, 2020 - Kariann Akemi Yokota discussed her book Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation
November 15, 2020 - David Reynolds discussed his book Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times
November 22, 2020 - David Blight discussed his book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
December 6, 2020 - Susan Eisenhower discussed her book How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions
December 13, 2020 - Brenda E. Stevenson discussed her book What Is Slavery?
December 20, 2020 - Colin G. Calloway discussed his book The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation
January 3, 2021 - Serena Zabin discussed her book The Boston Massacre: A Family History
January 10, 2021 - Marcus P. Nevius discussed his book City of Refuge: Slavery and Petit Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1763–1856
January 17, 2021 - Victoria Phillips discussed her book Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy
January 24, 2021 - James Oakes discussed his book The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution
January 31, 2021 - Mary Beth Norton discussed her book 1774: The Long Year of Revolution
February 7, 2021 - Amanda Bellows discussed her book American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination
February 14, 2021 - Brandon R. Byrd discussed his book The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti
February 21, 2021 - Kabria Baumgartner discussed her book In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America
February 28, 2021 - Ilisa Barbash, Molly Rogers, and Deborah Willis (eds.) discussed their book To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes
March 7, 2021 - Edward L. Ayers discussed his book The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America
March 14, 2021 - Thavolia Glymph discussed her book The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation
March 21, 2021 - Sophie White discussed her book Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana
March 28, 2021 - Catherine Kerrison discussed her book Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America
April 4, 2021 - Mia Bay discussed her book Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance
April 11, 2021 - Kate Masur discussed her book Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction
April 18, 2021 - Richard Haass discussed his book The World: A Brief Introduction
April 25, 2021 - John Avlon discussed his book Washington's Farewell: The Founding Fathers Warning to Future Generations
May 2, 2021 - Alexander Keyssar discussed his book Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?
May 9, 2021 - Martha Saxton discussed her book The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington
May 16, 2021 - Van Gosse discussed his book The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in American, From the Revolution to the Civil War
May 23, 2021 - David Head discussed his book A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution
May 30, 2021 - Robert Watson discussed his book George Washington's Final Battle: The Epic Struggle to Build a Capital City and Nation
June 6, 2021 - Carolyn Eastman discussed her book The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity
June 13, 2021 - Max Edelson discussed his book The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence.
June 20, 2021 - Matthew R. Costello discussed his book The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President.
June 27, 2021 - Tamika Nunley discussed her book At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C.
July 4, 2021 - David Armitage discussed his book The Declaration of Independence: A Global History.
July 11, 2021 - Jane Hong discussed her book Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion.
July 18, 2021 - Anna Malaika Tubbs discussed her book The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation.
July 25, 2021 - Jessica Marie Johnson discussed her book Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World.
August 1, 2021 - Clint Smith discussed his book How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery across America.
August 8, 2021 - Adrian Brettle discussed his book Colossal Ambitions: Confederate Planning for a Post–Civil War World.
August 15, 2021 - Gordon H. Chang discussed his book Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
August 22, 2021 - Julie Winch discussed her book Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America from Settlement to the Civil War..
August 29, 2021 - Garrett Graff discussed his book Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11..
September 5, 2021 - Fredrik Logevall discussed his book JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917–1956.
September 12, 2021 - Ada Ferrer discussed her book Cuba: An American History..
September 19, 2021 - Johann N. Neem discussed his book Democracy's Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America..
September 26, 2021 - Jeff Shesol discussed his book Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War.