Book Breaks Archive

Most Recent Book Breaks

 


July 25, 2021 - Jessica Marie Johnson discusses her book Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World.

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Previous Book Breaks


May 10, 2020 - Eric Foner discussed his 2019 book, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution.

Order The Second Founding at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


May 17, 2020 - Annette Gordon-Reed discussed her Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Hemingses of Monticello.

Order The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


May 24, 2020 - John M. Barry discussed his book The Great Influenza.

Order The Great Influenza at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


May 31, 2020 - Richard Stengel discussed his 2019 book Information Wars.

Order Information Wars at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


June 7, 2020 - Peniel Joseph discussed his book The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Order The Sword and the Shield at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


June 14, 2020 - Elizabeth Varon discussed her 2019 book Armies of Deliverance.

Order Armies of Deliverance at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


June 21, 2020 - Edward Widmer discussed his book Lincoln on the Verge

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June 28, 2020 - Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie Harris discussed their book Sexuality and Slavery

Order Sexuality and Slavery at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


July 5, 2020 - Allen Guelzo discussed his book Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

Order Gettysburg: The Last Invasion at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


July 12, 2020 - Martha Hodes discussed Mourning Lincoln

Order Mourning Lincoln at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


July 19, 2020 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad discussed his book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America

Order The Condemnation of Blackness at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


July 26, 2020 - James Shapiro discussed his book Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future

Order Shakespeare in a Divided America at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


August 2, 2020 - Carol Berkin discussed her book Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence

Order Revolutionary Mothers at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


August 9, 2020 - Kellie Carter Jackson discussed her book Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence

Order Force and Freedom at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


August 16, 2020 - Caroline Winterer discussed her book American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason

Order American Enlightenments at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


August 23, 2020 - Martha S. Jones discussed her book Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

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August 30, 2020 - Catherine Clinton discussed her book Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War

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September 6, 2020 - Alan Taylor discussed his book Thomas Jefferson’s Education

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September 13, 2020 - Elaine Weiss discussed her book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

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September 20, 2020 - Richard Brookhiser discussed his book Give Me Liberty: A History of America’s Exceptional Idea

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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

Order The Captive's Quest for Freedom at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


October 4, 2020 - Rick Atkinson discussed his book The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775–1777

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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

Order The Presidents vs. the Press at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


October 18, 2020 - Christopher Leslie Brown discussed his book Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism

Order Moral Capital at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


October 25, 2020 - Manisha Sinha discussed her book The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition

Order The Slave’s Cause at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


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

Order A Fool’s Errand at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


November 8, 2020 - Kariann Akemi Yokota discussed her book Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation

Order Unbecoming British at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


November 15, 2020 - David Reynolds discussed his book Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times

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November 22, 2020 - David Blight discussed his book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

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December 6, 2020 - Susan Eisenhower discussed her book How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions

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December 13, 2020 - Brenda E. Stevenson discussed her book What Is Slavery?

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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

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January 3, 2021 - Serena Zabin discussed her book The Boston Massacre: A Family History

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January 10, 2021 - Marcus P. Nevius discussed his book City of Refuge: Slavery and Petit Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1763–1856

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January 17, 2021 - Victoria Phillips discussed her book Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy

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January 24, 2021 - James Oakes discussed his book The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution

Order The Crooked Path to Abolition at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


January 31, 2021 - Mary Beth Norton discussed her book 1774: The Long Year of Revolution

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February 7, 2021 - Amanda Bellows discussed her book American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination

Order American Slavery and Russian Serfdom at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


February 14, 2021 - Brandon R. Byrd discussed his book The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti

Order The Black Republic at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


February 21, 2021 - Kabria Baumgartner discussed her book In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America

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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

Order To Make Their Own Way in the World at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


March 7, 2021 - Edward L. Ayers discussed his book The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

Order The Thin Light of Freedom at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.

March 14, 2021 - Thavolia Glymph discussed her book The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation

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March 21, 2021 - Sophie White discussed her book Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana

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March 28, 2021 - Catherine Kerrison discussed her book Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America

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April 4, 2021 - Mia Bay discusses her book Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance

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April 11, 2021 - Kate Masur discussed her book Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction

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April 18, 2021 - Richard Haass discussed his book The World: A Brief Introduction

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April 25, 2021 - John Avlon discussed his book Washington's Farewell: The Founding Fathers Warning to Future Generations

Order Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.


May 2, 2021 - Alexander Keyssar discussed his book Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? 

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May 9, 2021 - Martha Saxton discussed her book The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington

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May 16, 2021 - Van Gosse discussed his book The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in American, From the Revolution to the Civil War

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May 23, 2021 - David Head discussed his book A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution

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May 30, 2021 - Robert Watson discussed his book George Washington's Final Battle: The Epic Struggle to Build a Capital City and Nation

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June 6, 2021 - Carolyn Eastman discussed her book The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity

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June 13, 2021 - Max Edelson discusses his book The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence

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June 20, 2021 - Matthew R. Costello discusses his book The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President.

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June 27, 2021 - Tamika Nunley discussed her book At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C.

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July 4, 2021 - David Armitage discussed his book The Declaration of Independence: A Global History

Order The Declaration of Independence: A Global History at the Gilder Lehrman Book Shop.


July 11, 2021 - Jane Hong discussed her book Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion.

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July 18, 2021 - Anna Malaika Tubbs discusses her book The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation.

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