Book Breaks Archive

Most Recent Book Breaks

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

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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 Bookshop Store.


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 Bookshop Store.


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

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

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

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

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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

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

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July 12, 2020 - Martha Hodes discussed Mourning Lincoln

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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