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Welcome to Speaking of Writers. Veteran broadcaster Steve Richards interviews local, regional and best selling authors. For more info email steve @ sval622@sbcglobal.net. Cover art photo provided by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@thepootphotographer Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steve-richards/support


American Rule How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed Its People By Jared Yates Sexton
Oct 21 • 10 min
Since the country’s founding, Americans in power have subjugated others for personal gain, making their fortunes through slavery, plundering resources and land, fighting to prevent and destroy organized labor, and weaving inequality into the nation’s…
Mainlining Philly: Survival, Hope and Resisting Drug Addiction by Dr. Geri-Lynn Utter, PsyD.
Oct 18 • 13 min
In MAINLINING PHILLY: Survival, Hope and Resisting Drug Addiction, Dr. Geri-Lynn Utter, PsyD., tells her disturbing but inspirational story of growing up as the child of drug addicts. Meeting Dr. Geri-Lynn, a Philadelphia native for the first time, it…
I Am Anne Frank and I Am Benjamin Franklin By Brad Meltzer
Oct 17 • 9 min
The New York Times bestselling Ordinary People Change the World series welcomes the 21st and 22nd additions to the collection this fall: I AM ANNE FRANK and I AM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. The inception for this series, now with more than 3.5 million copies in…
The Killer’s Shadow By John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
Oct 16 • 17 min
The legendary FBI criminal profiler and international bestselling author of MINDHUNTER and THE KILLER ACROSS THE TABLE returns with this timely, relevant book that goes to the heart of extremism and domestic terrorism, examining in-depth his chilling…
Invisible Girl- Lisa Jewell
Oct 15 • 13 min
Whether you know her from her million-copy and #1 New York Times bestselling phenomena Then She Was Gone or her Good Morning America book club pick The Family Upstairs, or even if you haven’t read her at all, Lisa Jewell’s INVISIBLE GIRL (Atria Books)…
On All Fronts:The Education of a Journalist By Clarissa Ward
Oct 14 • 10 min
Over the past months, viewers have watched Clarissa Ward, CNN’s chief international correspondent, report from the Syria-Turkish border as Kurdish families fled Turkish artillery; Ukraine, where she went to the front lines of the Ukrainian army’s fight…
ABE: Abraham Lincoln in his Times By David S. Reynolds
Oct 13 • 11 min
David S. Reynolds, author of the Bancroft Prize-winning cultural biography of Walt Whitman and many other iconic works of nineteenth century American history, understands the currents in which Abraham Lincoln swam as well as anyone alive. His magisterial…
Unrestricted Access New and Classic Short Fiction by James Rollins
Oct 12 • 13 min
In this breathtaking new publication, James Rollins brings together twelve thrilling stories that dig deeper into his creative stomping grounds and open vistas into new landscapes and characters. At the center of UNRESTRICTED ACCESS is the…
THE PRESIDENTS VS. THE PRESS by Harold Holzer
Oct 10 • 14 min
Seldom has our free press faced so great a threat, and yet, the tension between presidents and journalists is as old as the republic itself. George Washington, upon seeing an unflattering caricature of himself in a local newspaper “got into one of those…
Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger
Oct 9 • 11 min
About Confessions on the 7:45: Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman…
The Searcher by Tana French
Oct 8 • 9 min
New York Times bestselling author Tana French is that rare breed of writer who creates great excitement with the publication of each of her crime novels. Her eighth novel and second standalone, THE SEARCHER (Viking), has already become a standout and a…
The Last Brahmin Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. And The Making of The Cold War By Luke A. Nichter
Oct 7 • 15 min
Based on new archival discoveries, the first biography of a man who was at the center of U.S. foreign policy for a generation Few have ever enjoyed the degree of foreign-policy influence and versatility that Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. did—in the postwar era,…
Bundini Don’t Believe the Hype By Todd D. Snyder
Oct 6 • 14 min
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Everyone knows the catch phrase, but few know who coined it—much less anything about him. His name was Drew “Bundini” Brown, and in Bundini: Don’t Believe the Hype, Todd D. Snyder tells his story. One of…
BIG DIRTY MONEY The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime by Jennifer Taub
Oct 5 • 11 min
White collar crime is running rampant in the United States, and it’s costing Americans an untold amount of money. White collar crimes like fraud and embezzlement rob victims anywhere from $300 billion to $800 billion annually, while street level crimes…
The Queen of Tuesday A Lucille Ball Story By Darin Strauss
Oct 1 • 12 min
On the heels of his National Book Critics Circle Award-winning memoir Half a Life, Darin Strauss, author of the New York Times bestseller Chang & Eng, presents us with a wild and indelible story based on the loves and losses of Lucille Ball, the woman who…
THE LAST MILLION Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War by David Nasaw
Oct 1 • 15 min
Historian David Nasaw is the author of the acclaimed biographies The Patriarch, Andrew Carnegie, and The Chief, which together have been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winner of Bancroft Prize, Lukas Prize, New-York Historical Society’s American…
Not a Gentleman’s Work The Untold Story of a Gruesome Murder at Sea and the Long Road to Truth By Gerard Koeppel
Sep 30 • 12 min
In Not a Gentleman’s Work: The Untold Story of a Gruesome Murder at Sea and the Long Road to Truth, Gerard Koeppel combines history with true crime, revealing long-buried evidence from the most notorious murder in American nautical history. The book…
MS-13: The Making of America’s Most Notorious Gang by Steven Dudley
Sep 29 • 12 min
Steven Dudley is the co-founder and co-director of InSight Crime, a think tank focused on organized crime in the Americas, and a senior fellow at American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies in Washington, DC. Dudley combines…
Made Men: The Story of Goodfellas By Glenn Kenny
Sep 28 • 15 min
For the thirtieth anniversary of its premiere comes the vivid and immersive history behind Martin Scorsese’s signature film Goodfellas, hailed by critics as the greatest mob movie ever made. About the Author Glenn Kenny is a long time film critic based in…
FINDING MY FATHER His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow by Deborah Tannen
Sep 25 • 13 min
Long before Deborah Tannen became a bestselling author and internationally renowned linguist at Georgetown University, she was a young girl who adored her father—profoundly influenced by his gift for writing and storytelling. In her riveting memoir,…
REAGANLAND: America’s Right Turn 1976-1980 By Rick Perlstein
Sep 22 • 12 min
With REAGANLAND: America’s Right Turn 1976-1980 , historian Rick Perlstein concludes his sweeping four-volume account of the rise of modern American conservatism. Over two decades (and more than three thousand pages), Perlstein has published three…
Vince Flynn- Total Power-A Mitch Rapp Novel by Kyle Mills
Sep 19 • 10 min
In the next thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series, it’s a race against the clock when ISIS takes out the entire US power grid and throws the country into chaos. When Mitch Rapp captures ISIS’s top technology expert, he reveals…
TRUMP ON TRIAL: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath-Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan
Sep 10 • 12 min
TRUMP ON TRIAL: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath by Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalists Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan, in collaboration with The Post staff. Anchored in fresh reporting and interviews from Washington…
S.A. Cosby- Blacktop Wasteland
Aug 31 • 8 min
BLACKTOP WASTELAND (Flatiron Books) is about a diamond heist schemed up by an uneasy alliance of poor men and women. Black and white, they live in the Virginia Tidewater region in a town where the desire to be more, have more, leave and live large haunts.…
Debbie Macomber-A WALK ALONG THE BEACH
Aug 24 • 10 min
Readers everywhere turn to Debbie Macomber for stories of love, loss, and hope. In A WALK ALONG THE BEACH (Ballantine), two sisters must learn from each other’s strengths and trust in the redeeming power of love, ultimately discovering that even in the…
Michel Paradis-LAST MISSION TO TOKYO: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice
Aug 18 • 14 min
In 1942, freshly humiliated from the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt demanded a show of strength against the Japanese. Jimmy Doolittle, a stunt pilot with a doctorate from MIT, came forward and led eighty young men on a seemingly impossible…
Lorraine Toth- Psychic Serendipity
Aug 14 • 8 min
Sadie’s sad past means she’s been carrying guilt for years. Is she strong enough to let it all go and accept the joy destiny is offering? She is a successful photographer and single mother who is juggling it all. When a chance encounter with a psychic…
Richard J Ellis- Old Tip vs. the Sly Fox The 1840 Election and the Making of a Partisan Nation
Aug 8 • 17 min
Usually remembered for its slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler too,” the election of 1840 is also the first presidential election of which it might be truly said, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Tackling a contest best known for log cabins, cider barrels, and catchy…
Chris Frantz- Remain in Love-Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina
Aug 7 • 15 min
One of the most dynamic groups of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Talking Heads, founded by drummer Chris Frantz, his girlfriend Tina Weymouth, and lead singer David Byrne, burst onto the music scene, playing at CBGBs, touring Europe with the Ramones, and creating…
Samantha Downing -He Started It
Aug 5 • 10 min
From the twisted mind behind mega hit My Lovely Wife comes the story of a family—not unlike your own—just with a few more violent tendencies thrown in…. Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get…
Brad Balukjian- The Wax Pack: On the open road in search of baseball’s afterlife
Aug 3 • 11 min
THE PREMISE The Wax Pack: On the open road in search of baseball’s afterlife is the true story of tracking down all the players in a single pack of 1986 Topps on a 11,341-mile road trip across the U.S. What started out as a fit of nostalgia became…
JAX MILLER - HELL IN THE HEARTLAND: Murder, Meth, and the Case of Two Missing Girls
Aug 3 • 10 min
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jax Miller is an American author. While hitchhiking across America in her twenties, she wrote her first novel, Freedom’s Child, for which she won the 2016 Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle and earned several CWA Dagger nominations. She has…
Julian Zelizer-BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party
Jul 31 • 9 min
One of America’s premier historians traces the origin story of our deeply partisan times, examining how Newt Gingrich and his allies reshaped Washington with an anti-establishment, take-no-prisoners approach to politics When Donald Trump was elected…
Larry Tye- Demagogue
Jul 30 • 11 min
Demagogue is two books in one – a biography of Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy, one of the most reviled figures in U.S. history, and a broader look at America’s long-standing love affair with bullies. Author Larry Tye got the first-ever access to…
Brian Freeman- Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Evolution
Jul 30 • 10 min
About THE BOURNE EVOLUTION: After the death of his lover in a mass shooting, secret agent and the man without a past, Jason Bourne is convinced that there is more to her murder than it seems. Worse, he believes that Treadstone, the clandestine spy agency…
Megan Collins- Behind The Red Door
Jul 29 • 12 min
From the author of the “suspenseful, atmospheric, and completely riveting” (Megan Miranda) Book of the Month Club selection The Winter Sister (2019), Megan Collins returns with this summer’s breakout thriller, Behind the Red Door ( Atria). A gripping,…
Julie Pennell- Louisiana Lucky
Jul 29 • 10 min
Julie Pennell, author of the critically acclaimed debut, The Young Wives Club, returns with her latest Southern charmer, LOUISIANA LUCKY . For fans of Mary Alice Monroe and Kristy Woodson Harvey, the story stars three sisters who win a huge lottery prize.…
Shari Lapena- The End of Her
Jul 28 • 11 min
A new domestic suspense novel from Shari Lapena, the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Someone We Know. Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin girls. The babies are a handful, but even as Stephanie…
Kevin Kwan- Sex and Vanity
Jul 28 • 11 min
The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with a glittering tale of love and longing as a young woman finds herself torn between two worlds – the WASP establishment of her father’s family and George Zao, a man she is…
Colin Woodard-UNION: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood
Jul 24 • 13 min
In his popular book, American Nations, award-winning journalist Colin Woodard argued for the existence of 11 separate stateless nations within the United States, where rival cultures explain history, identity, and voting behaviors. With his new book,…
Archie Brown- The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War
Jul 24 • 8 min
In this penetrating analysis of the role of political leadership in the Cold War’s ending, Archie Brown shows why the popular view that Western economic and military strength left the Soviet Union with no alternative but to admit defeat is wrong. To…
Ted Bell- Dragonfire
Jul 24 • 12 min
About DRAGONFIRE In 1941, the new Chinese ambassador to the United States, Tiger Tang, meets with President Roosevelt one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. For the next four years, China and the U.S. will be wartime allies, but the charming,…
Christopher J. Leahy-President Without a Party- The Life of John Tyler
Jul 17 • 10 min
Historians have long viewed President John Tyler as one of the nation’s least effective heads of state. In President without a Party—the first full- scale biography of Tyler in more than fifty years and the first new academic study of him in eight…
Todd Zolecki-Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay
Jul 17 • 9 min
Roy “Doc” Halladay was an All-Star, a two-time Cy Young winner, a superstar and ultimately a Hall of Famer. But Roy was also a quiet enigma, a man who worked harder than anyone and let his pitches do his talking. He intimidated opponents, and his silent…
Ace Atkins- The Revelators
Jul 17 • 11 min
Former Army Ranger Quinn Colson returned a decade ago to his native Tibbehah County, Mississippi, to serve as sheriff. In the last nine books of the series, he has sparred with white supremacists, collided with corrupt religious leaders, and grappled with…
Tracy Tutor-FEAR IS JUST A FOUR-LETTER WORD: How to Develop the Unstoppable Confidence to Own Any Room
Jul 16 • 7 min
Behind Tracy Tutor’s entertaining on-screen persona is an uncanny knack for projecting confidence in the most intimidating of circumstances. The breezy, tough-talking, utterly inimitable LA real estate broker has rivaled her male co-stars to land…
Megha Majumdar- A Burning
Jul 15 • 10 min
A BURNING is about three characters whose lives become entwined after a terrorist attack in India. It is taut, electrifying, and dazzling. “I started writing A Burning from a place of alarm and anger,” says Megha Majumdar, “I saw a world changing in…
Sara Paretsky- Love & Other Crimes
Jul 14 • 10 min
In this spellbinding collection, Paretsky showcases her extraordinary talents in a new V.I. Warshawski story, along with fourteen additional short stories, eight of those featuring the indomitable detective. As Publishers Weekly praised, ““The love that…
Jane L Rosen- Eliza Starts A Rumor
Jul 14 • 8 min
About ELIZA STARTS A RUMOR by Jane L. Rosen Eliza Hunt is the creator of the Hudson Valley Ladies’ Bulletin Board, a local social media group for the mothers of her community just north of New York City that she started when her twins were barely out of…
Mark Cannizzaro- Seven Days in Augusta: Behind the Scenes at the Masters
Jul 2 • 19 min
In Seven Days in Augusta: Behind the Scenes at the Masters (Triumph Books), veteran New York Post sportswriter Mark Cannizzaro explores the rich history and deep connection between Augusta National and the world’s most iconic and prestigious golf…
Tracy Campbell- The Year of Peril, America in 1942
Jun 26 • 10 min
The Second World War exists in the American historical imagination as a time of unity and optimism. In 1942, however, after a series of defeats in the Pacific and the struggle to establish a beachhead on the European front, America seemed to be on the…
Chanel Cleeton- The Last Train to Key West
Jun 26 • 11 min
THE LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST is another example of Chanel Cleeton’s gorgeous historical storytelling as she brings to life three bold young women whose paths cross over Labor Day weekend, 1935, when a devastating storm wreaks havoc on the Florida Keys – the…
Tom Clavin- TOMBSTONE: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell
Jun 19 • 11 min
Tom Clavin’s popular Western histories have delighted readers and earned critical accolades. Like many, Clavin is fascinated by the larger-than-life personalities and enduring myths that surround the Wild West. His histories take on those myths and…
Robert Dallek-HOW DID WE GET HERE?: From Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump
Jun 19 • 13 min
Renowned New York Times bestselling historian and presidential scholar Robert Dallek believes that President Trump is ignorant of the histories of the presidencies that came before 1993. “It was only with the Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama…
Chris Wallace- Countdown 1945
Jun 19 • 10 min
From Chris Wallace, the veteran journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday, comes an electrifying behind-the-scenes account of the 116 days leading up to the American attack on Hiroshima. April 12, 1945: After years of bloody conflict in Europe and the…
Doug J Swanson- CULT OF GLORY- : The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers
Jun 11 • 11 min
The Texas Rangers came to life in 1823, when Texas was still part of Mexico. Nearly 200 years later, the Rangers are still going, one of the most famous of all law enforcement agencies. Countless movies, television shows, and pulp novels have celebrated…
Nicholas Basbanes- CROSS OF SNOW: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Jun 11 • 17 min
The first major biography of “a poet of the people” in 50 years, CROSS OF SNOW: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Nicholas Basbanes. Cross of Snow gets its title from a sonnet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow(1807-1882) wrote toward the end of his life to…
Kristan Higgins- Always The Last To Know
Jun 8 • 11 min
In her newest novel, ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW (Berkley Trade Paperback Original), Higgins tackles fractured family relationships through the story of a quietly unhappy nuclear family trapped in a narrative of their own making. Barb and John Frost, who…
Danielle Trussoni- The Ancestor
Jun 8 • 11 min
THE ANCESTOR by Danielle Trussoni —her triumphant return to fiction a decade after the critically acclaimed publication of her breakout novels Angelolgy and Angeloplis. As the horror columnist for the New York Times Book Review, Trussoni has a unique…
Tim McGrath- JAMES MONROE: A Life
Jun 4 • 14 min
Among the extraordinary group of early Americans who became known as the Founding Fathers, James Monroe may be the least recognized. But with the remarkable range of his service to the nation, and his extraordinary skill in shepherding the young nation…
Jeffrey Deaver- The Goodbye Man
Jun 4 • 12 min
About the Book: The Osiris Foundation is located in a vast rural area near the beautiful but remote Snoqualmie Gap in Washington State. It bills itself as a faith-based organization that helps troubled people overcome addiction and other problems. Its…
David Pepper- The Voter File
Jun 4 • 12 min
As November approaches, foreign interference in our election process weighs heavily on our public conscience. Novelist David Pepper—who in 2015 was unanimously elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of Ohio—lends his singular political expertise and…
Thomas Wolf- The Called Shot
Jun 4 • 12 min
In the summer of 1932, at the beginning of the turbulent decade that would remake America, baseball fans were treated to one of the most thrilling seasons in the history of the sport. As the nation drifted deeper into the Great Depression and reeled from…
Stephen Fritz- The First Soldier Hitler as Military Leader
May 29 • 13 min
A leading expert reexamines history to offer a stunningly original portrait of Hitler as a competent military commander and strategist After Germany’s humiliating World War II defeat, numerous German generals published memoirs claiming that their…
Dave Wedge- Hunting Whitey
May 28 • 12 min
Based on exclusive, fresh reporting, HUNTING WHITEY is the thrilling, definitive inside story of the pursuit, capture, and killing of legendary South Boston mob boss, James “Whitey” Bulger, detailing as never before his years on the run, how he evaded…
David Rohde-IN DEEP: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America’s “Deep State”
May 28 • 10 min
With IN DEEP: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America’s “Deep State” [W. W. Norton & Company], two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Rohde investigates whether an American “deep state” exists. Today, three-quarters of Americans polled…
John Shea- 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid
May 28 • 9 min
Willie Mays has long been recognized as baseball’s greatest all-around player. In the history of the sport, few have been as inspiring as Mr. Mays, who uplifted many generations since he first captivated the baseball world with his unparalleled…
Alan Gaff- Lou Gehrig- The Lost Memoir
May 23 • 11 min
At the tender age of twenty-four, Lou Gehrig decided to tell the remarkable story of his life and career. He was one of the most famous athletes in the country, in the midst of a record-breaking season with the legendary 1927 World Series-winning Yankees.…
Barbara Sapienza-The Laundress: A Novel
May 23 • 9 min
Set among the steep streets and stunning vistas of San Francisco, The Laundress: A Novel (May 19, 2020; She Writes Press; paperback original) by Barbara Sapienza is a coming-of-age story for anyone who’s ever sought to understand where they came from in…
Ted Widmer-LINCOLN ON THE VERGE: Thirteen Days to Washington
May 23 • 12 min
LINCOLN ON THE VERGE: Thirteen Days to Washington ( Simon & Schuster) by Ted Widmer is a deep history of thirteen days in the life of Abraham Lincoln as he boarded a train in Springfield, IL and journeyed to Washington, DC to take the oath of office and…
Lisa Duffy- My Kind of People
May 15 • 11 min
My Kind of People (Atria), Lisa Duffy’s third breathtaking and sensitive novel, will restore your hope in the world. For fans of Celeste Ng and Mary Beth Keane comes a profound story about the power of community as a members of a small New England island…
Scott Turow- The Last Trial
May 12 • 15 min
THE LAST TRIAL by Scott Turow is the courtroom drama his fans have been waiting for: the culmination of two incredible lives in one explosive case, as Turow’s beloved character, Sandy Stern, returns to the Kindle Country courtroom to defend one of his…
James Patterson-The House of Kennedy
May 1 • 12 min
James Patterson Tells the Story of the Kennedy Family The House of Kennedy is a revealing, fascinating account of America’s most storied family, as told by America’s most trusted storyteller. You’ve read about Jack, Bobby, Joe, Rose, Kick, Ted, Jackie O,…
John Turner- They Knew They Were Pilgrims
May 1 • 9 min
An ambitious new history of the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony, published for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing In 1620, separatists from the Church of England set sail across the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower. Understanding themselves as…
David Baldacci- Walk The Wire
May 1 • 12 min
About WALK THE WIRE: Decker and Jamison are ordered to investigate the death of a young woman, Irene Cramer, whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open—which is only the beginning of the oddities surrounding the case. As Decker and…
Chad Seales- Religion Around Bono
Apr 28 • 10 min
On the face of it, Bono—U2’s frontman since 1978 and arguably one of the most recognizable people on the planet—is the very example of an engaged, progressive activist: headlining human rights benefits, conferring with world leaders, founding NGOs to help…
Don Winslow- Broken
Apr 24 • 10 min
In six intense, haunting short novels, Don Winslow returns to the themes that are the hallmarks of his acclaimed body of work—crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt, and redemption—to explore the savagery and nobility that drive and…
Lindsay Chervinsky-The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution
Apr 24 • 12 min
The US Constitution never established a presidential cabinet—the delegates to the Constitutional Convention explicitly rejected the idea. So how did George Washington create one of the most powerful bodies in the federal government? On November 26, 1791,…
Toby Muse- KILO: INSIDE THE DEADLIEST COCAINE CARTELS—FROM THE JUNGLES TO THE STREETS
Apr 21 • 10 min
Veteran journalist Toby Muse has witnessed up close each level of the cocaine underworld, fueled by the appetite for cocaine in America and Europe. In KILO: INSIDE THE DEADLIEST COCAINE CARTELS—FROM THE JUNGLES TO THE STREETS, he takes the reader inside…
Jon Pessah- Yogi A Life Behind the Mask
Apr 17 • 13 min
The definitive biography of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees icon, winner of 10 World Series championships, and the most-quoted player in baseball history by Jon Pessah. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steve-richards/support
Erik Larson- The Splendid and The Vile
Apr 17 • 12 min
New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson is known for expertly transporting readers to past worlds; even stories we think we know come to life in a different way in his hands. With his remarkable new work of nonfiction, THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE,…
Harlan Coben- The Boy From The Woods
Apr 10 • 11 min
In THE BOY FROM THE WOODS, Harlan Coben creates the unforgettable character of Wilde, a man who is a mystery to everyone, including himself. Decades ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods with no memory of his past. Now, thirty years…
Son of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football and Life by Wade Phillips and Vic Carucci
Apr 9 • 8 min
Football life lessons from one of our greatest coaches, who learned from his father –the legendary Bum Phillips. Legendary football coach and Super Bowl champion Wade Phillips recalls his life in football and memories of his father, NFL head coach Bum…
Luis Tiant-Son of Havana: A Baseball Journey from Cuba to the Big Leagues and Back with Saul Wisnia.
Apr 9 • 27 min
The improbable story of Luis Tiant—a living link to the earliest days of Fidel Castro’s regime, a Boston Red Sox legend, and the most qualified 20th Century pitcher not yet enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. —- Support this podcast:…
Megan Campisi- Sin Eater
Apr 9 • 8 min
“Reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale” (Kirkus Reviews), playwright Megan Campisi’s debut novel, SIN EATER ( Atria), is an inventive exploration of history and womanhood in 16th century England—with a dystopian and eerily contemporary feminine twist. When…
Kate Winkler Dawson- American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI
Apr 1 • 10 min
Many are fascinated by the forensic techniques employed at crime scenes, but few know the origin story of these now taken-for-granted methods of solving murders and other misdeeds. AMERICAN SHERLOCK by journalist and documentary film producer Kate Winkler…
Steve Inskeep- Imperfect Union
Apr 1 • 10 min
Steve Inskeep tells the riveting story of John and Jessie Frémont, the husband and wife team who in the 1800s were instrumental in the westward expansion of the United States, and thus became America’s first great political couple John C. Frémont, one of…
Dean Koontz- Devoted
Apr 1 • 21 min
In Dean Koontz’s new book: DEVOTED - 100,000 years of the human-dog bond leads to an evolutionary leap in a relationship that will change the world for the better - that is - if events in a Utah lab don’t first change it for the worse. Devoted is a…
Kerri Maher- The Girl In White Gloves
Mar 27 • 10 min
THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES is a vivid reimagining of the exhilarating and sensationalized life of Princess Grace of Monaco from Kerri Maher, the acclaimed author of The Kennedy Debutante. Maher’s meticulously researched novel, The Kennedy Debutante, earned…
Jason Diakite- A Drop of Midnight
Mar 11 • 10 min
JASON “TIMBUKTU” DIAKITÉ is one of Sweden’s chart topping hip hop artists winning 8 Swedish Grammy awards, 4 P3 Guld (Swedish radio) awards and has performed all over the world, from Sweden to Africa and from the Roxy in Los Angeles to Nobel Peace Prize…
Kristina Kuzmic- Hold On, But Don’t Hold Still: Hope and Humor from My Seriously Flawed Life.
Mar 11 • 10 min
Thirteen years ago, Kristina Kuzmič , was a broke and defeated mother of two; recently divorced; juggling jobs and sleeping on the floor next to her kids. She never imagined that a lo-fi cooking show she pieced together to reach other moms in the trenches…
Joshua Hood- The Treadstone Resurrection
Mar 6 • 10 min
ABOUT THE BOOK: Operation Treadstone is a top-secret CIA Black Ops program that made uses behavior modification to turn government agents into virtually superhuman assassins. The agents can lead normal lives until “activated,” at which point they become…
Edward J Larson - Franklin & Washington The Founding Partnership
Mar 6 • 14 min
In FRANKLIN & WASHINGTON: The Founding Partnership (William Morrow), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson delivers a masterful, first-of-its-kind dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, revealing their partnership’s…
Michael P. Balzano- DYSLEXIC: My Journey
Mar 5 • 10 min
Michael P. Balzano, Ph.D., the author of DYSLEXIC: My Journey, was a high-school drop out who couldn’t hold down a job. The son of working-class immigrants who lived pay check-to-paycheck, Balzano was known as “Crazy Mikey” for his unruly behavior. He was…
Preston & Child- Crooked River
Mar 3 • 12 min
Appearing out of nowhere to horrify the quiet resort town of Sanibel Island, Florida, dozens of identical, ordinary-looking shoes float in on the tide and are washed up on the tropical beach–each one with a crudely severed human foot inside. Called away…
Graham Russell- Air Supply
Feb 25 • 6 min
Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975 and formed Air Supply.The band recently performed their 5000th concert in Las Vegas. Last month they were proclaimed the top 5 Greatest Aussie Bands of All Time. They perform about 130 concerts each…
Kathleen West- Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes
Feb 21 • 10 min
About MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHES: When a devoted teacher comes under pressure for her progressive curriculum and a helicopter mom goes viral on social media, two women at odds with each other find themselves in similar predicaments, having to…
David Rubenstein-The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians
Feb 21 • 9 min
Imagine an event that brings hundreds of Members of Congress—from both chambers and parties— together for an evening to learn about and revel in American history. Not only is it true, it’s happened more than 38 times over the past six years. In 2013,…
Jill Shalvis- Almost Just Friends
Feb 19 • 9 min
Piper Manning’s about as tough as they come, she’s had to be. She raised her siblings and they’ve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she’s free. When a massive storm…
L. David Marquet LEADERSHIP IS LANGUAGE: The Hidden Power of What You Say—and What You Don’t
Feb 10 • 9 min
Few of us realize that much of our language in the workplace inhibits creative problem-solving and escalates uncertainty and stress. In both high-pressure situations and everyday scenarios, in each meeting and email, we have the opportunity to empower (or…
Megan Angelo- Followers
Feb 10 • 11 min
In her electrifying, highly anticipated debut novel, Followers (Graydon House), journalist Megan Angelo imagines a world where our collective celebrity obsession and device-driven lifestyle almost get the best of us. Megan Angelo’s writing has appeared in…
Robin Dreeke- Sizing People Up
Feb 3 • 9 min
In SIZING PEOPLE UP, Dreeke shares his simple, six-step system to help predict anyone’s behavior based on their words, goals, patterns of action, and the situation at hand. For instance, a colleague might have a strong moral code, but do they believe your…
Kiley Reid- Such A Fun Age
Feb 3 • 10 min
An Arizona native, Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her short stories have been featured and are forthcoming in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina, where…
Eric Nuzum- MAKE NOISE: A Creator’s Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling
Jan 30 • 7 min
MAKE NOISE: A Creator’s Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling by Eric Nuzum is the first book on the craft of audio storytelling from a true podcasting pioneer. Nuzum has created and produced podcasts that routinely top the charts, appear in…
Lisa Gardner- When You See Me
Jan 28 • 10 min
WHEN YOU SEE ME is Gardner’s most daring novel yet. Set far from her usual haunts (the streets of Boston and the wilds of New Hampshire), the book’s backdrop is a secluded Georgia mountain community that oozes small-town sinister. A haven for hikers in…
Chad Dundas- The Blaze
Jan 22 • 11 min
Matthew Rose’s mind is a mystery. Especially to himself. A bombing in Iraq has left the former soldier with a traumatic brain injury, and now he can’t be sure about anything. The past is a cloudy haze to him, filled with jumbles of impressions and not…
Rochelle Weinstein- This is Not How It Ends
Jan 14 • 9 min
Rochelle B. Weinstein is the USA Today bestselling author of emotionally driven women’s fiction, including Somebody’s Daughter, Where We Fall, The Mourning After, and What We Leave Behind. Rochelle spent her early years in sunny South Florida, always with…
Brad Taylor- Hunter Killer
Jan 3 • 11 min
In HUNTER KILLER Pike Logan tracks highly-trained Russian assassins to Brazil after a vicious explosion kills a friend in Charleston, South Carolina. Pike knows the attack was meant for him. And when he loses contact with the Taskforce who are on a…
Curt Sampson- Roaring Back: The Fall and Rise of Tiger Woods
Dec 30, 2019 • 11 min
What caused Tiger Woods to fall farther than any beloved athlete in recent history, and even more, what led to his improbable return to glory at the 2019 Masters? Curt Sampson is one of America’s leading golf writers whose new book, ROARING BACK…
Phil Bayly- Murder on Skis
Dec 21, 2019 • 13 min
A ski resort owner in Montana is murdered. Other deaths, once believed to be accidental, receive a fresh look from television reporter JC Snow and police investigators. There could be a serial killer in the resort community. Grizzly Mountain is a ski…
Mo Rocca- Mobituaries
Dec 21, 2019 • 10 min
From beloved CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca, an entertaining and rigorously researched book that celebrates the dead people who have long fascinated him. Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries—reading about the remarkable lives of…
Karen White- The Christmas Spirits On Tradd Street
Dec 18, 2019 • 11 min
Two years after The Guests on South Battery became a New York Times hardcover bestseller, Melanie Trenholm returns. Finally married to true-crime bestselling author Jack Trenholm, they are living in Melanie’s historic home with their 18-month old twins…
Jeff Lindsay -Just Watch Me
Dec 18, 2019 • 9 min
ABOUT THE BOOK: In JUST WATCH ME, Riley aims for an extraordinary target in a heist that will go down in history books: he will try to steal the Crown Jewels of Iran. Lent to the U.S. for diplomatic relations, the jewels are worth billions of dollars. Yet…
Bill Buell- George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady
Dec 13, 2019 • 11 min
An Iowa native, George Lunn came to Schenectady in 1904 to become senior pastor at the First Reformed Church in the city’s Stockade Neighborhood. He entered politics in 1911 and was elected mayor of Schenectady as a member of the Socialist Party. He…
Jim Quinn-Don’t Be Afraid To Win: How Free Agency Changed the Business of Pro Sports
Dec 13, 2019 • 11 min
Professional sports is a multi-billion dollar business that pays players extremely well, but it wasn’t always that way. How did pro sports go from a quaint collection of athletes who needed side jobs in the off-season, to the lucrative industry for…
Matthew Goodman- The City Game
Nov 15, 2019 • 12 min
THE CITY GAME by bestselling author Matthew Goodman is the incredible underdog story of the 1949-50 City College Beavers basketball team, their unlikely rise to top and subsequent fall from grace. In this gripping, true-life account, Goodman uncovers the…
Mitch Albom- Finding Chika
Nov 15, 2019 • 14 min
Mitch Albom is the author of six consecutive number-one New York Times bestsellers and has sold more than thirty-four million copies of his books. He returns this year to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade with the release of his new…
Ruta Sepetys- The Fountains of Silence
Nov 15, 2019 • 10 min
Internationally acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys is renowned for writing novels that uncover hidden histories, and for giving a voice to the voiceless. THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE is set in Madrid, during the summer of 1957, and…
Gene Weingarten- One Day
Nov 15, 2019 • 11 min
On New Year’s Day 2013, two-time Pulitzer Prize–winner Gene Weingarten asked three strangers to, literally, pluck a day, month, and year from a hat. That day—chosen completely at random—turned out to be Sunday, December 28, 1986, by any conventional…
Jami Attenberg- All This Could Be Yours
Oct 31, 2019 • 11 min
Jami is the author of six books: Instant Love, The Kept Man, The Melting Season, New York Times bestseller The Middlesteins, Saint Mazie, and national bestseller All Grown Up, which was published in March 2017 in the US and the UK, and in Italy, Germany,…
John U. Bacon - Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football
Oct 25, 2019 • 10 min
OVERTIME: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football offers a powerful look into a legendary program—and the sport itself—that only bestselling author John U. Bacon could deliver. Based on Bacon’s unprecedented access…
Sean Parnell-All Out War
Oct 25, 2019 • 10 min
ALL OUT WAR delivers an authentic thrill-ride that parachutes readers right into the action of an international crisis that could threaten the safety and freedom of America. The advance praise has been nothing short of phenomenal from Brad Thor to Lee…
Adrienne Brodeur- WILD GAME: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
Oct 25, 2019 • 8 min
When Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words: Ben Souther just kissed me. Adrienne instantly became her mother’s confidante and helpmate, and Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what…
William Rawlings- The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes
Oct 19, 2019 • 12 min
John Wesley O’Toole is a disbarred Savannah attorney who is trying to get his life back together after his release from prison following a vehicular homicide charge. No longer able to practice law, he’s become an art dealer after inheriting his…
TEXAS FLOOD The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
Oct 19, 2019 • 11 min
The first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, with an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, and foreword and afterword by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. Just a few years after he almost died from a severe addiction to cocaine…
Peter Seth- When I Got Out
Oct 19, 2019 • 8 min
PETER SETH’s When I Got Out: Larry Ingber fell deeply in love once…and it cost him forty years of his life. Branded “The Ivy League Killer” by the media that followed his sensational story of obsession and its consequences, Larry has at last been freed…
Robert Crais- A Dangerous Man
Sep 20, 2019 • 12 min
Joe Pike didn’t expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when…
Karin Slaughter - The Last Widow
Sep 20, 2019 • 10 min
About THE LAST WIDOW: THE LAST WIDOW begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her…
Richard Russo- Chances Are
Aug 21, 2019 • 10 min
ABOUT CHANCES ARE … From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls comes a new revelation: a riveting story about the abiding yet complex power of friendship. One beautiful September day, three men convene on Martha’s Vineyard, friends ever since…
Maureen Callahan- American Predator
Aug 21, 2019 • 11 min
A New Kind of Monster A predator who struck at random, Israel Keyes had no M.O. or victim type—which helped him go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. He would fly into a city, rent a car and cross state lines, abduct his victims, kill them,…
The Flight Girls- Noelle Salazar
Jul 28, 2019 • 9 min
It’s a little-known chapter in history - the era of the Women Airforce Service Pilots - whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes! And now a new book brings to light the lives and stories of these women. “The Flight…
The New Girl- Daniel Silva
Jul 28, 2019 • 12 min
#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva is “quite simply the best” (Kansas City Star) writer of foreign intrigue and suspense at work today—and his iconic creation Gabriel Allon is “one of fiction’s greatest spies” (Kirkus Reviews). Silva’s…
The Orphan’s Song By Lauren Kate
Jul 21, 2019 • 10 min
The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate, The Orphan’s Song is a sweeping love story about family and music–and the secrets each hold–that follows the intertwined fates of two Venetian orphans. “A tangled knot…
K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches By Tyler Kepner
Jul 21, 2019 • 10 min
From the New York Times baseball columnist, an enchanting, enthralling history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching, based on years of archival research and interviews with more than three hundred people from Hall of Famers to the…
The Big Fella Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy
Jul 21, 2019 • 11 min
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Jane Leavy, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Boy and Sandy Koufax, comes the definitive biography of Babe Ruth—the man Roger Angell dubbed “the model for modern celebrity.” A BEST BOOK OF…
Bryan Hoch- Mission 27
Jul 3, 2019 • 10 min
A comprehensive history of the 2009 squad’s rise to the championship Boasting a mix of homegrown talent and All-Star signings, the 2009 Yankees were composed of the very best. With the previous season’s failed playoff bid still as fresh as the paint job…
Ron Swoboda- Here’s The Catch
Jun 24, 2019 • 20 min
In time for the 50th anniversary of the Mets’ miraculous 1969 World Series win, right fielder Ron Swoboda tells the story of that amazing season, the people he played with and against (sometimes at the same time), and what life was like as an Every Man…
Mike Maden- Tom Clancy Enemy Contact
Jun 21, 2019 • 11 min
In ENEMY CONTACT, Jack Ryan, Jr. finds himself at odds with an international criminal conspiracy. An inside leak has allowed the CIA’s deepest secrets to be given away for a larger agenda that threatens to undermine the entire Western intelligence…
Senator Tom Cotton - Sacred Duty
Jun 21, 2019 • 10 min
An extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Tom Cotton’s Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of “The Old Guard,” the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to honor our country’s fallen heroes on…
Dan Abrams-Theodore Roosevelt for The Defense
Jun 21, 2019 • 11 min
In their New York Times bestseller, Lincoln’s Last Trial, ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams and bestselling author David Fisher unearthed a little-known chapter from the life and career of America’s most revered president, shedding new light…
George F Will- The Conservative Sensibility
Jun 18, 2019 • 16 min
The Conservative Sensibility takes readers back to the Founders’ vision, articulated first in the Declaration of Independence and carried out in the Constitution, which gave the new republic a framework for government unique in world history. Their…
John Urschel-MIND AND MATTER: A Life in Math and Football
Jun 16, 2019 • 9 min
John Urschel is a respected mathematician pursuing his PhD at MIT. He is also a former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens. He may seem like a walking contradiction, but Urschel’s experiences on the field and in the classroom have brought him…
Stewart O’Nan- Henry, Himself
Jun 16, 2019 • 9 min
In his 2002 novel Wish You Were Here Stewart O’Nan introduced readers to the Maxwells, as Emily Maxwell gathered together her extended family after the death of her husband Henry. O’Nan’s 2011 novel Emily, Alone, an “utterly captivating portrait of…
Scott Pelley- Truth Worth Telling
Jun 16, 2019 • 20 min
An inspiring memoir from the frontlines of history by the award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent. Don’t ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what’s the meaning of you? With this provocative question, Truth Worth Telling introduces us to unforgettable…
Charles Lane- Freedom’s Detective
May 9, 2019 • 10 min
In the years following the Civil War, a new battle began. Newly freed African American men had gained their voting rights and would soon have a chance to transform Southern politics. Former Confederates and other white supremacists mobilized to stop them.…
Harlan Coben- Run Away
May 9, 2019 • 10 min
A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben. You’ve lost your daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found.…
David Baldacci- Redemption
May 9, 2019 • 12 min
Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he’s approached by an unfamiliar man as he pays his respects at the graves of his wife and daughter. But Decker instantly recognizes the man’s name: Meryl…
Mark Obmascik-The Storm on Our Shores One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II
May 3, 2019 • 14 min
The heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two World War II soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic’s revelatory and fascinating diary that changed our…
MALLORY O’MEARA- THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick
Mar 31, 2019 • 8 min
Milicent Patrick should be a recognizable name and a role model for several generations of young girls with filmmaking dreams. As the only woman ever to design a classic movie monster, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and one of the first female…
Art Shamsky and Erik Sherman- AFTER THE MIRACLE The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets
Mar 31, 2019 • 19 min
The 1962 New York Mets set a record for futility in baseball, losing 120 games, a record that stands to this day. Seven years later, after languishing in the National League cellar year after year, the Mets won the World Series. The “Lovable Losers”…
Gina Marie Guadagnino- The Parting Glass
Mar 31, 2019 • 10 min
In the vein of Disobedience by Naomi Alderman—but sexy, unique, and Irish—comes The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino , an evocative historical fiction debut about a 19th century love triangle between two Irish-immigrant siblings and a young heiress.…
Dwight Douglas- Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: A Collection of Essays on America
Mar 22, 2019 • 12 min
This book is not an antidote for the left or right. It’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to do something positive for America. These essays on America reflect a blunt assessment of where we find ourselves and a call for open…
Don Winslow - The Border
Mar 17, 2019 • 12 min
The Border is the highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Force. What do you do when there are no borders? When the lines you thought existed simply vanish? How do you plant your feet to…
Greg Iles- Cemetery Road
Mar 5, 2019 • 12 min
“Iles sits alongside the icons at the top of today’s crime-fiction mountain. He has made Mississippi his own in the same way that James Lee Burke has claimed Cajun country and Michael Connelly has remapped contemporary Los Angeles.” (Starred review,…
Fiona Barton- The Suspect
Feb 18, 2019 • 13 min
Fiona Barton’s debut novel THE WIDOW was an instant international sensation when it published in 2016. Upon release it drew rave reviews, spent seven weeks on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list. Barton quickly followed up with 2017’s THE…
Jane Healey -The Beantown Girls
Feb 18, 2019 • 10 min
In this historically accurate and poignant account, set in 1944 against the backdrop of World War II, a young woman is forced to alter the path to the future she had envisioned for herself in Jane Healey’s highly-anticipated second novel, The Beantown…
James Lee Burke- The New Iberia Blues
Jan 28, 2019 • 13 min
ABOUT THE BOOK:Detective Dave Robicheaux’s world isn’t filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier’s rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had…
Charles Krauthammer- The Point of It All
Jan 28, 2019 • 11 min
About The Point of It All Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, The Point of It All is a powerful collection of the influential columnist’s most important works. Spanning the personal, the political and the philosophical, it…
Joseph Finder-Judgment
Jan 28, 2019 • 11 min
Juliana Brody is a rising star in the judicial world. A judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, she is rumored to be in consideration for the federal court, and maybe even someday the highest court in the land. At a conference in Chicago, she meets…
Ron Barak-The Puppet Master
Jan 12, 2019 • 10 min
D.C. homicide detective Frank Lotello returns to find a mysterious vigilante serial killer who is bent on putting an end to political corruption. “Have you ever killed anyone? I have. I’ll do it again. If I need to.” The serial a killer is tried in Judge…
Tom Clavin- Valley Forge
Dec 14, 2018 • 10 min
The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is return with one of the most inspiring—and underappreciated—chapters in American history: the story of the Continental Army’s six-month transformation in Valley Forge. December…
Lisa Unger- Under My Skin
Dec 14, 2018 • 10 min
What if the nightmares are actually memories? It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing…
Linda Gartz- Redlined
Dec 7, 2018 • 12 min
At a time when the home ownership gap between whites and African Americans is greater than it was during the Jim Crow era, it seems important to recall some of the historical roots that gave rise to such inequality. And at a moment when the administration…
Peter Vronsky- Sons of Cain
Dec 6, 2018 • 9 min
Investigative historian Peter Vronsky’s new book SONS OF CAIN: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present Peter Vronsky is widely considered an expert in this specific field of history and has been featured on true crime podcasts in…
Mike Lupica-Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud
Dec 6, 2018 • 12 min
Robert B. Parker’s iconic and irresistible PI Sunny Randall is back in ROBERT B. PARKER’S BLOOD FEUD, written by the popular sports journalist, New York Times–bestselling author, and longtime friend of Parker, Mike Lupica. This is Lupica’s first Sunny…
Bob Lederer- Beyond Broadway Joe
Nov 30, 2018 • 13 min
On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Jets’ historic achievement, a nostalgic, inside look from the men who composed the team behind Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III win, filled with exclusive insights and stories from the surviving players,…
Diarmaid MacCulloch- Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life
Nov 30, 2018 • 10 min
Historian and New York Times bestselling author shares the complete biography of Thomas Cromwell, the man behind Henry VIII Since the sixteenth century we have been fascinated by Henry VIII and the man who stood beside him, guiding him, enriching him, and…
John Feinstein The Prodigy
Nov 21, 2018 • 11 min
From award-winning sportswriter John Feinstein, a YA novel about a teen golfer poised to blaze his way into Masters Tournament history—and he’ll face secrecy, sacrifice, and the decision of a lifetime to get there. Seventeen-year-old Frank Baker is a…
David Baldacci Long Road to Mercy
Nov 21, 2018 • 10 min
About LONG ROAD TO MERCY: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It’s seared into Atlee Pine’s memory: the kidnapper’s chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She…
David W Blight Frederick Douglass
Nov 21, 2018 • 14 min
As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three…
H. W. Brands Heirs of The Founders
Nov 21, 2018 • 10 min
From New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how, in nineteenth-century America, a new set of political giants battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and decide the future of our democracy In…
Nick Bunker Benjamin Franklin The Birth of Ingenuity
Nov 16, 2018 • 10 min
In YOUNG BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: THE BIRTH OF INGENUITY, Pulitzer Prize finalist Nick Bunker presents a fresh account of one of the most important figures in American history. From the fascinating story of the first 40 years of his life, Franklin emerges as a…
Andrew Roberts Churchill Walking with Destiny
Nov 15, 2018 • 10 min
Bestselling, award-winning author shares a landmark biography of WINSTON CHURCHILL, based on extensive new material—from private letters and diaries to transcripts of war cabinet meetings When we seek an example of unalloyed courage, the man who comes to…
Gordon Wood FRIENDS DIVIDED: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Nov 15, 2018 • 11 min
Acclaimed historian shares a riveting account of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson: two beloved early Americans who forged a nation despite wildly different personalities, backgrounds, philosophies and values New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017…
Nathaniel Philbrick In The Hurricane’s Eye
Oct 26, 2018 • 13 min
A conversation with Nathaniel Philbrick about his new book IN THE HURRICANE’S EYE. The book chronicles the remarkable year leading up to the siege of Yorktown, the battle that ultimately broke a years-long stalemate with the British and earned America her…
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Friday Black
Oct 26, 2018 • 8 min
A conversation with University of Albany Alum Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah about his debut collection FRIDAY BLACK. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Nana reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and…
Kyle Mills Red War
Oct 23, 2018 • 11 min
Kyle Mills talks about his new Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp novel “Red War”. In recent years, a number of extremely dangerous world leaders have managed to increase their already considerable power. Some are busy tightening their grip on their countries like…
Mitch Albom The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
Oct 22, 2018 • 12 min
Mitch Albom talks about his new book ” The Next Person You Meet in Heaven”. In this enchanting sequel to the number one bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie’s heavenly reunion with Annie—the little girl he…