Books: History

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Age of Betrayal
The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900

Atlantic Senior Editor Jack Beatty explores rampant corruption, struggling unions, the rich getting rich and the poor getting poorer. Sound familiar? It should. It's America from 1865 to 1900. Jack connects our past to our present with insightful results. Listen to him discuss AGE OF BETRAYAL

Ambitious Brew
The Story of American Beer

Beer is our national drink, but it wasn't always that way. There was beer bigotry, Prohibition and the decline of breweries. Listen to author Maureen Ogle trace beer's history from swill to swell.

THE BOX
How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

Shipping container? So what? They simply changed world economics and your life. Author Mark Levinson explains how in THE BOX. Listen.

Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America
by Eric Jay Dolin
Whale hunting is now seen as barbaric practice that threatens a magnificent animal with extinction. So it is useful to see the integral role whaling has played in our national development. Whaling was critical in the economic growth of New England, and whale products flooded international markets. PODCAST

The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier
by Colin Woodard
This book begins and ends with Monhegan Island, where one of the earliest English colonizers anchored and whose inhabitants today cater to tourists in the summer and to lobstermen in the winter. It's a microcosm of wider themes in Maine history and includes hands-on details about lobstering, a thriving exception to the collapse of the Gulf of Maine fishery. PODCAST

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Pilgrims landed in November, desperately low on supplies. They were met by the Wampanoags and their wizened chief, Massasoit who saved the colony from certain destruction. For over 50 years they lived in peace, but 56 years later, Massasoit's heir, Philip, launched a confusing war on the English that, over 14 horrifying months, claimed 5,000 lives. It's a gruesome era that has been largely forgotten. PODCAST

Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream
by Edward Humes
At the end of WWII, the US government created the GI Bill. It reshaped America in profound and lasting ways. We'll look at how this happened and why it should happen again, but won't.

The Real Pepsi Challenge: The Inspirational Story of Breaking the Color Barrier in American Business
by Stephanie Capparell
The struggles of the first black executives hired by any leading US business. They got their break when Pepsi-Cola CEO Walter S. Mack, who was facing an uphill battle against Coke, decided that tapping the "Negro market" would help Pepsi win. He hired a team of salesmen to push Pepsi with black customers. The team quickly became community role models and Pepsi earned a reputation as the "liberal" soft drink, capturing the lion's share of the cola market among African-Americans. Tells of the incredible barriers to black achievement just half a century ago. PODCAST.

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
by Colin Woodard
Woodard leaves the shores of Maine for the Caribbean where the myths of pirates are plundered. An insightful journey to who these men were, how they operated and how their image has been shaped by their enemies. PODCAST

Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution
by Mark Puls
Because Adams was indifferent to historical fame, he is sometimes overlooked in histories. Adams preferred talking and writing about politics, and was financially impractical. He was masterful at political organization and propaganda, and was critical to the start of the American Revolution. PODCAST

The Widow's War: A Novel
by Sally Gunning
A fictional accounts that illuminates early Colonial life. When Lyddie is widowed, her son-in-law gains control of her husband's estate. Lyddie's struggle to maintain a place in her radically changed home brings her into conflict with her family. She befriends a local Indian man and suffers community censure. The story illuminates 18th-century law and Anglo-Indian relations. PODCAST