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PA Books features authors of books about Pennsylvania-related topics. These hour-long conversations allow authors to discuss both their subject matter and inspiration behind the books.

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"50 Children" with Steven Pressman

February 9th, 2016


In early 1939, few Americans were thinking about the darkening storm clouds over Europe. Nor did they have much sympathy for the growing number of Jewish families that were increasingly threatened and brutalized by …

"1776" with David McCullough

February 9th, 2016


In 1776, acclaimed historian David McCullough tells the intensely human story of the Revolutionary War during the nation’s tumultuous beginning, and …

"Abolitionists of Sounth Central Pennsylvania" with Cooper Wingert

March 4th, 2019


Close to the Mason-Dixon line, South Central Pennsylvania was a magnet for slave catchers and abolitionists alike. Influenced by religion and …

"African Americans in Pennsylvania: Above Ground and Underground" with Charles Blockson

August 13th, 2018


Charles L. Blockson, one of the leading authorities on African American history, has compiled one of the nation's largest private collections of …

"Africans in New Sweden: The Untold Story" with Abdullah Muhammad

May 15th, 2017


Historian Abdullah R. Muhammad examines a previously little-known and virtually untold aspect of Delaware’s history—the hidden role of Africans in …

"American Aurora: A Democratic-Republican Returns; The Suppressed History of Our Nation's Beginnings and the Heroic Newspaper That Tried to Report It" with Richard Rosenfeld

April 15th, 2019


200 Years ago a Philadelphia newspaper claimed George Washington wasn't the "father of his country." It claimed John Adams really wanted to be king. Its editors were arrested by the federal government. One editor died …

"Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War" with Paul Kahan

September 6th, 2016


From abject poverty to undisputed political boss of Pennsylvania, Lincoln’s secretary of war, senator, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations …

"The Amish" with Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt

February 9th, 2016


The Amish have always struggled with the modern world. Known for their simple clothing, plain lifestyle, and horse-and-buggy mode of transportation, Amish communities continually face outside pressures to modify their …

"And Then I Danced" with Mark Segal

February 9th, 2016


On December 11, 1973, Mark Segal disrupted a live broadcast of the CBS Evening News when he sat on the desk directly between the camera and news anchor Walter Cronkite, yelling, “Gays protest CBS prejudice!” He was …

“Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect” with Audrey Lewis and Christine Podmaniczky

October 30th, 2017


This major retrospective catalogue explores the impact of time and place on the work of beloved American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009). While previous publications have mainly analyzed Wyeth’s work thematically, this …

"Anthracite Labor Wars" with Robert Wolensky and William Hastie

February 9th, 2016


Although hard coal’s labor history has received greater consideration in recent years, many untold stories remain. “Anthracite Labor Wars” tells the …

“Archaeology at the Site of the Museum of the American Revolution” with Rebecca Yamin

January 21st, 2019


When the Museum of the American Revolution acquired the land at Third and Chestnut streets in Olde City, Philadelphia, it came with the condition …

"As American as Shoofly Pie" with William Woys Weaver

February 9th, 2016


When visitors travel to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, they are encouraged to consume the local culture by way of "regional specialties" such as …

“Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West” with William Hogeland

September 18th, 2017


When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the newly independent United States savored its victory and hoped for a great future. And yet the republic …

"Bandstandland" with Larry Lehmer

May 11th, 2020


American Bandstand, one of the longest-running shows in television history, spotlighted well-scrubbed, properly dressed dancing teenagers on every …

"The Bank War" with Phil Kahan

April 1st, 2016


In The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Fight for American Finance, historian Paul Kahan explores one of the most important and …

"Battle of Paoli" with Thomas McGuire

May 6th, 2019


In the years since the Revolutionary War, legend has obscured the story of the Battle of Paoli, better known in history as the Paoli Massacre. For …

"Becoming Philadelphia" with Inga Saffron

September 28th, 2020


Over the past two decades, Inga Saffron has served as the premier chronicler of the city’s physical transformation as it emerged from a half century …

"Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" with Walter Isaacson

February 24th, 2020


In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Steve Jobs, shows how the most …

"Benjamin Franklin in London" with George Goodwin

September 19th, 2016


For more than one-fifth of his life, Benjamin Franklin lived in London. He dined with prime ministers, members of parliament, even kings, as well as with Britain’s most esteemed intellectuals—including David Hume, …

“Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father” with Thomas Kidd

November 13th, 2017


Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other eighteenth-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years …

"Betsy Ross and the Making of America" with Marla Miller

November 21st, 2019


Beyond the legend of the creation of the American flag, we know very little about the facts of Betsy Ross’ life. Perhaps with one snip of her scissors she convinced the nation’s future first president that five-pointed …

“Beyond the Art Spirit” with Karl Kuerner

March 8th, 2021


Much has been published about the artistically talented Wyeth family—-N. C., Andrew, Carolyn, Ann, Jamie, Nicky and Victoria—-but there has been …

"Beyond Rust" with Allen Dieterich-Ward

February 17th, 2016


Beyond Rust chronicles the rise, fall, and rebirth of metropolitan Pittsburgh, an industrial region that once formed the heart of the world's steel …

“Biggest Brother” with Larry Alexander

February 9th, 2016


In every band of brothers, there is always one who looks out for the rest. For the Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Army Airborne, the legendary …

"Black Citymakers" with Marcus Anthony Hunter

February 9th, 2016


Black Citymakers revisits the Black Seventh Ward, documenting a century of banking and tenement collapses, housing activism, black-led anti-urban …

“Blood Runs Coal” with Mark Bradley

April 5th, 2021


In the early hours of New Year’s Eve 1969, in the small soft coal mining borough of Clarksville, Pennsylvania, longtime trade union insider Joseph “Jock” Yablonski and his wife and daughter were brutally murdered in …

“Blue-Blooded Cavalryman: Captain William Brooke Rawle in the Army of the Potomac, May 1863–August 1865” with J. Gregory Acken

June 3rd, 2019


In May 1863, eighteen-year-old William Brooke Rawle graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and traded a genteel, cultured life of privilege …

“Blue-Collar Conservatism: Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia and Populist Politics” with Timothy Lombardo

January 28th, 2019


The postwar United States has experienced many forms of populist politics, none more consequential than that of the blue-collar white ethnics who …

"Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King" with Thomas Balcerski

November 11th, 2019


In "Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King," Thomas J. Balcerski explores the lives of these two politicians and …

"Braddock's Defeat" with David Preston

February 9th, 2016


On July 9, 1755, British regulars and American colonial troops under the command of General Edward Braddock, commander in chief of the British Army …

"Brandywine" with Michael C. Harris

February 9th, 2016


Brandywine Creek calmly meanders through the Pennsylvania countryside today, but on September 11, 1777, it served as the scenic backdrop for the …

“Bridges…Pittsburgh at the Point…A Journey Through History” with Thomas Leech and Linda Kaplan

July 27th, 2020


“Bridges…Pittsburgh at the Point…A Journey Through History” tells the stories of the 34 bridges that crossed the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio …

"Buchanan Dying" with John Updike

February 9th, 2016


“Buchanan Dying” is a work of historical fiction. To the list of John Updike’s well-intentioned protagonists—Rabbit Angstrom, Richard Maple, Henry Bech—add James Buchanan, the harried fifteenth president of the United …

"Buck: A Memoir" with MK Asante

February 9th, 2016


MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: a mother who led the new nation’s dance company and a father who would soon become a revered …

“Bullets and Bandages” with James Gindlesperger

March 22nd, 2021


At Gettysburg, PA, during three days of July 1863, 160,000 men fought one of the most fierce and storied battles of the US Civil War. Nearly one in …

"Burning of Chambersburg and McCausland's Raid" with Ted Alexander

February 9th, 2016


From the start, Chambersburg, a quiet farming community near the Maryland border, was truly the crossroads of destiny. In 1859, John Brown set the …

"Busted" with Wendy Ruderman & Barbara Laker

February 9th, 2016


In 2003, Benny Martinez became a Confidential Informant for a member of the Philadelphia Police Department's narcotics squad, helping arrest nearly …

"By Great Rivers: Lives of the Appalachian Frontier" with Robert Swift

May 4th, 2020


By Great Rivers: Lives on the Appalachian Frontier tells the story of people who shaped events during a period of rapid political and social change …

“Calder: The Conquest of Space: The Later Years: 1940-1976” with Jed Perl

December 15th, 2020


The second and final volume of this magnificent biography begins during World War II, when Calder–known to all as Sandy–and his wife, Louisa, opened …

“Calder: The Conquest of Time” with Jed Perl

February 19th, 2018


Alexander Calder is one of the most beloved and widely admired artists of the twentieth century. Anybody who has ever set foot in a museum knows him as the inventor of the mobile, America’s unique contribution to modern …

"Camp William Penn" with Donald Scott

February 9th, 2016


Camp William Penn was the largest and first Civil War facility to exclusively train Northern-based federal black soldiers during the war. It was …

"Capital Murder" with Chris Papst

February 9th, 2016


Every city in America is unique. Each has its own instructive tale of success and failure. What makes Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's story most valuable lies not in its life but in its death - and in the actions of those …

"The Carnival Campaign" with Ronald Shafer

November 1st, 2016


Pulitzer Prize–nominated former Wall Street Journal reporter Ronald G. Shafer tells the colorful story of the election battle between sitting …

“Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form” with Kirsten Jensen and Shawn Waldron

November 27th, 2017


Philadelphia native Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) is recognized as one of the founding figures of American modernism. Initially trained in impressionist landscape painting, he experimented early in his career with …

"Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America's Dad" with Nicole Weisensee Egan

January 21st, 2020


Bill Cosby's decades-long career as a sweater-wearing, wholesome TV dad came to a swift and stunning end on April 26, 2018, when he was convicted of …

“Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge” with Erica Wagner

September 12th, 2017


“Chief Engineer” tells the story of Washington Roebling, the engineer known for building one of the most iconic American structures, the Brooklyn Bridge. “Chief Engineer” reveals that his father, John-a renowned …

"Chocolate Trust" with Bob Hernandez

February 9th, 2016


A hugely successful businessman and entrepreneur, American candy magnate Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine were unable to have children of their …

"Chuck Noll: A Winning Way" with Jim O' Brien

February 9th, 2016


This is the first book ever devoted exclusively to Chuck Noll and it is long overdue.  You will learn much about this man who was rated the No.5 …

"City of Steel" with Ken Kobus

February 9th, 2016


Despite being geographically cut off from large trade centers and important natural resources, Pittsburgh transformed itself into the most formidable steel-making center in the world. Beginning in the 1870s, under the …

“A Civil War Captain and His Lady” with Gene Barr

March 8th, 2017


More than 150 years ago, 27-year-old Irish immigrant Josiah Moore met 19-year-old Jennie Lindsay, a member of one of Peoria, Illinois's most …

"The Civil War in Pennsylvania" with Michael Kraus, David Neville, and Kenneth Turner

February 9th, 2016


“The Civil War in Pennsylvania”
In partnership with Pennsylvania Civil War 150, the statewide initiative to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the History Center recently launched a new book, “The Civil …

"Civil War Voices from York County, PA" with Scott Mingus & James McClure

February 9th, 2016


“Civil War Voices from York County, PA”
“Civil War Voices from York County, PA” mixes reminiscences from the inhabitants of York County, Pa., many handed down to descendants, with a strong focus on the 1863 Gettysburg …

“Clemente” with David Maraniss

February 9th, 2016


On New Year's Eve 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died a hero's death, killed in a plane crash as …

“Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right” with Michael Smerconish

June 4th, 2018


Talk show host and columnist Michael Smerconish has been chronicling local, state, and national events for the Philadelphia Daily News and the …

"The Coal Barons Played Cuban Giants" with Paul Browne

February 9th, 2016


The Pennsylvania state leagues of the 1880s and 1890s rank among the most interesting minor leagues in the history of baseball. The rules were …

"A Colony Spring From Hell" with Daniel Barr

February 9th, 2016


The early settlement of the region around Pittsburgh was characterized by a messy collision of personal, provincial, national, and imperial …

“A Community Keystone: The Official History of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette” with Bernie Oravec and Lee Janssen

November 12th, 2018


"A Community Keystone" is a detailed history of the first 217 years of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and the community that grew up around it from …

"The Complete Gettysburg Guide" with J. David Petruzzi

February 9th, 2016


“The Complete Gettysburg Guide”
Some two million people visit the battlefield at Gettysburg each year. It is one of the most popular historical …

“Confederate Approach On Harrisburg” with Cooper Wingert

February 9th, 2016


In June 1863, Harrisburg braced for an invasion. The Confederate troops of Lieutenant General Richard S. Ewell steadily moved toward the Pennsylvania capital. Capturing Carlisle en route, Ewell sent forth a brigade of …

"Connie Mack: The Turbulent & Triumphant Years, 1915-1931" with Norman Macht

February 9th, 2016


The Philadelphia Athletics dominated the first fourteen years of the American League, winning six pennants through 1914 under the leadership of their …

"Crucible of War" with Fred Anderson

December 30th, 2019


In this vivid and compelling narrative, the Seven Years’ War–long seen as a mere backdrop to the American Revolution–takes on a whole new …

"Cum Posey of the Homestead Grays" with James Overmyer

April 27th, 2020


Cumberland Posey began his career in 1911 playing outfield for the Homestead Grays, a local black team in his Pennsylvania hometown. He soon became the squad’s driving force as they dominated semi-pro ball in the …

“Dead Letters” with Jessica Weible

November 2nd, 2020


On assignment for a small-town newspaper in rural Pennsylvania, rookie reporter, Jessica Weible, meets Joan Swigart, a creative fireball and “pioneer in print.” As the two women forge a relationship based on their …

“Death of an Assassin” with Ann Marie Ackermann

December 18th, 2017


The first volunteer killed defending Robert E. Lee’s position in battle was really a German assassin. After fleeing to the United States to escape …

"Declaration: The Nine Tumultuous Weeks When America Became Independent" with William Hogeland

July 1st, 2019


This is the rambunctious story of how America came to declare independence in Philadelphia in 1776. As late as that May, the Continental Congress had no plans to break away from England. Troops under General George …

"The Delaware and Hudson Canal Company Gravity Railroad, Vol. 1-5" with S. Robert Powell

February 9th, 2016


“The Delaware and Hudson Canal Company Gravity Railroad, Volumes 1-5”constitute the most detailed and comprehensive history of the Delaware and …

"The Delaware and Hudson Canal Company" with Dr. S. Robert Powell

February 9th, 2016


An integral component of the transportation system that the D&H created to transport that coal to market was the Gravity Railroad that the company established between Carbondale and Honesdale. In order to meet …

"The Delaware River Story" with Lee Hartman

January 18th, 2021


The Delaware River flows some 330 miles from its headwaters near Hancock, New York, to the mouth of the Delaware Bay. It is the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi and one of America’s most important …

"The Devil's Diary" with David Kinney

June 8th, 2016


A groundbreaking World War II narrative wrapped in a riveting detective story, The Devil’s Diary investigates the disappearance of a private diary …

"The Devil Himself" with Andrew Porwancher

October 4th, 2016


Nicholas Dukes and Captain Adam Nutt were two men with much in common. Both were prominent members of Pennsylvanian society in the 1880s, both had …

"The Devil's To Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg" with Eric J Wittenberg

February 9th, 2016


Although many books on Gettysburg have addressed the role played by Brig. Gen. John Buford and his First Cavalry Division troops, there is not a …

"The Disaffected" with Aaron Sullivan

September 23rd, 2019


Elizabeth and Henry Drinker of Philadelphia were no friends of the American Revolution. Yet neither were they its enemies. The Drinkers were a …

"Disciples of Liberty: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Age of Imperialism, 1884-1916" with Lawrence Little

June 24th, 2019


In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the African Methodist Episcopal Church provided an ideological foundation for the African …

"Doo-dah!" with Ken Emerson

December 31st, 2018


Stephen Foster (1826-1864) was America’s first great songwriter and the first to earn his living solely through his music. He composed some 200 …

"Duty Calls at Home"

February 9th, 2016


The outbreak of World War One transformed life for the men, women, and children living in the communities of Central Pennsylvania. “Duty Calls at …

"The Elite of Our People: Joseph Willson’s Sketches of Black Upper-Class Life in Antebellum Philadelphia" with Julie Winch

February 4th, 2019


Sketches of the Higher Classes of Colored Society in Philadelphia, first published in 1841, was written by Joseph Willson, a southern black man who …

"Embattled Freedom: Chronicle of a Fugitive-Slave Haven in the Wary North" with Jim Remsen

June 5th, 2017


Rural Northeastern Pennsylvania was a bucolic farming region in the 1800s—but political tensions churned below the surface. When a group of fugitive …

"Emotional Gettysburg" with Karl Kuerner and Bruce Mowday

May 18th, 2020


In a series of historic vignettes combined with contemporary paintings renowned artist Karl J. Kuerner and award-winning writer Bruce E. Mowday explore the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg in a way never before …

"ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer" with Scott McCartney

August 7th, 2018


John Mauchly and Presper Eckert designed and built the first digital, electronic computer. Mauchly and Eckert met by chance in 1941 at the University …

“The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist” with Marcus Rediker

April 10th, 2018


In The Fearless Benjamin Lay, renowned historian Marcus Rediker chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular man—a Quaker dwarf who …

"A Field Guide to Gettysburg" with Carol Reardon & Tom Vossler

February 9th, 2016


In this lively guide to the Gettysburg battlefield, Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler invite readers to participate in a tour of this hallowed ground. …

"Fire on the Mountain: An American Odyssey" with Walt Koken

March 12th, 2018


Walt Koken, the founding member of the Highwoods Stringband, reminisces about traveling and playing old time music in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and the …

"The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin" with H.W. Brands

January 3rd, 2020


Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America, comes vividly to life in this masterly biography. Wit, diplomat, …

"The First Congress" with Fergus Bordewich

June 28th, 2016


The First Congress tells the dramatic story of the two remarkable years when George Washington, James Madison, and their dedicated colleagues …

"First Pennsylvanians" with Kurt W. Carr & Roger Moeller

February 9th, 2016


The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission today announced the publication of “First Pennsylvanians: The Archaeology of Native Americans in …

"Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11" with Tom McMillan

February 9th, 2016


The passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 have earned their rightful place among the pantheon of American heroes. Flight 93 …

"Fool's Mate" with John Whiteside

February 9th, 2016


Every man has his price. For disgruntled US soldier Robert Stephan Lipka, all it took to betray his country was an offer of four hundred dollars. …

"The Foreman's Boys: The Story of Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 1333, Camp S-63, Poe Valley" with William Marcum

June 10th, 2019


Employment prospects for many were bleak at the height of the Great Depression. For unmarried recent high school graduates, the prospect of getting a …

“The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America" with Ben Bradlee Jr.

December 17th, 2018


In "The Forgotten," Ben Bradlee Jr. reports on how voters in Luzerne County, a pivotal county in a crucial swing state, came to feel like strangers in their own land – marginalized by flat or falling wages, rapid …

“For the Love of Beer: Pennsylvania’s Breweries” with Alison Feeney

October 29th, 2018


"For the Love of Beer: Pennsylvania's Breweries" examines Pennsylvania's brewing history, geography, and cultural richness while highlighting over …

“Fort Pitt: A Frontier History” with Brady Crytzer

February 9th, 2016


For nearly half a century, Fort Pitt stood formidable at the forks of the great Ohio River. A keystone to British domination in the territory during the French and Indian War and Pontiac’s Rebellion, it was the most …

“Founding Finance” with William Hogeland

February 9th, 2016


William Hogeland is one of my all-time favorite guests on PA Books. In “Founding Finance” he tells how America’s early economic system was established. It’s a lot more interesting than it sounds.

Hogeland writes about …

“The Founding Fortunes” with Tom Shachtman

October 5th, 2020


In "The Founding Fortunes," historian Tom Shachtman reveals the ways in which a dozen notable Revolutionaries deeply affected the finances and birth …

"The Framers' Coup" with Michael J. Klarman

December 20th, 2016


The Framers' Coup narrates how the Framers' clashing interests shaped the Constitution--and American history itself. The Philadelphia convention …

“Frank Furness: Architecture in the Age of the Great Machines” with George Thomas

September 17th, 2018


Frank Furness (1839-1912) has remained a curiosity to architectural historians and critics, somewhere between an icon and an enigma, whose importance and impact have yet to be properly evaluated or appreciated. To some, …

"Franz Kline in Coal Country" with Rebecca and Joel Finsel

October 21st, 2019


"Franz Kline in Coal Country" is the first biography to examine Kline's formative years in Lehighton, Philadelphia, Boston, and London, before he …

"French and Indian War: War in the Peaceable Kingdom: The Kittanning Raid of 1756" with Brady Crytzer

March 27th, 2017


On the morning of September 8, 1756, a band of about three hundred volunteers of a newly created Pennsylvania militia led by Lt. Col. John Armstrong …

"From Steel to Slots" with Chloe E. Taft

April 18th, 2016


Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was once synonymous with steel. But after the factories closed, the city bet its future on a new industry: casino gambling. On the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, thousands of flashing …

"Frontier Country" with Patrick Spero

April 4th, 2017


In “Frontier Country,” Patrick Spero addresses one of the most important and controversial subjects in American history: the frontier. Countering the modern conception of the American frontier as an area of expansion, …

“Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776” with Patrick Spero

October 22nd, 2018


Frontier Rebels tells story of the “Black Boys,” a rebellion on the American frontier in 1765. In 1763, the Seven Years’ War ended in a spectacular …

"Fueling The Gilded Age" with Andrew Arnold

February 9th, 2016


If the railroads won the Gilded Age, the coal industry lost it. Railroads epitomized modern management, high technology, and vast economies of scale. …

"General Ike" with John Eisenhower

February 9th, 2016


John S.D. Eisenhower modestly explains General Ike as "a son's view of a great military leader -- highly intelligent, strong, forceful, kind, yet as …

"A Gentleman of Color: The Life of James Forten" with Julie Winch

February 3rd, 2020


Winch has written the first full-length biography of James Forten, a hero of African American history and one of the most remarkable men in …

“Geography, Geology and Genius” with Martha Capwell Fox

December 8th, 2020


This is the first book that tells the story of how a small slice of eastern Pennsylvania became the cradle of the American Industrial Revolution. …

“George Marshall: Defender of the Republic” with David Roll

November 4th, 2019


Even as a young officer George Marshall was heralded as a genius, a reputation that grew when in WWI he planned and executed a nighttime movement of more than a half million troops from one battlefield to another that …

“George Washington: A Life in Books” with Kevin Hayes

November 7th, 2017


Based on a comprehensive amount of research at the Library of Congress, the collections at Mount Vernon, and rare book archives scattered across the …

“George Washington’s Nemesis” with Christian McBurney

April 20th, 2020


General Charles Lee, second in command in the Continental Army led by George Washington, was captured by the British in December 1776. While a prisoner, he prepared and submitted to his captors a military plan on how to …

“Germantown” with Michael Harris

May 3rd, 2021


General Sir William Howe launched his campaign to capture Philadelphia in late July 1777, with an army of 16,500 British and Hessian soldiers aboard …

"The Gettysburg Cyclorama" with Chris Brenneman, Sue Boardman and Bill Dowling

February 9th, 2016


Thousands of books and articles have been written about the Battle of Gettysburg. Almost every topic has been thoroughly scrutinized except one: Paul …

"Gettysburg: Day Three" with Jeffrey Wert

February 9th, 2016


“Gettysburg: Day Three”

Jeffry D. Wert re-creates the last day of the bloody Battle of Gettysburg in astonishing detail, taking readers from Meade's …

"Gettysburg Eddie: The Story of Eddie Plank" with Lawrence Knorr

July 23rd, 2018


Born in Gettysburg, PA only a dozen years after the bloody Civil War battle, Eddie Plank grew up on a farm and was a late-bloomer. By his early …

“Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions” with Eric Wittenberg

February 9th, 2016


Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions examines in detail three of the campaign’s central cavalry episodes. The first is the heroic but doomed legendary charge of Brig. Gen. Elon J. Farnsworth’s cavalry brigade against …

"The Gettysburg Gospel" with Gabor Boritt

February 9th, 2016


The words Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg comprise perhaps the most famous speech in …

"Gettysburg: The Last Invasion" with Allen Guelzo

February 9th, 2016


Of the half-dozen full-length histories of the battle of Gettysburg written over the last century, none dives down so closely to the experience of …

“Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard” with James Hessler and Britt Isenberg

October 14th, 2019


On July 2, 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered skeptical subordinate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet to launch a massive assault against the Union …

“Gettysburg Rebels” with Tom McMillan

October 9th, 2017


“Gettysburg Rebels” is the gripping true story of five young men who grew up in Gettysburg, moved south to Virginia in the 1850s, joined the Confederate army – and returned “home” as foreign invaders for the great …

"Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga" with Lee Francis IV, Weshoyot Alvitre and Will Fenton

June 15th, 2020


During the Paxton massacres of 1763, a mob of white settlers, so-called “Paxton Boys” murdered 20 unarmed Conestoga People in a genocidal campaign …

"Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism" with Char Miller

September 3rd, 2019


Gifford Pinchot is known primarily for his work as first chief of the U. S. Forest Service and for his argument that resources should be used to …

"Give Me a Fast Ship" with Tim McGrath

February 9th, 2016


America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England’s King …

"God Almighty Hisself: The Life and Legacy of Dick Allen" with Mitchell Nathanson

May 10th, 2016


Carrying to the plate baseball's heaviest and loudest bat as well as the burden of being the club's first African American superstar, Allen found …

"Going Home To Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969" with David Eisenhower

August 19th, 2019


When President Dwight Eisenhower left Washington, D.C., at the end of his second term, he retired to a farm in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, that he had bought a decade earlier. Living on the farm with the former …

"The Goodfella Tapes" with George Anastasia

December 24th, 2018


Goodfella Tapes by George Anastasia is the true story of how the FBI recorded a mob war and brought down a mafia don. A riveting, eye-opening true crime masterwork in the vein of “Wiseguy”, “Underboss”, “Havana …

"Golden Arms: Six Hall of Fame Quarterbacks from Western Pennsylvania" with Jim O' Brien

February 9th, 2016


Of the 23 "modern era" quarterbacks honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, six of them hail from Western Pennsylvania, within a 60-mile radius of Pittsburgh. How did that happen? Who are the six and what are they all …

"The Good Nurse" with Charles Graeber

February 9th, 2016


After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed “The Angel of Death” by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, …

"Good War, Great Men: The detailed accounts of a machine gun battalion during World War I" with Andrew Capets

April 29th, 2019


"Good War, Great Men" provides first-hand accounts of more than a dozen soldiers who served together during the Great War. Their stories have been …

"The Great Divide" with Thomas Fleming

February 9th, 2016


In the months after her husband's death, Martha Washington told several friends that the two worst days of her life were the day George died—and the …

"Growing Up Amish" with Richard Stevick

February 9th, 2016


On the surface, it appears that little has changed for Amish youth in the past decade: children learn to work hard early in life, they complete …

"Guyasuta and the Fall of Indian America" with Brady Crytzer

February 9th, 2016


Nearly a century before the United States declared the end of the Indian Wars, the fate of Native Americans was revealed in the battle of Fallen Timbers. In 1794, General Anthony Wayne led the first American army— the …

"Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso" with Kali Nicole Gross

April 12th, 2016


Shortly after a dismembered torso was discovered by a pond outside Philadelphia in 1887, investigators homed in on two suspects: Hannah Mary Tabbs, a married, working-class, black woman, and George Wilson, a former …

“Hell with the Lid Off” with Ed Gruver and Jim Campbell

February 1st, 2021


"Hell with the Lid Off" looks at the ferocious five-year war waged by Pittsburgh and Oakland for NFL supremacy during the turbulent seventies. The …

"Here and There" with Bill Conlogue

February 9th, 2016


The global economy threatens the uniqueness of places, people, and experiences. In Here and There, Bill Conlogue tests the assumption that literature and local places matter less and less in a world that economists …

"Hidden History of Pittsburgh" with Len Barcousky

June 24th, 2016


When Mark Twain visited in 1884, he claimed to spy a little bit of hell in Pittsburgh’s smoky appearance. Twain’s observations are among the many riveting firsthand accounts and anecdotes to be found in the archives of …

"High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly" with Donald Spoto

August 20th, 2018


In just seven years–from 1950 through 1956–Grace Kelly embarked on a whirlwind career that included roles in eleven movies. From the principled Amy …

“Hinsonville’s Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers in Chester County, PA” with Cheryl Renée Gooch

April 30th, 2018


The free black community of Hinsonville sent its sons to serve the Union when called on. As members of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Volunteers, …

"Historic Architecture of Pennsylvania" with Scott Butcher

June 1st, 2020


Nestled among the rolling hills of South Central Pennsylvania, six counties – Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York – are home to …

"Home Free" with Michael Rothan and Tony Strubel

February 9th, 2016


We did much of what we wanted to do, and those things we were prevented from doing, weren’t really that important to us. We were limited only by the boundaries of imagination and yet there were no boundaries. We shared …

“Horne’s” & “Kaufmann’s” with Letitia Stuart Savage

March 2nd, 2020


The Joseph Horne Company, popularly known as Horne's, was a beloved and integral part of Pittsburghers' lives for generations. It was the first …

"The Hour of Peril" with Daniel Stashower

February 9th, 2016


“The Hour of Peril”
In February of 1861, just days before he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln faced a “clear and fully-matured” threat of …

"Homestead Strike" with Paul Kahan

February 9th, 2016


On July 6, 1892, three hundred armed Pinkerton agents arrived in Homestead, Pennsylvania to retake the Carnegie Steelworks from the company's …

"The Houses of Louis Kahn" with George Marcus and William Whitaker

July 20th, 2020


Louis Kahn (1901–1974), one of the most important architects of the postwar period, is widely admired for his great monumental works, including the Kimbell Art Museum, the Salk Institute, and the National Assembly …

"How The French Saved America" with Tom Shachtman

January 16th, 2018


To the rebelling colonies, French assistance made the difference between looming defeat and eventual triumph. Even before the Declaration of …

"I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had" with Tony Danza

July 29th, 2019


I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is television, screen and stage star Tony Danza’s absorbing account of a year spent teaching …

"I Am Regina and Moon of Two Dark Horses" with Sally Keehn

July 9th, 2018


The cabin door crashes open-and in a few minutes Regina’s life changes forever. Allegheny Indians murder her father and brother, burn their Pennsylvania home to the ground, and take Regina captive. Only her mother, who …

“Iconic Pittsburgh” with Paul King

October 26th, 2020


The Steel City has boasted some of the most famous figures, landmarks and innovations in the country's history. Pittsburgh's past is littered with dozens of fascinating stories behind the icons that define it. Mary …

"Idlewild" with Jennifer Sopko

September 24th, 2018


Idlewild was developed by Pittsburgh's Mellon family as a picnic grove to boost traffic on the Ligonier Valley Rail Road. When C.C. Macdonald took the helm in 1931, rides, entertainment and other attractions came to …

"Ike's Bluff" with Evan Thomas

February 9th, 2016


“Ike’s Bluff”
Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower came to be seen by many as a doddering lightweight. Yet behind the bland smile and apparent simplemindedness was a brilliant, intellectual tactician. …

"The Indian World of George Washington" with Colin Calloway

June 25th, 2018


In this new biography, Colin Calloway uses the prism of George Washington's life to bring focus to the great Native leaders of his time--Shingas, …

“Insight Philadelphia: Historical Essays Illustrated” with Kenneth Finkel

February 11th, 2019


Each of the nearly 100 essays in Insight Philadelphia tells a succinct, compelling, and little-known tale of the city’s past. Some stories are quirky, like how early gas stations were designed to resemble classical …

“I Walked With Giants” with Jimmy Heath

February 9th, 2016


Composer of more than 100 jazz pieces, three-time Grammy nominee, and performer on more than 125 albums, saxophonist Jimmy Heath has earned a place of honor in the history of jazz. Over his long career, Heath knew many …

"James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War" with John Quist and Michael Birkner

February 9th, 2016


“James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War”
As James Buchanan took office in 1857, the United States found itself at a crossroads. Dissolution …

"James Buchanan and the Political Crisis of the 1850s" with Michael Birkner

July 6th, 2020


When Buchanan entered the White House in March 1857, he seemed well positioned to accomplish his main objectives. A canny and seasoned politician …

“Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution” with Jeff Broadwater

October 7th, 2019


Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and James Madison, "Father of the Constitution," were two of the most important Founders …

“Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky and the Crisis in Penn State Athletics: Wounded Lions” with Ronald A. Smith

March 13th, 2017


In Wounded Lions, acclaimed sport historian and longtime Penn State professor Ronald A. Smith heavily draws from university archives to answer the How? and Why? at the heart of the scandal. The Sandusky case was far …

“John W. Garrett and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad” with Kathleen Waters Sander

October 2nd, 2017


Historian Kathleen Waters Sander tells the story of B&O Railroad President John W. Garrett and the B&O’s plan to build a rail line from Baltimore over the Allegheny Mountains to the Ohio River. The B&O’s …

"Joseph Leidy" with Leonard Warren

July 8th, 2019


Contemporaries of the modest and unassuming scientist Joseph Leidy (1823–91) revered him as the supreme consultant in questions relating to human …

"Juniata, River of Sorrows" with Dennis McIlnay

July 13th, 2020


A stirring documentary of Dennis McIlnay's trip on the 100- mile Juniata River in central Pennsylvania, and a moving portrait of some of the Juniata's earliest -- and bloodiest -- events.

"Just Tell Me I Can't" with Jamie Moyer

February 9th, 2016


Long-time fans of the National Pastime have known Moyer's name for more than 25 years. That's because he's been pitching in the bigs for all those years. With his trademark three pitches - slow, slower, and slowest - …

"Keystone Corruption" with Brad Bumsted

February 9th, 2016


Keystone Corruption: A Pennsylvania Insider s View of a State Gone Wrong traces the cyclical nature of misconduct in Pennsylvania government over the course of the last hundred years. Most of the book focuses on …

"Keystone Fly Fishing" with Henry Ramsay, Dave Rothrock and Len Lichvar

June 5th, 2017


The definitive, up-to-date guide to Pennsylvania's best fly fishing by regional experts and guides. Includes over 200 rivers and streams across the state as well as information on where to fish for trout, smallmouth …

"The Kingdom of Coal: Work, Enterprise, and Ethnic Communities in the Mine Fields" with Donald Miller and Richard Sharpless

March 11th, 2019


Considered by scholars and history buffs alike to be the best survey history of the rise and fall of the anthracite mining industry in Pennsylvania, …

"The King of the Movies: Film Pioneer Siegmund Lubin" with Joseph Eckhardt

January 7th, 2019


In addition to detailing the life and career of Siegmund Lubin of Philadelphia, this work explores the complex character of America's first Jewish …

"The Knox Mine Disaster" with Robert and Kenneth Wolensky

June 17th, 2019


The Knox Mine Disaster is much more than a history of an accident—or an industry, for that matter. Because the book draws on the recollections of …

"The Ku Klux Klan in Western Pennsylvania, 1921-1928" with John M. Craig

February 9th, 2016


This study examines Ku Klux Klan activities in Pennsylvania’s twenty-five western-most counties, where the state organization enjoyed greatest numerical strength. The work covers the period between the Klan’s initial …

"Labor Unrest in Scranton" with Margo L. Azzarelli & Marne Azzarelli

November 28th, 2016


On an August morning in 1877, a dispute over wages exploded between miners and coal company owners. A furious mob rushed down Lackawanna Avenue only …

"La Citadelle" with Leanard Bethel

February 9th, 2016


Layle Lane was an educator, a social activist, and a political leader. She was a key organizer of the first march on Washington, D.C., which led to …

“Lair of the Lion: A History of Beaver Stadium” with Lee Stout and Harry H. West

February 26th, 2018


Historian Lee Stout and engineering professor Harry H. West show how Penn State's Beaver Stadium came to be, including a look at its predecessors, “Old” Beaver Field, built in 1893 on a site centrally located northeast …

"The Lake Erie Campaign of 1813" with Walter Rybka

June 8th, 2020


On September 10, 1813, the hot, still air that hung over Lake Erie was broken by the sounds of sharp conflict. Led by Oliver Hazard Perry, the American fleet met the British, and though they sustained heavy losses, …

“The LaPorte Inheritance: An Historical Novel of French Azilum” with Deborah deBilly dit Courville

October 23rd, 2017


A mostly forgotten episode of US history is brought to life in fascinating detail by historian and author Deborah deBilly dit Courville. Working from …

"Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale" with Larry McShane and Dan Pearson

April 18th, 2017


As the last Don of the Philadelphia mob, Ralph Natale, the first-ever mob boss to turn state’s evidence, provides an insider’s perspective on the mafia. Natale’s reign atop the Philadelphia and New Jersey underworlds …

"The Last to Fall" with Richard Fulton & James Rada

February 9th, 2016


There’s more than one way to fight the Civil War The 1863 Battle of Gettysburg resulted in horrific slaughter that ultimately ended the Confederate …

"Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania, Volume 2, 1710-1756: A Biographical Dictionary" with Craig Horle and Joseph Foster

April 8th, 2019


This superb biographical dictionary of Pennsylvania legislators provides elaborate accounts of each Pennsylvania lawmaker who served during the …

"Lazaretto: A Novel" with Diane McKinney-Whetstone

April 4th, 2016


Isolated on an island where two rivers meet, the Lazaretto quarantine hospital is the first stop for immigrants who wish to begin new lives in …

“Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken: Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg” with Richard Schaus

December 2nd, 2019


"Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken" focuses on the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg and addresses how Maj. Gen. George G. Meade organized and motivated his Army of the Potomac in response to President …

"Legacy: A Biography of Moses and Walter Annenberg" with Christopher Ogden

July 30th, 2018


The father fled East Prussia to escape the 1880s pogroms and, as a penniless immigrant boy, hawked newspapers on the streets of Chicago. The son, who lives on Philadelphia's Main Line and on a palatial California …

"A Lenape Among the Quakers" with Dawn Marsh

February 9th, 2016


On July 28, 1797, an elderly Lenape woman stood before the newly appointed almsman of Pennsylvania’s Chester County and delivered a brief account of …

"Lenape Country" with Jean Soderlund

February 9th, 2016


Lenape Country is a sweeping narrative history of the multiethnic society of the Delaware Valley in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. …

"Liberty's First Crisis" with Charles Slack

February 9th, 2016


When the United States government passed the Bill of Rights in 1791, its uncompromising protection of speech and of the press were unlike anything the world had ever seen before. But by 1798, the once-dazzling young …

"The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens" with Mark Singel

February 17th, 2020


"The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens" is an insightful look at one of the most misunderstood figures of the 19th Century. Stevens, the driving …

“The Life & Songs of Stephen Foster” with JoAnne O’Connell

February 28th, 2017


The Life and Songs of Stephen Foster offers an engaging reassessment of the life, politics, and legacy of the misunderstood father of American music. …

"The Life of Louis Kahn: You Say to Brick" with Wendy Lesser

May 30th, 2017


Wendy Lesser’s "You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn" is a major exploration of the architect’s life and work. Born in Estonia 1901 and brought to America in 1906, the architect Louis Kahn grew up in poverty in …

"Little Italy in the Great War" with Richard Juliani

November 25th, 2019


The Great War challenged all who were touched by it. Italian immigrants, torn between their country of origin and country of relocation, confronted …

“Longstreet at Gettysburg, A Critical Reassessment” with Cory Pfarr

May 13th, 2019


This is the first book-length, critical analysis of Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s actions at the Battle of Gettysburg. The author argues that Longstreet’s record has been discredited unfairly, beginning with …

“Looking Up: From the ABA to the NBA, the WNBA to the NCAA” with Jim O'Brien

April 23rd, 2018


In April 2003, Jim O’Brien was the first Pittsburgher inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame. This book is a celebration of 60th anniversary of a career as a professional sports writer. O'Brien was the …

"Lost Mount Penn" with Mike Madaio

June 22nd, 2020


German immigrants of the nineteenth century brought their traditions of winemaking and mouthwatering cuisine to the slopes of Mount Penn high above Reading. With a Santa Claus beard and a long-stemmed pipe, the hermit …

"Lost Triumph" with Tom Carhart

February 10th, 2016


“Lost Triumph: Lee’s Real Plan at Gettysburg and Why It Failed”
Conventional wisdom holds that General Robert E. Lee risked everything at Gettysburg. …

"Louis I. Kahn" with Charles Dagit

February 10th, 2016


Few people in the history of art and architecture have planted a seed of inspiration that grew to become a towering oak of lasting influence. There …

"The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin's House" with Daniel Mark Epstein

June 11th, 2018


In The Loyal Son, award-winning historian Daniel Mark Epstein throws the spotlight on one of the more enigmatic aspects of Franklin’s biography: his complex and confounding relationship with his illegitimate son …

“Maine Roads to Gettysburg” with Tom Huntington

May 14th, 2018


Everyone knows about Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his 20th Maine Regiment, but there’s much more to the story of Maine at the Battle of …

"Making Ideas Matter" with Dwight Evans

February 10th, 2016


Making Ideas Matter is a primer on mobilizing political power to achieve enlightened goals in a democracy. This is a book about how good politicians …

"Making Industrial Pittsburgh Modern" with Edward Muller and Joel Tarr

March 10th, 2020


Pittsburgh’s explosive industrial and population growth between the mid-nineteenth century and the Great Depression required constant attention to …

"Making Good Neighbors" with Abigail Perkiss

February 10th, 2016


In the 1950s and 1960s, as the white residents, real estate agents, and municipal officials of many American cities fought to keep African Americans out of traditionally white neighborhoods, Philadelphia's West Mount …

"A Man & His Ship" with Steven Ujifusa

February 9th, 2016


At the peak of his power, in the 1940s and 1950s, William Francis Gibbs was considered America’s best naval architect. His quest to build the finest, …

"Marian Anderson: A Singer's Journey" with Allan Keiler

July 22nd, 2019


A definitive biography of one of America's greatest singers and a seminal figure in the American civil rights movement uncovers the life of the first …

"Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile" with Roland Bessette

July 15th, 2019


More than 40 years after his premature death, the mystique of Mario Lanza continues. He remains a legendary figure, a crossover icon embraced and …

"Marley & Me" with John Grogan

December 30th, 2019


John Grogan, a metropolitan columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife, Jenny, were newlyweds when they brought home an irresistible yellow …

“Marley & Me” with John Grogan

February 10th, 2016


John Grogan, a metropolitan columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife, Jenny, were newlyweds when they brought home an irresistible yellow …

“The Martin Guitar Archives” with Dick Boak

March 20th, 2017


The Martin Archives is a unique inside look into C.F. Martin & Co.'s reign as America's oldest and most revered guitarmaker – viewed through a …

"The Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes" with Walt Koken & Clare Milliner

February 10th, 2016


“Old-Time" music could be loosely described as that body of music containing fiddle tunes, banjo tunes, ballads, and ensemble pieces in various …

"Mission: Jimmy Stewart & the Fight for Europe" with Robert Matzen

January 19th, 2017


On a Saturday in March 1941, Jimmy Stewart, America's boy-next-door actor, left Hollywood behind and took the oath of service in the United States …

“Mob Files” with George Anastasia

February 10th, 2016


For more than 25 years as a reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer George Anastasia has made tracking the American Mafia his regular beat, writing …

“Moravian Soundscapes” with Sarah Justina Eyerly

February 15th, 2021


In "Moravian Soundscapes," Sarah Eyerly contends that the study of sound is integral to understanding the interactions between German Moravian missionaries and Native communities in early Pennsylvania. In the mid-18th …

“Mr. All-Around: The Life of Tom Gola” with David Grzybowski

November 5th, 2018


Tom Gola is a Philadelphia Big Five basketball icon. He led La Salle to the NIT championship in 1952 and the NCAA championship in 1954, and holds the …

"Mr. President" with Harlow Giles Unger

February 10th, 2016


Although the framers gave the president little authority, Washington knew whatever he did would set precedents for generations of his successors. To …

"Murder in the Stacks" with David DeKok

February 10th, 2016


On Nov. 28, 1969, Betsy Aardsma, a 22-year-old graduate student in English at Penn State, was stabbed to death in the stacks of Pattee Library at the …

"The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases" with Michael Capuzzo

August 27th, 2018


Three of the greatest detectives in the world--a renowned FBI agent turned private eye, a sculptor and lothario who speaks to the dead, and an …

"Native Americans in the Susquehanna River Valley, Past and Present" with David Minderhout

February 10th, 2016


This first volume in the new Stories of the Susquehanna Valley series describes the Native American presence in the Susquehanna River Valley, a key …

"N.C. Wyeth: A Biography" with David Michaelis

July 17th, 2018


His name summons up our earliest images of the beloved books we read as children. His illustrations for Scribner's Illustrated Classics (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Last of the Mohicans, The Yearling) are etched …

“Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge” with Erica Armstrong Dunbar

February 23rd, 2017


When George Washington was elected president, he reluctantly left behind his beloved Mount Vernon to serve in Philadelphia, the temporary seat of the nation’s capital, after a brief stay in New York. In setting up his …

"The New Eagles Encyclopedia" with Ray Didinger

April 13th, 2020


While much has changed in the decade since the original publication of The Eagles Encyclopedia, the passion of Eagles fans has only grown stronger. That's why author Ray Didinger revised, updated, and expanded his …

"On the Edge of Freedom" with David Smith

February 10th, 2016


“On the Edge of Freedom”
In “On the Edge of Freedom,” David Smith breaks new ground by illuminating the unique development of antislavery sentiment in south central Pennsylvania—a border region of a border state with a …

"On the Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-five Years of Keystone Reporting" with John Baer

June 29th, 2020


Pennsylvania, first home of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, has a tradition of political progress. However, along with the …

"Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball's Greatest Forgotten Player" with Jeremy Beer

February 10th, 2020


Among experts, Oscar Charleston is regarded as the best player in Negro Leagues history. During his prime he became a legend in Cuba and one of black …

“Out in Central Pennsylvania” with William Burton with Barry Loveland

February 22nd, 2021


Outside of major metropolitan areas, the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights has had its own unique and rich history—one that is …

“Out of the Woods” with Ellen Williams

November 29th, 2020


In the spring of 1861, as the nation balanced on the brink of the Civil War, a farmer from the Hudson Valley brought a pedigreed colt to his new home …

"The Parker Sisters" with Lucy Maddox

February 24th, 2016


In 1851, Elizabeth Parker, a free black child in Chester County, Pennsylvania, was bound and gagged, snatched from a local farm, and hurried off to a Baltimore slave pen. Two weeks later, her teenage sister, Rachel, was …

"Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father" with Jay Paterno

February 10th, 2016


This biography of Joe Paterno by his son Jay is an honest and touching look at the life and legacy of a beloved coaching legend. Jay Paterno paints a …

"Pennsylvania: A Military History" with Barbara Gannon and Christian Keller

July 17th, 2017


Founded in 1682 by a society that had no military, eschewed violence as a means of solving conflicts, and tolerated a wide variety of religions, …

"Pennsylvania Dutch" with Mark L. Louden

May 18th, 2016


In this probing study, Mark L. Louden, himself a fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch, provides readers with a close look at the place of the …

“Pennsylvania Patriots: Their Lives, Contributions, and Burial Sites” with Joe Farrell, Joe Farley and Lawrence Knorr

March 30th, 2020


Joe Farrell, Joe Farley, and Lawrence Knorr have traveled across the eastern USA to the graves of over 200 founding fathers (and mothers) responsible …

"The Pennsylvania Reserves in the Civil War" with Uzal Ent

February 10th, 2016


Until its soldiers mustered out of service in mid–1864, the Pennsylvania Reserve Division was one of only a few one-state divisions in the Union …

“Pennsylvania Scrapple” with Amy Strauss

January 29th, 2018


An essential food in Mid-Atlantic kitchens for hundreds of years, scrapple is the often-overlooked king of breakfast meats. Developed by German settlers of Pennsylvania, the slow food byproduct was created to avoid …

"Philadelphia: A Railroad History" with Edward Duffy

February 10th, 2016


Philadelphia: A Railroad History describes the remarkable development of the railroad industry in Philadelphia and the intense competition that pitted the Pennsylvania Railroad against the Reading Railroad, and those …

“Philadelphia Battlefields” with John Kromer

November 16th, 2020


John Kromer’s "Philadelphia Battlefields" considers key local campaigns undertaken from 1951 to 2019 that were extraordinarily successful despite the …

"Philadelphia Freedoms" with Michael Awkward

February 10th, 2016


Michael Awkward’s Philadelphia Freedoms captures the disputes over the meanings of racial politics and black identity during the post-King era in the …

"The Philadelphia Nativist Riots" with Kenneth Milano

February 10th, 2016


The outskirts of Philadelphia seethed with tension in the spring of 1844. By May 6, the situation between the newly arrived Irish Catholics and …

“Physician Soldier” with Michael Gabriel

March 15th, 2021


Frederick R. Gabriel graduated from medical school in 1940, entered the US Army, and was assigned to the newly-created 39th Station Hospital. His …

"Pickett's Charge in History and Memory" with Carol Reardon

February 10th, 2016


“Pickett’s Charge in History and Memory”

If, as many have argued, the Civil War is the most crucial moment in our national life and Gettysburg its turning point, then the climax of the climax, the central moment of our …

“Pittsburgh and the Great Steel Strike of 1919” with Ryan Brown

January 27th, 2020


In 1919, the steel industry of Pittsburgh was on the brink of war. Years of labor strife broke out into open conflict as steel workers launched the biggest strike to date in the United States, paralyzing mills from …

"Pittsburgh Drinks: A History of Cocktails, Nightlife & Bartending Tradition" with Cody McDevitt and Sean Enright

June 19th, 2017


Pittsburgh’s drinking culture is a story of its people: vibrant, hardworking and innovative. During Prohibition, the Hill District became a center of …

"The Pittsburgh Pirates Encyclopedia, Second Edition" with David Finoli & Bill Ranier

February 10th, 2016


The Pittsburgh Pirates have one of the most storied histories in the annals of baseball. The Pittsburgh Pirates Encyclopedia captures these fabulous …

"Pittsburgh in World War I" with Elizabeth Williams

May 26th, 2020


When the whole of Europe went to war in 1914, Pittsburgh watched the storm clouds gather at home. Yet Pittsburgh was a city of immigrants--the large …

“Pittsburgh’s Lost Outpost: Captain Trent's Fort” with Jason Cherry

May 28th, 2019


As 1753 came to a close, European empires were set on a collision course for a triangular piece of land known as the Forks of the Ohio at the …

“Playing Politics with Natural Disaster” with Timothy Kneeland

September 21st, 2020


Hurricane Agnes struck the United States in June of 1972, just months before a pivotal election and at the dawn of the deindustrialization period across the Northeast. The response by local, state, and national …

“Playing Through the Whistle” with S.L. Price

January 30th, 2017


In “Playing Through the Whistle,” celebrated sportswriter S. L. Price tells the story of a remarkable place, its people, its players, and, through it, a wider story of American history from the turn of the twentieth …

“The Politics of Black Citizenship” with Andrew Diemer

February 13th, 2017


Considering Baltimore and Philadelphia as part of a larger, Mid-Atlantic borderland, “The Politics of Black Citizenship” shows that the antebellum …

"Powwowing in Pennsylvania: Healing Rituals of the Dutch Country" with Patrick Donmoyer

May 22nd, 2018


This cultural exploration offers an unparalleled presentation of Pennsylvania’s ritual healing traditions known as powwowing or Braucherei in …

“Preserving the White Man’s Republic” with Joshua Lynn

January 25th, 2021


In "Preserving the White Man’s Republic: Jacksonian Democracy, Race, and the Transformation of American Conservatism," historian Joshua Lynn reveals how in the years before the Civil War the national Democratic Party …

"Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures" with Robert Wittman

August 26th, 2019


The Wall Street Journal called him “a living legend.” The London Times dubbed him “the most famous art detective in the world.”

In Priceless, …

“Prohibition Pittsburgh” with Richard Gazarik

April 16th, 2018


When Prohibition hit the Steel City, it created a level of violence and corruption residents had never witnessed. Illegal producers ran stills in …

"The Quartet" with Joseph Ellis

February 10th, 2016


We all know the famous opening phrase of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this Continent a …

"The Quiet Don" with Matt Birkbeck

February 10th, 2016


Secretive—even reclusive—Russell Bufalino quietly built his organized crime empire in the decades between Prohibition and the Carter presidency. His reach extended far beyond the coal country of Scranton, Pennsylvania, …

“Radiation Nation: Three Mile Island and the Political Transformation of the 1970s ” with Natasha Zaretsky

December 3rd, 2018


On March 28, 1979, the worst nuclear reactor accident in U.S. history occurred at the Three Mile Island power plant in Central Pennsylvania. Radiation Nation tells the story of what happened that day and in the months …

“Remembering Lattimer: Labor, Migration, and Race in Pennsylvania Anthracite Country" with Paul Shackel

February 18th, 2019


On September 10, 1897, a group of 400 striking coal miners--workers of Polish, Slovak, and Lithuanian descent or origin--marched on Lattimer, …

"Remembering Pittsburgh: An "Eyewitness" History of the Steel City" with Len Barcousky

August 13th, 2019


The doomed Whiskey Rebellion, the Great Fire that destroyed a third of the city in 1845 and Lincoln's speech urging residents to shun talk of …

"Retreat from Gettysburg" with Kent Masterson Brown

February 10th, 2016


“Retreat from Gettysburg”
Kent Masterson Brown’s “Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign” offers the first …

"The Return of George Washington" with Edward Larson

February 10th, 2016


Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson recovers a crucially important—yet almost always overlooked—chapter of George Washington’s life, …

"Road to Rust" with Dale Richard Perelman

June 19th, 2018


As the twentieth century dawned on western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, the region's steel industry faced a struggle for unionism. Unionists like Philip Murray, John L. Lewis, Samuel Gompers and Gus Hall battled for …

"Roads to Gettysburg" with Brad Gottfried

February 10th, 2016


“Roads to Gettysburg”

The men of the Union and Confederate armies experienced a mix of emotions during Robert E. Lee's first phase of the Gettysburg campaign. Lee's veterans experienced a sense of wonder and excitement …

"Running The Rails" with James Wolfinger

December 12th, 2016


In “Running the Rails,” James Wolfinger uses the history of Philadelphia’s sprawling public transportation system to explore how labor relations …

"Ruling Suburbia: John J. McClure and the Republican Machine in Delaware County, Pennsylvania" with John Morrison McLarnon

August 17th, 2020


Ruling Suburbia chronicles the history of the Republican machine that has dominated the political life of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, since 1875, …

"Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father" with Stephen Fried

March 25th, 2019


In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men put their quills to a dangerous document they called the Declaration of Independence. Among them was a …

"Rust Belt Boy" with Paul Hertneky

October 26th, 2016


Paul Hertneky is one of millions of baby boomers who fled the industrial north upon fulfilling his parents’ dreams of a college education. He returns …

"Saga of the Johnstown City Schools" with Clea Hollis

August 24th, 2020


Offers a detailed chronology of the growth, decline, and attempted resurrection of one American public education system. This book illustrates …

"Saint Katharine" with Cordelia Frances Biddle

February 10th, 2016


When Katharine Drexel was born in 1858, her grandfather, financier Francis Martin Drexel, had a fortune so vast he was able to provide a loan of …

“Salut!: France Meets Philadelphia” with Lynn Miller & Therese Dolan

March 1st, 2021


One highly visible example of French influence on the city of Philadelphia is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, modeled on the Champs-Élysées. In …

"The Schenley Experiment: A Social History of Pittsburgh's First Public High School" with Jake Oresick

May 8th, 2017


"The Schenley Experiment" is the story of Pittsburgh’s first public high school, a social incubator in a largely segregated city that was highly—even …

“The Scots Irish of Early Pennsylvania” with Judith Ridner

September 10th, 2018


The Scots Irish were one of early Pennsylvania’s largest non-English immigrant groups. They were stereotyped as frontier ruffians and Indian haters. In The Scots Irish of Early Pennsylvania, historian Judith Ridner …

"Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in PA" with Andrew M. Wilson, Daniel W. Brauning and Robert S. Mulvihill

February 10th, 2016


“Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in PA”
Twenty years after the first Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania was published, the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania brings our knowledge of the state’s bird …

"The Second Day at Gettysburg" with David Shultz & Scott Mingus

July 19th, 2016


Based upon a faulty early-morning reconnaissance, General Robert E. Lee decided to attack up the Emmitsburg Road in an effort to collapse the left …

"Seeking the Greatest Good" with Char Miller

February 10th, 2016


Char Miller chronicles the history of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies and describes its iconic national historic site, Grey Towers, offered by Pinchot’s family as a lasting gift to the American people. As …

"Semisweet" with Johnny O' Brien

February 10th, 2016


The Milton Hershey School is the richest and wealthiest K-12 residential school in the world. Its $12 billion trust fund, financed by sales of the …

“The Senate Will Come To Order!” with Sen. Robert Jubelirer

March 26th, 2018


Sen. Robert Jubelirer was first elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in 1974. Watergate was a deep wound on voter psyche, and Jubelirer was the lone Republican freshman Senator elected. Until his loss in a primary …

"Serious Nonsense" with William W. Donner

April 27th, 2016


Serious Nonsense introduces readers to Pennsylvania German cultural practices that tourists rarely see and that outsiders, including most scholars, …

“Sesqui!: Greed, Graft, and the Forgotten World’s Fair of 1926” with Thomas Keels

June 5th, 2017


In 1916, department store magnate and Grand Old Philadelphian John Wanamaker launched plans for a Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition in his …

"Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family" with Jennifer Lin

April 11th, 2017


Veteran journalist Jennifer Lin takes readers from remote nineteenth-century mission outposts to Philadelphia and to the thriving house churches and cathedrals of today’s China. The Lin family—and the book’s central …

“She Came To Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman" with Erica Armstrong Dunbar

March 23rd, 2020


Harriet Tubman is best known as one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. As a leading abolitionist, her bravery and …

"Shop Pomeroy's First" with Michael Lisicky

February 10th, 2016


For over one hundred years, Pomeroy’s was a beloved household name for the shoppers of central and eastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1876, the store …

"Sickles at Gettysburg" with James Hessler

February 10th, 2016


Sickles at Gettysburg”
No individual who fought at Gettysburg was more controversial, both personally and professionally, than Major General Daniel E. Sickles. By 1863, Sickles was notorious as a disgraced former …

"Silk Stockings and Socialism" with Sharon McConnell-Sidorick

June 12th, 2017


The 1920s Jazz Age is remembered for flappers and speakeasies, not for the success of a declining labor movement. A more complex story was unfolding …

"Slavery & The Underground Railroad in South Central PA" with Cooper H. Wingert

December 12th, 2016


Much like the rest of the nation, South Central Pennsylvania struggled with slavery. The institution lingered locally for more than fifty years, although it was virtually extinct everywhere else within Pennsylvania. …

“The Slide: Leyland, Bonds, & The Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates” with Richard Peterson and Stephen Peterson

July 24th, 2017


In the deciding game of the 1992 National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, the Pittsburgh Pirates suffered the most dramatic and devastating loss in team history when former Pirate Sid Bream slid …

“Smalltime” with Russell Shorto

April 19th, 2021


"Smalltime" is a mob story straight out of central casting—but with a difference, for the small-town mob, which stretched from Schenectady to Fresno, is a mostly unknown world. The location is the brawny postwar factory …

“Smiling Banjo: A Half Century of Love and Music at the Philadelphia Folk Festival” with Eric Ring, John Lupton and Jayne Toohey

April 1st, 2019


Attended by tens of thousands of people each August, the Philadelphia Folk Festival is the longest continually running folk festival in America. …

“Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance” with Mark Whitaker

April 2nd, 2018


The other great renaissance of black culture, influence, and glamour burst forth joyfully in what may seem an unlikely place—Pittsburgh, PA—from the …

“Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier” with Mark Kram

September 16th, 2019


Sports writer Mark Kram gives a full-bodied accounting of Joe Frazier’s life, a journey that began as the youngest of thirteen children packed in …

"The Sons Of Molly Maguire" with Mark Bulik

February 10th, 2016


Sensational tales of true-life crime, the devastation of the Irish potato famine, the upheaval of the Civil War, and the turbulent emergence of the …

"Speaking Pittsburghese" with Barbara Johnstone

February 10th, 2016


This book explores the history of Pittsburghese, the language of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area as it is imagined and used by Pittsburghers. Pittburghese is linked to local identity so strongly that it is alluded to …

"Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign" with Thomas Ryan

February 10th, 2016


Despite the thousands of books and articles written about Gettysburg, Tom Ryan's groundbreaking Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg …

“Spy Sites of Philadelphia” with Robert Wallace

April 16th, 2021


Philadelphia became a battleground for spies as George Washington's Patriot army in nearby Valley Forge struggled to survive the winter of 1776-77. …

"Stabbed in the Heart" with Lynn Shiner, Nancy Chavez and Nancy Eshelman

February 10th, 2016


For months they made news: Two suburban mothers whose only children were violently snatched away. Lynn Shiner’s family dominated the news beginning …

"Stan Musial: An American Life" with George Vecsey

August 6th, 2019


Veteran sports journalist George Vecsey finally gives this twenty-time All-Star and St. Louis Cardinals icon the biographical treatment he deserves. Stan Musial is the definitive portrait of one of the game’s best-loved …

“The Standard-Bearers of Equality” with Paul Polgar

March 16th, 2020


Paul Polgar recovers the racially inclusive vision of America's first abolition movement. In showcasing the activities of the Pennsylvania Abolition …

"Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine" with Thomas Desjardin

February 10th, 2016


“Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine”

With a new preface and updated maps and illustrations, Stand Firm Ye Boys of Maine offers a compelling account of one of the most crucial small engagements of the Civil War. This …

"Stealing Wyeth" with Bruce Mowday

December 9th, 2019


Andrew Wyeth was one of the best known American artists in the world in the 20th century with his works being sought after by serious art collectors …

"Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Journey Home" with Richard Bell

January 20th, 2020


"Stolen" tells the story of five young, free black boys who fall into the clutches of a fearsome gang of kidnappers and slavers in Philadelphia in …

"Stopping Pickett: The History of the Philadelphia Brigade" with Brad Gottfried

February 10th, 2016


“Stopping Pickett: The History of the Philadelphia Brigade”

As Pickett's men made their final charge toward the clump of trees in the center of the Union line at Gettysburg, they smashed into the Philadelphia Brigade, …

“Tanking to the Top” with Yaron Weitzman

October 12th, 2020


When a group of private equity bigwigs purchased the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011, the team was both bad and boring. Attendance was down. So were ratings. The Sixers had an aging coach, an antiquated front office, and a …

"Targeted Tracks" with Scott Mingus and Cooper Wingert

October 28th, 2019


The Civil War was the first conflict in which railroads played a major role. The Cumberland Valley Railroad, for example, played an important …

"Teen Idol on the Rocks" with Bobby Rydell

October 12th, 2016


Bobby Rydell writes of his encounters with such giants of 20th century show business as Frank Sinatra, Ann-Margret, The Beatles, Red Skelton, Jack Benny and Dick Clark, whose Philly-based American Bandstand helped make …

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