Audiobooks, Podcasts, & More

I’ve been enjoying listening to learn more about the people, events, changes and challenges both large and small before, during, and after the Civil War. Here are some Audiobooks and Podcasts I recommend:

Yale University Open Course on iTunes U 
This course explores the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War, from the 1840s to 1877. The primary goal of the course is to understand the multiple meanings of a transforming event in American history. The series is 27 podcasts and I’m currently just over halfway through. This series has captured my heart and mind. With each podcast I’m drawn more deeply in. Professor David Blight reads moving passages from letters, memoirs, and documents that bring the era to life, posing questions and pausing for reflection at such meaningful moments that I’m completely captivated. I’ve just located the site for his reading lists and other course materials here.

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
by James L. Swanson
Will Patton
“A fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.”
The book follows Lincoln, Booth and Booth’s conspirators in the days before, the day of, and days following the assassination. It’s a well told, captivating story, that incorporates interesting and informative details within the flow of action.

Organization of American Historians:
Civil War at 150 Podcasts
During the Civil War sesquicentennial, OAH is presenting audio and video podcasts with leading Civil War historians. These include interviews as well as OAH Distinguished Lectures.
I find the differences in focus and direction for each of the historians to be interesting.

An informative and enjoyable series to watch. I especially enjoy studying all the photographs for details of hats and clothing. Why do women, including me, love historian and novelist Shelby Foote in this series? Is it the southern accent? His mannerisms; dignified with a casual grace? His way with words? I also really enjoy historian Barbara Fields in this series.

The Civil War
by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
Pat Childs
Wendy McElroy
George C. Scott

This book is well written and wonderfully read by George C. Scott. Quoted passages written by both common people and leaders of the day are wonderfully presented having different actors reading them. Legislative and military events are nicely balanced with social and personal impact and reactions.

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