Booknotes is back with more compelling interviews in a new podcast, Booknotes+. Taking the concept from Brian Lamb's long running Booknotes TV program, the podcast offers listeners more books and authors. Booknotes+ features a mix of new interviews with authors and historians, along with some old favorites from the archives. The platform may be different, but the goal is the same – give listeners the opportunity to learn something new.
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Ep. 5: Harlow Giles Unger – Thomas Paine, Forgotten Hero of the American Revolution
Historian Harlow Unger chats with Brian Lamb about the work and legacy of Thomas Paine. Mr. Paine's political writings inspired American revolutionaries, but his later writings on religion made him a pariah. Harlow Unger's book, "Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American Independence," is the latest of 27 he has written, including many on the Founding Fathers.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Ep. 4: Thomas Ricks – The Founders, the Greeks, and the Romans
Brian Lamb talks with longtime journalist and author Tom Ricks about his book, "First Principles," which examines the influence of the work of Greek and Roman philosophers on our Founding Fathers. Mr. Ricks' other books include "Fiasco," about the Iraq War, and "Churchill & Orwell." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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April 13, 2021
Ep. 3: Craig Fehrman – The Words of Our Presidents
Journalist and historian Craig Fehrman talks with Brian Lamb about his selection of the best writing done by U.S. Presidents. His book, "The Best Presidential Writing: From 1789 to the Present," is a follow-up to his first book, "Author-in-Chief," about the books written by our Presidents.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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April 10, 2021
Ep. 2: Christina Shutt – Incoming Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
Christina Shutt talks to Brian Lamb about her goals for the Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum after she takes over as executive director this summer. She also talks about her background and her time as executive director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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April 6, 2021
Ep. 1: Eleanor Herman - Sex with Presidents
Historian Eleanor Herman joins Brian Lamb to talk about her book, "Sex with Presidents," about sex scandals involving U.S. presidents going back to the early years of the Republic. Eleanor Herman is the author of many other books, including "Sex with the Queen" and "Sex with Kings." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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