Author: Brendan Dowd

  • Author Margalit Fox Returns!

    Author Margalit Fox Returns!

    Let’s do it for Marm! Author Margalit Fox returns to talk her new book, The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum: The Rise and Fall of an American Organized Crime Boss. So good. Come listen! Buy The Talented Mrs. MandelbaumCheck out Margalit’s website

  • Ask Not by Maureen Callahan

    Ask Not by Maureen Callahan

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Ask Not: Ask not what this family did to women, ask why they got away with it. Quick synopsis: The story of all the women destroyed by the Kennedy family. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: The firefighter who retrieved Mary Jo Kopechne’s body at Chappaquiddick estimated she stayed alive for…

  • The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum by Margalit Fox

    The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum by Margalit Fox

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Talented Mrs. Mandelbaum: Her talent was crime. Quick synopsis: The story of Gilded Age crime boss, Fredericka Mandelbaum. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Brooks Brothers was founded in 1818 in New York City and was known for the shoddy products it provided to the Union Army during the Civil…

  • Wide Awake by Jon Grinspan

    Wide Awake by Jon Grinspan

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Wide Awake: I don’t know who they liked, but I do know who they hated. Quick synopsis: The story of the Wide Awakes, who fought against the “slave power” around the time of the Civil War. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: A huge supporter of the Wide Awakes was P.T.…

  • Author Dean Jobb joins the podcast!

    Author Dean Jobb joins the podcast!

    Let’s head to the second floor! Author Dean Jobb joins the podcast to talk his new book, A Gentleman and a Thief: The Daring Jewel Heists of a Jazz Age Rogue. Need I say more? Come listen! Buy A Gentleman and a ThiefCheck out Dean’s website

  • Vanishing Act by Dan Hampton

    Vanishing Act by Dan Hampton

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Vanishing Act: It’s more fun when the Russians don’t know you’re coming. Quick synopsis: The story of why one of the Doolittle Raiders may have ended up in Russia. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: In just two hours of the Pearl Harbor attack, 18 warships and 2,403 Americans were killed.…

  • A Gentleman and a Thief by Dean Jobb

    A Gentleman and a Thief by Dean Jobb

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for A Gentleman and a Thief: So smooth you’d thank him for stealing. Quick synopsis: The story of Jazz Age jewel thief, Arthur Barry. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Barry stole over $60 million dollars (in today’s dollars) worth of jewels during the Roaring Twenties. Fun Fact for History Nerds: The…

  • The Explorers by Amanda Bellows

    The Explorers by Amanda Bellows

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Explorers: The story of people who refused to sit still. Quick synopsis: A look at different explorers who are often overlooked in history. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Daniel Boone never wore a coonskin cap. He probably wore a beaver hat. Fun Fact for History Nerds: Sacagawea had an…

  • Pulitzer Prize Winner Emily Bussbaum joins the podcast!

    Pulitzer Prize Winner Emily Bussbaum joins the podcast!

    Let’s call action! Pulitzer Prize winner Emily Nussbaum joins me to discuss her new book Cue the Sun!: The Invention of Reality TV. It’s as good as it sounds. Come listen! Buy Cue the Sun!Check out Emily’s website