Bo's Library

Good books, like good friends, make life worth living. These are some of my favorite reads I’ve come across in researching for the podcast. I’m an Amazon Affiliate, so when you purchase from here it helps support the show. Many thanks and enjoy the Library.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Doris Kearns Goodwin

The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For

David McCullough

A. Lincoln: A Biography

Ronald C. White

Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man

Walter Stahr

For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

James M. McPherson

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

James M. McPherson

Leadership: In Turbulent Times

Doris Kearns Goodwin

April 1865: The Month That Saved America

Jay Winik

Abraham Lincoln: Selected Speeches and Writings

Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln and the Election of 1860

Michael S. Green

Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

Joshua Wolf Shenk

Abraham Lincoln: A Life

Michael Burlingame

Lincoln, Seward, and US Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era

Joseph A. Fry

Lincoln and the Thirteenth Amendment

Christian G. Samito

The Second World War

Sir Winston Churchill

Other Selves: Philosophers on Friendship

Michael Pakaluk (Editor)

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds

Michael Lewis

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics

Richard H. Thaler

The Lessons of History

Will & Ariel Durant

The Purpose of the Past

Gordon S. Wood

Practicing History: Selected Essays

Barbara W. Tuchman

Churchill: Walking with Destiny

Andrew Roberts

Franklin and Winston

Jon Meacham

Masters and Commanders

Andrew Roberts

Traitor to His Class

H.W. Brands

No Ordinary Time

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Why the Allies Won

Richard Overy

Recent Episodes

March 19, 2019

Bromances of History tells the stories of genuine friends who changed the world. Through the lives of statesmen, scientists, military leaders, and titans of business we examine that vital element of the good life: friendship.

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May 3, 2020

One was expected to be President and the other became so. Rivals in the 1860 Republican Convention, these two men would forge a true friendship that sustained them both through the darkest hour of the American Republic. William H. Seward was experienced, educated, and well connected. A former Governor turned Senator of New York he made a stark contrast to the former one term Congressman and prairie lawyer from Illinois.

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September 14, 2020

As southern states seceded and the storm of the Civil War loomed over the country Seward was named Secretary of State. Though adversaries at first their story illustrates Lincoln’s word’s “Do I not destroy my enemy when I make him my friend?”

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