S4 E38: Jon Meacham, Matthew Stanley, and Steve Sheinkin

In this episode meet Jon Meacham, co-author of Songs of America; Matthew Stanley, author of Einstein’s War; and Steve Sheinkin, author of Amelia Earhart and the Flying Chariot. History is the driving force behind each of these authors’ audiobooks. These authors use storytelling as a way to engage and connect listeners to the past, to topics ranging from American music to Amelia Earhart to World War I. Even non-history buffs will fall in love with history after listening to each author talk about his audiobook. Then find out which author would cast Helen Mirren as his audiobook narrator.

Learn more about their audiobooks:

Songs of America

From “The Star-Spangled Banner” to “Born in the U.S.A.,” Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw take readers on a moving and insightful journey through eras in American history and the songs and performers that inspired us. Meacham chronicles our history, exploring the stories behind the songs, and Tim McGraw reflects on them as an artist and performer. Their perspectives combine to create a unique view of the role music has played in uniting and shaping a nation.

“What a gem of a book! To read, to see, to hear the history of America, right and wrong, in song. This is an unusually well-written and moving story; it’s about us and U.S. all at the same time—as intimate as it is majestic in scope and reach.” —Ken Burns

Einstein's War

Einstein’s War is a riveting exploration of both the beauty of scientific creativity and enduring horrors of human nature. These two great forces battle in a story that culminates with a victory now a century old, the mind bending theory of general relativity.

“Impressive work of popular science… Well told… delivers a wider, and still relevant, message that how science is performed is inextricable from other aspects of people’s lives.”—Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

Amelia Earhart and the Flying Chariot

Two kids must un-twist history after Amelia Earhart changes course in the fourth Time Twisters chapter book by award-winning author Steve Sheinkin.

“Sheinkin creates a graceful blend of true history and outrageous adventure.”—Publisher’s Weekly

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