The Next Book

 

Today is a good day. Just as I’m completing work on a very interesting history of the Second Great Awakening, I got a note from my favorite publisher asking if I’d be interested in producing “Eisenhower For Our Time” by Steven Wagner.

I lit up like a Christmas tree. As I’ve mentioned, I graduated from Eisenhower College in 1974, and have had a strong interest in the General for many years. This book was just published (April 15!) so it doesn’t get hotter off the press. I expect to spend the month of May happily recording and editing this one.

I don’t usually talk about the books I’m recording until they’re available, but I was just too excited about this one not to share. Like “Abraham Lincoln, A Life.” Speaking of which, it came out March 30 and has sold nearly 100 copies, which is remarkable for a 33 hour long audiobook!

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  1. Susan Quinn Member
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    How exciting! It’s great news, Doug.

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  2. Sisyphus Member
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    Say something when It’s released, I’d like a listen. 

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  3. KCK Member
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    Congratulations! What’s the title of your Second Great Awakening book?

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  4. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    KCK (View Comment):

    Congratulations! What’s the title of your Second Great Awakening book?

    It’s called Smitten: Sex, Gender and the Contest for Souls in the Second Great Awakening, by Rodney Hessinger. Lots of stuff I didn’t know about the Shakers, the Oneida Community, and the Mormons. I studied Comparative Religion in college but it was mostly focused on Islam and Hinduism. I’m just finishing the post-production work, so it will take two or three weeks for the publisher to review before it’s released, but I’ll announce it here and offer free review copies. 

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  5. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    Say something when It’s released, I’d like a listen.

    I’ll be sure to send you a promo code.

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  6. Michael S. Malone Member
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    Congratulations!  Having recorded one of my books — and damn near killed myself — I have nothing  but awe for what you do.  

    The Second Great Awakening is a great subject.  A lot of really odd and compelling characters. . .

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  7. Chowderhead Coolidge
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    I just finished, “Abraham Lincoln, A Life”. Obviously with a 33 hour book there are a lot of things I just didn’t know. Everyone knows how it ends but getting there had a lot of surprises. I don’t want to give things away but what was your opinion on how Mary was portrayed? Was she really that high maintenance or did Lincoln, or the author just not like her? …rolling around on the White House floor in a tantrum. I haven’t heard appalling first-lady behavior like that since Hilary Clinton. Well, and then Michelle Obama. Okay, it’s not that uncommon.

    Enjoy your new title!

     

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  8. Richard Easton Coolidge
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    Congratulations! The Second Great Awakening was an interesting time. I worked about 25 years ago on a thesis about the Millerites. The Great Comet of 1843 appeared to support Miller’s thesis that the end was nigh. Alas, one thing has continued to follow another.

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  9. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Chowderhead (View Comment):

    I just finished, “Abraham Lincoln, A Life”. Obviously with a 33 hour book there are a lot of things I just didn’t know. Everyone knows how it ends but getting there had a lot of surprises. I don’t want to give things away but what was your opinion on how Mary was portrayed? Was she really that high maintenance or did Lincoln, or the author just not like her? …rolling around on the White House floor in a tantrum. I haven’t heard appalling first-lady behavior like that since Hilary Clinton. Well, and then Michelle Obama. Okay, it’s not that uncommon.

    Enjoy your new title!

     

    Burlingame used some new sources, especially the letters of Lincoln’s two personal secretaries. I think we can take his portrayal of Mary as accurate. 

    Look in the dictionary under “piece of work,” and the first picture is Mary Todd Lincoln. There’s good evidence that she rifled Abe’s desk and sold state secrets to newspapers. She thought nothing of humiliating her husband in public. I am in awe of Abe’s character. 

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  10. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    From the Introduction to Eisenhower For Our Time:

    As his presidency came to an end, Eisenhower seemed cognizant of the fact that his hidden-hand leadership style had given many Americans the impression that he had presided over an eight-year period during which little of consequence had taken place. Reflecting on the relative peace and prosperity of the 1950s he said, with a hint of bitterness, “People ask how it happened—by God, it didn’t just happen, I’ll tell you that.” Most historians no longer doubt this.

    Wagner, Steven. Eisenhower for Our Time (People for Our Time) (p. 13). Cornell University Press. Kindle Edition.

    I am going to love recording this book!

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  11. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Michael S. Malone (View Comment):

    Congratulations! Having recorded one of my books — and damn near killed myself — I have nothing but awe for what you do.

    The Second Great Awakening is a great subject. A lot of really odd and compelling characters. . .

    I’d be honored to audition for any of your books where you think I would be a good fit. 

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  12. Michael S. Malone Member
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    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Michael S. Malone (View Comment):

    Congratulations! Having recorded one of my books — and damn near killed myself — I have nothing but awe for what you do.

    The Second Great Awakening is a great subject. A lot of really odd and compelling characters. . .

    I’d be honored to audition for any of your books where you think I would be a good fit.

    DEAL.

    MM

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  13. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Michael S. Malone (View Comment):

    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Michael S. Malone (View Comment):

    Congratulations! Having recorded one of my books — and damn near killed myself — I have nothing but awe for what you do.

    The Second Great Awakening is a great subject. A lot of really odd and compelling characters. . .

    I’d be honored to audition for any of your books where you think I would be a good fit.

    DEAL.

    MM

    My email address is dad@pratt-hobbies.com, or I’ll respond promptly to a message here. Glad to discuss at your convenience.

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  14. TeamAmerica Member
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    Two Eisenhower anecdotes- about ten years ago I worked for a gentleman who emigrated to America in the 1950s when he was in his twenties, and he told me that an aunt of his was having difficulty crossing a busy street in northern Ireland during WWII (likely due to many American troops bivouacked there). A car suddenly stopped and Eisenhower stepped out and helped her across the street. I imagine that besides an act of kindness, his purpose was to remind American GIs that they were guests in Britain, and to behave accordingly.

    My dad was ferrying men and war material across an inlet in Bizzerte, Tunisia during the war, when suddenly a jeep rolled up and out stepped General Eisenhower. When my dad and the other soldiers saluted, Eisenhower shook his head and offered to shake hands with them, presumably to show he valued them as people.

    So I’ve long been an admirer of him.

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