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Book Club is Back!

Announcing the first three books of the year.

Dear members, 

After an extended holiday break, The Dispatch Book Club—for members only—is back with a brand new batch of books. Over the next three months, we’ll read about the Roaring ‘20s—the 1920s that is, not our current times (we all read enough about that already). 

I am very excited to announce the books we’ll be reading in this next batch, and I can tell you now that we already have interviews lined up with several of the authors. 

We are publishing all three member discussion pages now, so please feel free to jump to any of the three books and leave questions and comments in the comments section. 

Without further ado, let’s get to the schedule.


By Adam Hochschild

“In American Midnight, award-winning historian Adam Hochschild brings alive the horrifying yet inspiring four years following the U.S. entry into the First World War, spotlighting forgotten repression while celebrating an unforgettable set of Americans who strove to fix their fractured country—and showing how their struggles still guide us today.” (HarperCollins Publishers)

The discussion page can be found here.

The podcast is scheduled to be released on February 25.


By David Pietrusza

“Award-winning historian David Pietrusza’s riveting new work presents a dazzling panorama of presidential personalities, ambitions, plots, and counterplots—a picture of modern America at the crossroads.” (Basic Books)

The discussion page can be found here.

The podcast is scheduled to be released on March 25.


By Bill Bryson

“The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin ‘Shipwreck’ Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging. The first true ‘talking picture,’ Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, was filmed, forever changing the motion picture industry. One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.” (Penguin Random House)

The discussion page can be found here.

Stay tuned for the podcast release date. 


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Sarah Isgur is a senior editor at The Dispatch and is based in northern Virginia. Prior to joining the company in 2019, she had worked in every branch of the federal government and on three presidential campaigns. When Sarah is not hosting podcasts or writing newsletters, she’s probably sending uplifting stories about spiders to Jonah, who only pretends to love all animals.