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The Rail Splitter reviewed in American Essence Magazine, May 2023

Review by Deena Bouknight

"Not since Carl Sandburg's 1926 Abe Lincoln Grows Up has a book so enthrallingly captured Lincoln's mundane upbringing."

Interview on The National Security Hour, 5/5/23

America Out Loud Network

John joins Dr. Michael Scheuer and Colonel Mike to talk about The Rail Splitter.

The Rail Splitter reviewed by Library Bookwatch, April 2023

Midwest Book Review

"Historical biographic fiction at its very best... A riveting read from start to finish."

John Cribb interviews on Success Made to Last podcast, 3/30/23

Interview by Rick Tocquigny and Tim Moore

The Rail Splitter "brings Abe alive unlike any other narrative."

Interview with Erich J. Prince, 3/18/23

Merion West

John joins Merion West editor-in-chief emeritus Erich Prince to discuss The Rail Splitter and Old Abe.

John Cribb featured in the Orangeburg Times and Democrat, 3/11/23

Article by Dionne Gleaton

"Sharing Stories: Authors talk how books inspire them"

Interview with Bill Bennett, 3/6/23

The Bill Bennett Show

John joins Bill to talk about The Rail Splitter and Lincoln.

Interview on "Church and Culture," 2/25/23

Ave Maria Radio Network

Deal Hudson interviews John about Abraham Lincoln and The Rail Splitter

Interview on C-SPAN, 2/20/23

C-SPAN's Washington Journal

Pedro Echevarria interviews John about The Rail Splitter, Lincoln, and what Americans can learn from him today.

Op Ed: "Lincoln's Advice for Success Still Rings True Today," 2/20/23

John's op ed featured on

Abraham Lincoln's rise from a log cabin to the White House has inspired generations of Americans. Here, from our 16th president, are tips about some virtues and ideals that lead to success in life.

Interview on Nightside with Dan Rea, 2/20/23

Nightside with Dan Rea Show

Dan talks with John about The Rail SplitterOld Abe, and honoring Abraham Lincoln.

Interview with Rich Valdes, 2/20/23

Rich Valdes America at Night

Rich and John talk about Lincoln and The Rail Splitter. Interview begins at 1:34:00

Interview on the Drew Mariani Show, 2/20/23

The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio

John joins Drew Mariani to discuss who Abe Lincoln was prior to the presidency. Interview begins at 29:00.

Interview with Mike Stenhouse, 2/20/23

In the Dugout with Mike Stenhouse

Mike and John talk about Lincoln and why he should be honored today. Interview begins at 36:45.

John Cribb featured on The Buff Show, 2/16/23

The Buff Show Podcast with Matt Buff

Matt interviews John about Lincoln and The Rail Splitter

John Cribb featured on Ed Martin's Pro America Report, 2/16/23

Ed Martin's Pro America Report

Ed talks with John about The Rail Splitter, President's Day, and how Lincoln was an ordinary American who stepped up to duty when greatness was thrust upon him.

John Cribb on Keen On Podcast, 2/12/23

Keen On Podcast with Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen talks to John about distinguishing between fact and fiction in Abraham Lincoln's unbelievable life and what all Americans can learn from the great man today.

Op Ed: "What Lincoln Would Tell American Students About Learning," 2/11/23

John's Op Ed featured on Real Clear Politics

Dear Young People,

Presidents Day has come around again, so it’s a good time to take up my pen and scratch out a letter to you.

John Cribb interviewed on the John Howell Show, 2/10/23

WLS Radio, Chicago

John Howell talks with John about Lincoln's life and legacy. Interview starts at 15:00.

NTD Good Morning features The Rail Splitter, 2/10/23

Evelyn Li interviews John about The Rail Splitter

Lincoln's Life in New Book 'Rail Splitter' Lauding the President 'a Model of Perseverance'

Interview on the Seth Leibsohn Show, 2/9/23

The Seth Leibsohn Show on 960 The Patriot, Phoenix, Arizona

Seth interviews John about The Rail Splitter and Abraham Lincoln

The Rail Splitter featured in the Hartwell Sun, 2/9/23

Article by Dawson Baker in the Hartwell Sun

"I love Lincoln. I want people to know him and hopefully love him as I do."

The Core Virtues Foundation recommends The Rail Splitter, February 2023

Review by Mary Beth Klee for the Core Virtues Foundation

"Carl Sandburg has a competitor in his contemporary embodiment, John Cribb."

The Rail Splitter featured in the Athens News Courier, 2/9/23

Article by Tom Mayer in the Athens News Courier

"Cribb tells the story of Abraham Lincoln as if talking about an old friend he has known since childhood."

The Rail Splitter reviewed Historical Novel Society, February 2023

Review by K.M. Sandrick

"Readers find in The Rail Splitter the heart of the 16th U.S. President and the country that shaped him."

The Rail Splitter reviewed by The Manhattan Book Review, January 2023

Review by Jo Niederhoff

"Cribb brings young Abe to life with all his humanizing quirks and doubts."

John Cribb on the Brian Kilmeade Show 1/30/23

Brian talks with John about The Rail Splitter

Conversation with John begins at 18:25.

John Cribb featured in Tailgates & Typewriters Blog 1/28/23

Article by Mandy Catoe

Mandy Catoe writes about John, The Rail Splitter, and Old Abe.

John Cribb featured on Ed Martin's Pro America Report 1/25/23

John Cribb

featured on Ed Martin's Pro America Report

John joins host Ed Martin to talk about his new novel, The Rail Splitter.

John Cribb featured WSPA TV's Your Carolina 1/18/23

John Cribb

featured on WSPA TV's Your Carolina

John joins host Jack Roper and Jamarcus Jackson to talk about the launch of The Rail Splitter

The Rail Splitter reviewed by Forward Reviews

Review by Joseph F. Pete.

"John Cribb's sweeping historical novel The Rail Splitter covers Abraham Lincoln's early days, charting his path from a rough-hewn log cabin to the White House."

John Cribb featured on Ed Martin's Pro America Report  1/11/23

John Cribb

featured on Ed Martin's Pro America Report

John joins host Ed Martin to talk about his new novel, The Rail Splitter

John Cribb featured on Fox News Opinion 2/21/22

John Cribb

featured on Fox News Opinion

John Cribb's article "What Abraham Lincoln would tell America's kids today" featured on Fox News Opinion.

John Cribb featured on Ed Martin's Pro America Report 2/18/22

John Cribb

featured on Ed Martin's Pro America Report

John Cribb joins host Ed Martin to talk about Lincoln, Old Abe, and President's Day.

John Cribb on the Mornings with Gail Fallon Show on 1310 KFKA Colorado 11/18/21

John Cribb

featured on the Mornings with Gail Fallon Show

“Mornings with Gail” is hosted by longtime radio vet Gail Fallen, who gets you up and moving each weekday with the latest news, sports, weather ad commentary.

John Cribb on on the Gettysburg Address 11/19/21

John Cribb's Op Ed Featured at Fox News

Abraham Lincoln got one thing very wrong on Nov. 19, 1863, while dedicating a new military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, when he said the world "will little note, nor long remember what we say here." 

John Cribb featured on Ed Martin's Pro America Report 11/12/21

John Cribb featured on Ed Martin's Pro America Report

Ed Martin is the New York Times best-selling author of the The Conservative Case for Trump. He’s a former CNN political contributor and has appeared on every major TV network and hundreds of radio stations. 

John Cribb featured on the First Things Podcast 11/4/21

John Cribb featured on The First Things Podcast

First Things is published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and educational 501(c)(3) organization.

John Cribb featured on SC ETV

John Cribb featured on "By the River" with Holly Jackson

John Cribb is interviewed on SC ETV's "By the River" with Holly Jackson. See the full interview below.

John Cribb on Real Clear Politics: "Lincoln and Ford: July Forth Should Bring Us Together"

John Cribb's article featured on realclearpolitics


In five years, on July 4, 2026, Americans will observe the 250th anniversary of our nation’s founding, a milestone that carries a somewhat awkward name: the semiquincentennial.

John Cribb on USA Today: Lincoln deserves our gratitude, not the label 'racist'

John Cribb's article featured on

Lincoln used the occasion to offer his thoughts about making the nation whole. Half-way into the speech, he touched on suffrage for Black people, saying, “I would myself prefer that it were now conferred on the very intelligent, and on those who serve our cause as soldiers.”

Old Abe Picked As A 2020 Finalist for Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award in Historical Fiction

Old Abe selected as a finalist at forewordreviews


More than 2,000 entries spread across 55 genres were submitted for consideration. The Finalists were determined by Foreword's editorial team. Winners are now being decided by teams of librarian and bookseller judges from across the country.

John Cribb: Is President's Day next on cancel culture's hitlist?


John Cribb's Op ed featured on Fox News

Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12, kicks off this year's President's Day weekend. It comes at a time when Lincoln and other American icons are under attack.

What would Abraham Lincoln think of impeachment? | Commentary


John Cribb's Op ed featured on Orlando Sentinel

Abraham Lincoln was born 212 years ago this week, on Feb. 12 1809, and it is tempting in these divided times to wonder what he would think about events now taking place in Washington, D.C., and their effects on national unity, a subject always on Old Abe's mind.

John Cribb: How can Biden unite America? Renew Abraham Lincoln's call to 'bind up the nation's wounds'


John Cribb's Op ed featured on Fox News

When former Vice President Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, he would be wise to quote the words of President Abraham Lincoln's inaugural addresses of 1861 and 1865.

Lincoln at Gettysburg


John Cribb featured in USA Today Magazine's November 2020 Issue

“[The President] got up and stepped to a window. The square was a mass of bodies whooping and singing by torchlight. ‘Hurrah for Old Abe!’ ‘God save the Union!’ A good many of them had sons, brothers, or husbands who had died here four and a half months before. Now, they had come to mourn and find purpose."

Against All Odds, Lincoln Won Reelection in 1862: Could Trump Do the Same?


John Cribb's Op ed featured on USA Today's Website

“Mr. Lincoln is already beaten. He cannot be elected. And we must have another ticket to save us from utter overthrow.”

Trump has more in common with Lincoln than you might think

The Hill

John Cribb's Op Ed featured on The Hill's Website

This summer’s Republican National Convention was full of references to Abraham Lincoln, which is no surprise, given that Donald Trump likes to compare himself to the 16th president.

Lincoln's Message For Trump - And Us


Article featuring

Old Abe by Michael Cozzi

John Cribb’s forthcoming work, "Old Abe: A Novel," lets the reader be center stage in the life of one of America’s most prominent presidents through the last five years of his life during the Civil War.

Book Touts Character, Leadership of 'Old Abe'

Macon County News

Article featuring

Old Abe by Deena C. Bouknight

While countless books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln, who came from a humble beginning, steered the country through a devastating Civil War, and then lost his life at age 56 to an assassin’s bullet, Cribb wanted to focus on Lincoln’s unexpected entrance into the highest position in the nation, as well as his character. 

Lincoln, Douglass, and the Great Task Before Us

Real Clear Politics

Commentary by

John Cribb

Of all the historic meetings that have taken place in the White House, surely one of the most significant came 157 years ago in August 1863, during the Civil War, when the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass sat down with Abraham Lincoln in the president’s office.

Additional News:

John Cribb on the Pro-America Report with Ed Martin 8/5/21

Legacy of President Lincoln on The Drew Mariani Show 7/1/21

John Cribb's Article Featured on Fox News Opinion 5/27/21

John Cribb on Humanity Chats with Marjy 4/29/21

John Cribb on The Pro America Report with Ed Martin 4/20/21

Interview on the Lars Larson Show on 4/15/21

John Cribb on Breaking it Down with Frank MacKay

John Cribb featured on CBN "Petty Cancel Culture: Facebook Didn't Approve Ads..." 3/30/21

"Abe Lincoln Shot Down Again" by Ron Charles, Washington Post "Book Club" Newsletter 2/26/21

Radio Interview with Drew Mariani on the Drew Mariani Show | Relevant Radio 2/25/21

John Cribb Featured on Fox and Friends First 2/17/21

John Cribb Featured on Fox and Friends First 2/17/21

John Cribb Featured on Newsmax's National Report 2/16/21

Madison's Notes Podcast "Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Conversation with John Cribb

Radio Interview with Ed Martin, guest host of the Andrea Kaye Show 96.1 FM San Diego 2/10

Interview with Ray Bassett on the Scenic Roots radio show WUTC Chattanooga, TN 2/3

John Cribb on the Bill Bunkley Radio Show in Tampa, FL 2/3

Interview on Newsmax's Wake Up America Show 2/1

John Cribb on the Brian Kilmeade radio show 1/29

Radio interview with Jeff Angelo in Des Moines 1/29

John Cribb on the Honest Offense Podcast with Eric Cervone 1/28

John Cribb's TV Interview with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News

Fox & Friends

John Cribb's Op Ed on Real Clear Politics 1/27

John Cribb on the Seth Leibsohn

Show 1/27

Interview with Brandon Vogt

of KKOB News Radio in Albuquerque, NM on 1/26

Interview with Ray Bassett for "Scenic Roots" on WUTC, Chattanooga, TN 1/25

John Cribb on the Jim Bohannon Show 1/20 - beginning at 49mins

Interview with Jeff Angelo on WHO in Des Moines

Radio Interview with John Reid on KRVA, Richmond Mornings News.

Interview on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio

NTD News Segment Featuring

John Cribb and Old Abe

John Cribb on True Story--TheFirstTV - beginning at 36:30

John Cribb on C-Span's

Washington Journal

John Cribb Interview on America is Talking - beginning at 16:10

Radio Interview on the Seth Leibsohn Show on 960 The Patriot in Phoenix, Arizona

John Cribb's Op Ed on the 

Charleston Post and Courier


Interview on the Brian Kilmead radio show - segment begins at 1:36:00

Life, Liberty & Levin

Mark Levin discussing John Cribb's Op Eds on Fox News TV

Isothermal Community College

Walter Dalton, President interviews John Cribb on Old Abe

Friday Feature with Paul Foster - The Best Story about Abraham Lincoln in Years

The Mark Levin Show, October 16, 2020 Discussing John Cribb's Op Ed

Pro America Report with Ed Martin, October 26, 2020 Discussing Old Abe

Hub City Writers Project Virtual Cocktail Party

Virtual Author Chat with Carmel Clay Public Library

Review from The Civil War Monitor

BCPL Unstacked Podcast - Author Talk 2: Unwind with John Cribb

Thoughts from a Page Podcast

The Bill Bennett Show

Podcast - "Trump, Lincoln, and Remembering 9/11"

The Seth Leibsohn Show

Radio Interview

Author Chat with the West Davidson Public Library

Press Materials
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