Imperfect Union, the latest book by Steve Inskeep, recounts the adventures of an ambitious American couple before the Civil War. The San Francisco Chronicle says that in tracing their “messy, flawed lives, Imperfect Union enriches our understanding of the messy, flawed nation they helped create.” The Minneapolis Star-Tribune calls the book “vibrant and propulsive… reminiscent of work by Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham,” while the Boston Globe reviewer says: “Steve Inskeep has performed a great service—to the Frémonts, and to history (Boston Globe).”

Inskeep a cohost of NPR’s Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the United States. He also co-hosts Up First, among the nation’s most popular podcasts.