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NPR Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep Touts His New Book

The cover of Steve Inkeep's book, "Imperfect Union," in this undated photo.
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The cover of Steve Inkeep's book, "Imperfect Union," in this undated photo.
”Imperfect Union, how Jessie and John Fremont mapped the west, invented celebrity and helped cause the Civil War” is the title of NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep's new book. Along with fascinating stories about the settlement of the west, Inskeep talks about parallels between what was happening then, and now.

He's more than just the co-host of NPR's Morning Edition. Steve Inskeep is also an author out with a new book.

Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Frémont mapped the west, invented celebrity and helped cause the Civil War” tells the story of how the husband and wife team mythologized John Frémont's exploits in the American frontier.

Inskeep also reveals why some called John Frémont a fraud and why he and his wife were accused of helping to start the Civil War.

Inskeep also talks about why John Frémont's role in the forming of the state of California.

He joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to talk about a complex and fascinating tale.