Finneran's Wake
Finneran's Wake
Oct 2, 2023
Road Trips, Twizzlers, The Civil War & College Football | John Banks
Play • 1 hr 16 min

John Banks is an author, editor, a journalist, and a Civil War aficionado. 

His latest book, A Civil War Road Trip of a Lifetime is now available for purchase! 

The book is a really fun travelogue-cum-history that you’ll definitely want to add to your shelf. 

In this wide-ranging episode, John and I discuss: 

Being an aficionado v. being an academic; Ernest Hemingway; American Literature; Journalism; History; Writing books; Strategies to improve sleep; Road-tripping; How to fuel up for a road trip; Songs to listen to during a long drive; The Civil War; Obscure battles that we ought to know more about; Some Great Generals; Battlefield relics; Rebels and Yankees; A bunch of hypotheticals; College Football; West Virginia Mountaineers; Alabama Crimson Tide; JFK assassination theories; Lee Harvey Oswald…

And MUCH more! 

Links to John’s stuff: 

Purchase his book here:




Links to my stuff: 

Check out my Instagram page for shorts from this and prior episodes: @danielethanfinneran

Twitter: @DanielEFinneran


Email me at

My sister project, PNEUMA, on which I put out sleep stories, meditations, mindfulness content: Youtube @pneumabydanielfinneran

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