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Habib Fanny

I'd like to recommend The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Brian Mackenwells

I’d like to SUPER-recommend “The Measure of All Things” by Ken Alder -

It’s the story of two groups of scientists who set out together to define a universal set of measures – specifically, the metre. They decide that the metre will be one millionth of the distance between the equator and the North pole, so they need to measure the curvature of the Earth very accurately. The king of France gives them his blessing, and they set off – except then the French revolution happens, and wandering around the French countryside with surveying equipment and a letter from the King becomes a much thornier prospect. The project was only supposed to take a few months, but it ends up taking YEARS. The book does a brilliant job of tracking the adventures, and misadventures, behind the measurement of the humble metre – each group almost dies a number of times, and one of the lead scientists makes an error early on that ends up driving him mad.

This book does that wonderful thing that well-written history books do – I now look at a common piece of our world with new eyes. And now I get genuinely excited when I see old metre sticks in museums.


Patriots by David Drake. Sci Fi novel based on Ethen Allen and Benedict Arnold capturing Fort Ticonderoga


Since this is the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, I thought I'd put in a rec for James McPherson's superb Battle Cry of Freedom. In my opinion it is still the best one-volume history of the ACW, a war which is arguably as revolutionary as the American Rev itself. That being said, Audible split it into 2 volumes of about 20 hrs each since the book thoroughly covers not just the actual war but the long build-up of political tensions that led to it. A fascinating read and hands-down one of my favorite history books.

David Amble

In episode 3.37, you mention that there was nothing happening on the borders with Germany and Belgium that would cause enough worry to the French center (Paris) to warrant the climax of the Reign of Terror under Robespierre. What was left out of the discussion was the naval engagements in the Bay of Biscay (namely the engagement on the 1st of June. Though the result was effectively (sp?) a draw, the French Fleet withdrew to port, allowing the Royal Navy establish a blockade of French ports. The grain fleet from the US was able to make it into port, but the blockade may have prevented further large amounts of food stores to be imported to France. Could this have caused some worry among the French, and did it have any affect on the direction of revolutionary fervor in Paris?

Rob Sherwood

I am listening to "How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair" on audible. So far a lot of fun! Your brief thumbnail sketch was intriguing, so I was delighted to find a more thorough analysis available.

Taylor Elwood

Love the podcast! Here is a great historical fiction that takes place during the French Revolution, it even has guest appearances from several familiar faces!

Scaramouche: A Romance of the French Revolution by Rafael Sabatini

Leah Griffiths

I would like to recommend the book The Short Victorious War, by David Weber. It is the third book in the Honor Harrington series, which is modeled on the Horatio Hornblower books (in spaaaace), with the Star Kingdom of Manticore being Britain and the Republic of Haven as France. This particular book focuses more on the brewing revolution inside Haven, led by one Robert S. Pierre. The series as a whole is really good, and I highly recommend it.

Richard Jacobson

I am working through the History of Rome series (rec'd by my son), enjoying it immensely, and I am looking forward to listening to the other series.

I haven't heard in your Audible recommendations whether you mentioned Julian by Gore Vidal. It is one of my favorite books by a favorite author. He gives Julian the "I, Claudius" treatment (and he fully acknowledges the debt to Robert Graves.)

Stephen Jones

For something of a neo-Burkean view of the French Revolution, Simon Schama's 'Citizens' is now available at Audible. Not exactly my viewpoint, but definitely worth a listen. Enjoying the podcast. Looking forward to the Haitian Revolution.


Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose is very good.


I just wanted to add to the recommendation list the most detailed narrative history I'd ever experienced - until, possibly, Revolutions got to France in 1792. That's "The Civil War: A Narrative," by Shelby Foote. It's not a Civil War primer - come with your strong preconceived understanding, and stack it up against an exhausting account of basically everything that happened from Sumter to Appomattox. I pulled it off my uncle's mantle when I was a tween, and it created my love of deep-dive history.

The audio book runs ~130 hours, so while the buck is pretty up there, you get a lot of bang. Especially with a trial membership, and a /revolutions discount.


If you love history, listen to the Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden. I don't think Mr. Revolutions will get to it, but if you enjoyed the Wrath of the Khans by Dan Carlin (who am I kidding, you guys love Dan Carlin as much as Mike Duncan) then pick up Conn Iggulden's Genghis Khan epic. The true rags to riches story of an abandoned young heir to a dead chieftain, to conquering China. The family of the boy born Temujin is a great listen.

Jacob Bains

Marie Arana, "Bolivar: American Liberator"😉


Highly recommend "Brazil" by Errol Lincoln Uys given where you are in the geography of Revolutions. Michner-esque tale of the largest country in South America.

-Jeff in Minneapolis


I love the podcast
History of Rome as well

This is a great read about Thomas Paine.

Danny Gaskell

Mans Worldly Goods by Leo Huberman

Basically a look at how he thinks the development of society was largely shaped and driven by trade and how this first really got underway with the movement from feudalism to capitalism and communism. However this does not read like your normal, dry economic theory text. It's done in an interesting and easy to read manner with lots of detail. Overtly left wing text with lots to question but also lots to like.

Joel Olmsted, age 12

This has nothing to do with revolutions, but, The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


How about "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn?
Just saw it on reference page of my paper written by

Listeted for a couple of minutes and thought it would be worth of reading rather that listening.


For the precursor to the Stuarts story told on this podcast, Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant is amazing and better than fiction. For history in general, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson.

Helen Rietz

Just finished THOR and decided you are the best pod caster out there. Now beginning Revolutions and so glad you are back in my ear. I am a painter of The Disappearing West -- the ghost towns, historical sites, ranches, old wheels, and icons of the American West, so history is my passion in any form. Hope you keep going forever.

Milum Richardson

I would highly recommend the book Napoleon: A Life, by Andrew Roberts, if it hasn't already been recommended. Andrew Roberts is a brilliant historian and and story-teller, and the result is 800 pages of glory. It is both a highly detailed and entertaining account of one of my most favorite historical characters, and I cannot endorse it enough.


American Uprising by Daniel Rasmussen

Inspired by the Haitian Revolution, slaves on sugar cane plantations around New Orleans revolted against their masters and marched to conquer the city. For almost 200 years, America's largest slave revolt was consigned to the dustbin of history, until now.


Washington's Farewell by John Avlon

George Washington's Farewell Address was a warning to future generations about the forces he feared could destroy our democracy: hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars. The author offers a stunning portrait of our first president and his battle to save America from self-destruction.


I'm delighted that the series is now covering the French restoration and the July revolution etc on the road to yet another revolution and the birth of the Second Republic.

I highly recommend 'The Perilous Crown' by Munro Price. A very well written history of the period from the restoration to the fall of the July Monarchy.

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