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Neil Evans

I'm sure you could do a great job on the fall of the Ottoman Empire. 'Istanbul' by Bethany Hughes is a brilliant read. On the Roman Empire, anything by Mary Beard is invaluable.


I don't know whether it is available in Audible, but I read through Stephen Kinzer's "Blood of Brothers" on the Nicaraguan Revolution. It's basically the definitive account of it. Of course some of the people involved at the time also wrote stuff, but e.g. Sergio Ramirez' (Ortega's first VP) account is blatantly self-serving ad more an attempt at literature than historiography.

Kinzer knows Nicaragua and he's been there before the Revolution and during the civil war. If you ever do the Nicaraguan Revolution, this is the book where you should start research.


It's kind out of the scope of this podcast, but I would like to recommend the book Panzer Commander by Col Hans von Luck. It is the autobiography of Hans von Luck who joined the German military before Hitler came to power in the 1930's.
Of course, Hitler did come to power, causing Luck to, no joke, fight in the invasion of Poland, invasion of France, Invasion of Russia, Retreat from Moscow, Fall of North Africa, D-Day, the Falaise Pocket, the Battle of the Bulge, and some of the last battles on the Eastern Front, where he was captured and, well, let's just say that his capture was when his fight for survival really began. The man was a personal friend of Erwin Rommel, and fought in just about every major engagement of WWII. I can't recommend this WWII classic enough.


Hi Mike, I'm loving Revolutions, I just started it earlier in the week, I was a huge fan of THOR.

I would like to recommend two books:

Empire of Cotton, by Sven Beckert - Beckert examines the ways in which cotton as a commodity became integral to the formation of European colonial empires from the beginning of the colonial period to its end, with a focus on the British Empire in particular.

The Military Revolution, by Geoffrey Parker - Parker is one of the leaading authorities on the revolution in military technology and logistics, etc. This book builds upon previous scholarship, examining developments in siege and naval warfare in addition to developments in militaries already examined by previous scholarship. Its surprisingly easy to read and understand.


Could you put up links for your advertisers? It helps us support you. On other notes, have you read the works of Brigadier General Vincent J Esposito? His book on Napoleon is a favorite, but he has a lot of other good material.

When I heard you mention Eugen Weber, I hoped for a recording of you saying bourgeoisie.


"The History of Mike Duncan: Part I" (currently unpublished)

Would be great for the extra nerdy of us out here. Could cover many fascinating things, like the ideas a little Mike used to think of about the world or history, his school/college years, the efforts to start THoR and see it through to the end, and of course, all the familial intrigue that goes with any great story.

Seems to me that just getting THoR done must of had many ups and downs and racing for deadlines. Would be great motivation or inspiration for others to know about these types of things.

Keep on keep'n on with all the fantastic work Mike. It is greatly appreciated.

Cheers from Canada :)

p.s. Noticed the age of most of the other posts so I still hope this is relevant. If so then here is a counter idea that could be explored in Revolutions... We are taught in school here that Canada is the only modern industrialized nation to not have a revolution or civil war directly linked to it's founding... why is that and how did we bypass that step?


American Ulysses by Ronald White then followed by Grant’s Autobiography is a really good combo read because of White’s chapter on Grant’s writing of his biography.


Hi I just found your site from Reddit. Someone said "It starts with the English Revolution, followed by the American Revolution, then the French Revolution, and onto others"

Can you add a page with links breaking them down into each section? e.g. I want American Revolution but don't know which month/year it started

sunil schauffler

You mentioned a fantasy or sci-fi book in the 250th questions episode. I can't remember what it was or who wrote it. Please help me out.

Dave M

Homo Deus: A Brief History Of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

It is NOT history (at least not they Revolutions is history) but it is an interesting science-based perspective on how our species moved from waiting for other animals to finish their prey and then sneaking in to crack the marrow out of the bones to being the dominant species on the planet. A history of a sort.

I think it provides a valuable perspective on WHY we act the way we do which has implications for history.

Govt Exams Dunia

I'm a big fan of "A Place of Greater Safety"


A wicked company by Philipp Blom, a great book about the radical Enlightenment (and a lot of wine).
Fantastic podcast, carry on!


Where did the maps from the history of Rome go?

Also, if you haven't listened to [Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari](


[Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari] (

You should!

Rob Lanham

Democracy Hacked by Martin Moore
Just published and great discussion on democracy in the age of twitter/facebook etc.
Fascinating listen and compliments Out of The Mountians (Kilcullen) and Click Here To Kill Everybody (Schneier).
As we’ve seen over the last decade, political and technology/communication revolutions are increasingly entwined.
Very thought provoking on how democracy develops/adjusts and asks some had questions!


Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari.
He talks about the ideological and technological drivers of social political change and speculate how current technological trend will impact social political order


African Kaiser: General Paul Von Lettow Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918. Easily the most interesting book I've ever read, mostly a biography but with amole context and description of the history and surrounding events. Written in a style that properly matches the end of adventerous era of colonialism and the changing modern ways of war.


Could we have a recap of Mike's Audible suggestions? I recall there was one regarding Pancho Villa but the reviews for Audible books I saw at the site didn't sound good (maybe it was just because of Spanish pronunciation).

Anonymous Comrade

Pleased to recommend "A People's History of the World" by Chris Harman read by Napoleon Ryan on Audible. It's split up into 60 chapters, of varying but podcast listener friendly lengths.


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I don't see many recommendations here on the Arab or Islamic worlds, so here it goes:

- "The Arabs: A History", by Eugene Rogan, covers the political history of the Arabic-speaking lands from the Ottoman conquests of 1517 up to the present day. Plenty of big revolutions and anti-colonial rebellions covered. Rogan is a first rate academic but the writing style is not academic at all so it's as listenable as the best history podcast. Guaranteed enjoyment for any Mike Duncan fan. (In fact would love to hear Mike's thoughts on it if he ever reads it!)

- Rogan's book is a bit thin on intellectual history, though, so a good corrective would be Albert Hourani's "History of the Arab Peoples", which covers social and intellectual history from the 7th century to the 20th. (There's also his "Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age", which you can read for free on but is not available as an audio book.)


"Brothers" - David Talbot, about the RFK's search for the murderers of JFK. Has an excellent opening anecdote from the Roman Empire days.

"JFK and the Unspeakable" - by James Douglas, a book that was recommended by RFK, Jr in a rare comment by the Kennedy family about the assassination. Also recommended by virtually all investigators and scholars of that epochal event in USA history. Quite extraordinary.


I highly recommend Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom. This is the story of one of China's civil wars (the Taiping Rebellion), which coincided with the US civil war. This story is so wacky that if it was fictional one would call it too absurd to be enjoyable. What is sad is that this war is ranked 4th in casualties.


There was a book that Mike Duncan recommended, I think it was during an interview, that I am trying to find. Here is what I remember:
It was on
The regular price was around $48
It had a picture of a Knight riding a horse on it ( I think )

That's all I can remember. Does this ring a bell with anyone?


The End of Tsarist Russia:The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven.
One of the best books I've read on the general situation in Europe pre-WW1, especially covering the around 1880-1905. The first part sets the stage, then the rest of the book goes deep into Imperial politics, Austro-Hungarian machinations against Russia, the Balkans, Serbian politics, Ukraine, e.t.c.

Thomas Lipping

American Nations by Colin Woodard. Was recommended to me by our "cultural assimilation" consultant when we moved to the U.S. from Australia for work in 2014. Divides North America in to 11 different cultural regions based upon the groups who live there or migrated there over the period of colonisation and expansion. Goes beyond the red state / blue state divide and explains the part played by these culturally different regions in the changes and conflicts in the development of North America - at least up until the pre-Trump era.

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