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Cory Robertson

The Story of Civilization by Will Durant. Currently the first two volumes are on Audible, so two credits gets you Volume 1 Our Oriental Heritage (50 hours) and Volume 2 The Life of Greece (32 hours). Both were released recently and I have high hopes that the 11 volume series will all be released in audio book format. The first volume is really good as it names in detail many of the sources of knowledge in the middle east, India, China and Japan. The Paleolithic information in the first 10 hours might not be an accurate state of our current knowledge of prehistory but it starts to get really good once it gets into the written history of the cultures mentioned above.


Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson:

Engagingly read that covers the history of science and the people and personalities that figured out how it all works - with a lot of science too of course.


1812: The Navy's War, by George Daughan. His writing reminds me of David McCullough. I can't comment on the quality of the audiobook version of this, but I think the writing style lends itself really well to narration. The chapter on Napoleon's invasion of Russia is one of my favorite chapters I've read in any book.

Neah L.

No recommendation for now, thanks for choosing mine. Thanks for getting the pronunciation right, Mike, not many people do.


The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789
Written by: Robert Middlekauff

While the name might make it sound like a spin piece, it is a very solid piece of historical work. A great basis of American Revolution knowledge


While only really relevant in the sense of "history worth knowing", I'd recommending King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild. It details the history of the Congo Free State and its exploitation by King Leopold II of Belgium, following the largely untold and horrifying atrocities.

I've not listened to the audiobook, but the book itself is pretty incredible.

Mike Tadenev

Mike, when you get into 1775-76, you might consider recommending Bunker Hill: a City, a Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick. It's a good read that cleared up for me, among other things, the very different colonial era geography of Boston, which is obviously key to the events.

Alistair Chisnall

John Adams by David McCollough - a very detailed look at the life of a giant of the times - is a great listen and available on audible.

Many thanks Mike - another great podcast so far! Keep it up!

Aaron C

For your bridge from the American Revolution to the French Revolution, I can think of nothing better than Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America.

The BEST account of American Democracy ever written. And by a young French aristocrat who believed that democratization was inevitable and was trying to comprehend why democracy seemed to work so much better in America than in France.

I believe that (at least selections of) it should be required reading for high school students here in the states, and I look forward to requiring it of my college students when I teach it again next winter.



Salt by Mark Kurlansky. A fairly odd but interesting blind spot in history. Wars were fought over it and colonies settled around access to it. You'll be surprised by how important a role it has played in history.


Hey Mike!
My Recommendation; The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer.
Very long - but it completley holds your interest till the end and has one of the better narrators. [Grover Gardner]


Carsick by John Waters. Not a history but totally hilarious.

Amir Rosenblatt

I don't know if you are still taking submissions but here are some anyway. I could give you a list the length of my arm. I think something like 2/3 of the books you recommended during the Rome podcasts were already in my library. So, here' sa few to start with:

- The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, by Francis Fukuyama. This is a survey of political development from hunter-gatherer times up until the French Revolution and is meant to set the stage for a second book (not yet published) that covers from the French Revolution to the present. It's a very thoughtful and interesting listen and I highly recommend it.

- Will the Boat Sink the Water: The Life of China's Peasants, by Chen Guidi and Wi Chuntao. From Audible's description: "The Chinese Economic miracle is happening despite, not because of, China's 900 million peasants. They are missing from the portraits of booming Shanghai, or Beijing. Many of China's underclass live under a feudalistic system unchanged since the 15th century. Wu Chuntao and Chen Guidi undertook a three-year survey of what had happened to the peasants in one of the poorest provinces, Anhui, asking the question: have the peasants been betrayed by the revolution undertaken in their name by Mao and his successors?"

- All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, by Stephen Kinzer. Ignore the sensationalism about terror and whatnot in the title - this book is about the lead-up to and execution of the 1953 CIA coup in Iran and its immediate aftermath. Still more relevant for the Revolutions crowd is the details the book provides on the early careers of the men who would be the movers and shakers in the 1979 revolution and after.

- The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran, by Hoomad Majd, makes a nice follow-up to this, looking at contemporary Iranian culture and how it's changed since the revolution. Very eye-opening stuff.

- Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson. While this book is largely about TE Lawrence's life and career, it gets into quite a bit of depth on the back room wrangling that led to the Sykes-Picot agreement and the post-Versailles border-drawing that has been the source of so many problems to this day. It also gives a more personal look at many of the people involved, including both Sykes and Picot.

- Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, by Anne Applebaum, gives a great look at the process of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and the Sovietization of those states from the last year of WW2 on.

- Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten 20th Century, by Tony Judt, is a set of 24 essays dealing with ways in which we are being hurt in the present by how quickly we are forgetting the lessons of the last century. Excellent and very thoughtful material here.

Amir Rosenblatt

OK, a couple more, that are more immediately relevant to where the podcast is at:

- With Musket and Tomahawk (Vol 1 & 2), by Michael Logusz, is an in-depth look at the actual fighting of the Wilderness war during the Revolutionary war. The first book focuses on the Saratoga campaign and the second on the mohawk Valley.

- The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall and the Battle for the Supreme Court, by Cliff Sloan and David McKean is about the continuing federalist/anti-federalist battles after independence and, in particular, the battles over the case of Marbury vs Madison, which firmly established the principle of judicial review in law.

- The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812 , by Troy Bickham, is a great look at the context for, lead-up to and fighting of the war of 1812.


I'm a big fan of "A Place of Greater Safety" by Hillary Mantel. It's a novelists take on the lives of Danton, Desmoulins, and Robespierre and features many other key historical figures. While Mantel uses the characters original words where ever possible, she also creates fully human characters. Reading (or listening) to the book is possibly as close as one can get to life amidst the movers and shakers in Revolutionary France.


CITY OF DARKNESS, CITY OF LIGHT (by Marge Piercy). Best novel about the French Revolution. Ever. No Audible version, alas, but so. so. worth the read!


A couple more recommendations:

The Roma Sub Rosa series, by Steven Saylor, is a set of detective novels written as historical fiction and set in Rome. They cover a period from 92-46 BCE and the protagonist, while not actually a mover and shaker in Rome, is continually caught up in the major events of the Roman state. He's written a couple of other books that, while not technically part of the series, cover an overlapping period of time. He does his homework and the books do a good job of setting the scene. The audiobooks are quite good.

I'd also recommend the History of English podcast. It is as much a history podcast as a linguistics one, if not more so. There is a lot of excellent history presented as well as a lot of explanation of how English has become what it is (and, for people who are into that sort of thing, it's pretty cool).


I'm only halfway through this one at the moment but so far it's been brilliant:

In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World by Tom Holland. (

Covers the rise of Islam, fall of the Sassanid's and decline of the East Roman Empire.


Here's one that I understand much better now that I've listened to the Revolutions podcast -- *The Three Musketeers* (Alexandre Dumas). As you may know, it is set during the time of Louis XIII, but it captures the sense of intrigue at the French court. And one of the characters is none other than George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, at the time when England is involved with the siege at La Rochelle.
The version read by John Lee (for Tantor) is fabulous. (btw, he also does an excellent reading of Dracula.)


This is premature by about a year or so, but for the Russian Revolution section, I highly recommend Dr. Zhivago. The context in which it was published, in the middle of the Cold War and Krushchev's thaw, is just as fascinating as the book itself. Indeed, there's a great book (also available on Aubile) by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée called "The Zhivago Affair," which unpacks the strange circumstances surrounding its publishing, and includes disaffected artists, CIA spies, and Italian scions-turned-communists. Both are definitely worth a read.

Stephen Taylor

Here's a few recent reads that I've enjoyed...

Destiny Disrupted -- A history of the world through Islamic Eyes, Tamim Ansary -- from Mohammed to the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

The Wizard War, R.V. Jones -- An inside look at British Scientific Intelligence 1939-45.

Commander -- Stephen Taylor (not me) -- The life and exploits of Edward Pellew.

Stripping Bare the Body, Mark Danner -- Politics, Violence and War.

Persian Fire -- Tom Holland - Xerxes.

The Thieves Opera, Lucy Moore -- 18th century criminals.

Alicia Cho

A new book - The Marquis by Laura Auricchio. Talks about after his return to France and how he tries to set up his legacy after coming off of his successes in the American Revolution.

Paul Schifferes

The Wages of Destruction, by Adam Tooze, is a really great book on the brutal economics of the Nazi war machine with lots of comparisons to the allied efforts. It's (morbidly) fascinating to see how whole societies are suddenly reshaped around war, and offers insight into the rationales for many seemingly perplexing decisions taken in WW2.

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