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Sailing Alone

Sailing Alone by Richard King

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Sailing Alone: I’d never do it, but here’s a book about it. Quick synopsis: Various stories about people sailing solo (mostly on purpose). Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: In Western culture, solo sailing only becomes a thing during the late 1800s. Fun Fact for History Nerds: Storm petrels are also […]

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Author Adam Higginbotham joins the podcast to talk the Challenger Disaster!

Let’s remember the Challenger! Author Adam Higginbotham joins the podcast to talk his new book Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster at the Edge of Space! I can’t say enough about Adam and this book so come listen! Buy ChallengerCheck out Adam’s website

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The Infernal Machine

The Infernal Machine by Steven Johnson

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Infernal Machine: This book is explosive! (I’m so sorry, I’ll see myself out.) Quick synopsis: A story about dynamite, anarchists, and the evolution of policing in New York City. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Owen Eagen was the only (what we would now call) bomb disposal personnel working with […]

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Challenger

Challenger by Adam Higginbotham

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Challenger: It was a question of when, not if. Quick synopsis: The story of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: When Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon in 1969, an estimated 600 million people were watching. Fun Fact for History Nerds: It […]

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Skies of Thunder

Skies of Thunder by Caroline Alexander

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Skies of Thunder: Catch-22 only real life. Quick synopsis: The story of World War II pilots flying routes over the Himalayas. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: There are currently nearly 600 planes lying where they crashed along the route. Fun Fact for History Nerds: When British forces took over Burma […]

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Author Don Hollway joins the podcast!

Let’s win a kingdom! Author Don Hollway joins the podcast to talk his book Battle for the Island Kingdom: England’s Destiny 1000-1066. It’s crazier than Game of Thrones. Come listen! Buy Battle for the Island KingdomCheck out Don’s website

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Left for Dead

Left for Dead by Eric Jay Dolin

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Left for Dead: Well, maybe they should have left the poor sea otters alone. Quick synopsis: The story of castaways left for dead in the Falkland Islands during the War of 1812. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Sea otters have the densest fur of any animal with as many as […]

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Throne of Grace

Throne of Grace by Tom Clavin and Bob Drury

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Throne of Grace: Life without a map. Quick synopsis: The story of one of America’s forgotten explorers, Jedediah Smith. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Arithmetic used to be called ciphering in schools. Fun Fact for History Nerds: Between 1700 and 1822, European markets purchased nearly forty million pieces of beaver […]

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The Great Abolitionist

The Great Abolitionist by Stephen Puleo

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Great Abolitionist: Who would have thought slavery proponents could be so violent? Quick synopsis: The life of ardent American abolitionist and senator, Charles Sumner. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: While I don’t condone caning someone, it turns out Sumner did mock a colleague who just had a stroke during […]

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Author Charlotte Gray joins the podcast!

Let’s talk about moms! Author Charlotte Gray joins me to discuss her book Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons; The Lives of Jennie Jerome Churchill and Sara Delano Roosevelt. It’s awesome. Come listen! Buy Passionate Mothers, Powerful SonsCheck our Charlotte’s website

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1217

1217 by Catherine Hanley

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for 1217: King John was as bad as Mel Brooks said he was. Quick synopsis: The story of why King John was just the worst. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: The nobility and religious communities at this time made up about 6% at most of the population meaning the other 94% […]

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The Shooter at Midnight

The Shooter at Midnight by Sean Patrick Cooper

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Shooter at Midnight: Farming folk can be just as murderous as city folk. Quick synopsis: The story of the 1990 murder of Cathy Robertson in Missouri. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: The farming crisis of the 1970s saw farmers take their own lives at double the national rate. Fun […]

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Otherworldly Antarctica

Otherworldly Antarctica by Edmund Stump

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Otherworldly Antarctica: I wanna go! Quick synopsis: A photographic look at Antarctica from a long-time visitor. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Antarctica is a desert. Fun Fact for History Nerds: Ice covers 98% of Antarctica which is 90% of Earth’s ice and 70% of our fresh water. My Take on […]

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The amazing Bettany Hughes joins the podcast!

Let’s find some wonder! Author and Presenter Bettany Hughes joins the podcast to discuss her book The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World! She’s amazing. Come listen! Buy The Seven Wonders of the Ancient WorldCheck out Bettany’s website

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Alien Earths

Alien Earths by Lisa Kaltenegger

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Alien Earths: Just in case we need another one. Quick synopsis: A look at the possibilities (and probabilities) of another planet just like ours. Fact for Non-History People: The nearest star to us besides the Sun is Proxima Centauri which is 25 trillion miles away. It takes light 4 years to […]

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