Tag: Asian history

  • The Mission (NATGEO)

    The Mission (NATGEO)

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Mission: Should have listened the first two times. Quick synopsis: The story of missionary John Chau who died attempting to evangelize to the people of North Sentinel Island. Fact for Non-History People: We know so little about the North Sentinelese that we don’t even know how many of them there…

  • The Last Island by Adam Goodheart

    The Last Island by Adam Goodheart

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Last Island: Leave them alone. Quick synopsis: The story of North Sentinel Island and the isolated tribe that calls it home. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: The Andaman Island chain contains nearly 600 islands and thousands of species that don’t exist anywhere else in the world. Fun Fact for…

  • On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides

    On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for On Desperate Ground: Fine, fine. Marines are good at stuff. I’ll admit it for once. Quick synopsis: The battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Mao Zedong believed orgasms directly halted the aging process. He’s dead now so I guess not. Fun Fact for…

  • Vagabond Princess by Ruby Lal

    Vagabond Princess by Ruby Lal

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Vagabond Princess: Her Instagram account would have been awesome. Quick synopsis: The biography of Mughal Princess and writer Gulbadan Begum from the 1500s.    Fact for Non-History People: Royal couriers were super-fast back in the day. A good rider with a solid horse could cover around 350 miles on a great…

  • Empires of the Steppes by Kenneth Harl

    Empires of the Steppes by Kenneth Harl

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Empires of the Steppes: It wasn’t just Genghis. Quick synopsis: A look at the leaders of the Eurasian steppes. Fact for Non-History People: Attila the Hun died during a celebration of his wedding from probably a burst blood vessel. Fact for History Nerds: The man who coined the term “Silk Road”…

  • Narcotopia by Patrick Winn

    Narcotopia by Patrick Winn

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Narcotopia: Apparently, you can’t trust a spy agency. Quick synopsis: The story of the narco-state in Burma. Fact for Non-History People: This narco-state has a larger military than Sweden or Kenya. Fact for History Nerds: The Southeast Asia drug trade generates $60 billion each year in meth alone. My Take on…

  • The Sister by Sung-Yoon Lee

    The Sister by Sung-Yoon Lee

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Sister: Hell hath no fury like a dictator’s sister. Quick synopsis: A look at the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong. Fact for Non-History People: The official name of North Korea is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It is neither a democracy nor a…

  • Valor by Dan Hampton

    Valor by Dan Hampton

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Valor: The story of a man who refused to enjoy a beach vacation. Quick synopsis: The story of Bill Harris in World War II as he fights, gets captured, fights, fights some more and absolutely refuses to sit still. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Chicago’s mayor thought it was possible…

  • Target Tokyo by James M. Scott

    Target Tokyo by James M. Scott

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: Wait, we bombed Tokyo right after Pearl Harbor? I’ll be damned. Quick synopsis: We bombed Tokyo right after Pearl Harbor. Yes, really. Jimmy Doolittle and his Doolittle Raiders actually did a hell of a lot. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: When the Doolittle Raiders took off for their bombing run, they…