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So interesting especially with the chemistry of the history teacher and his actress wife. I love this!
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History Teacher Extraordinaire!
These episodes are the conversations you would have over the dinner table with a knowledgable friend. And the history professor I wish I had had. She asks the questions you would, and he seems to know everything! I love the unscripted style and have learned so much! Bravo
Always fun and infirmative.
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Always fun and informative.
Great way to pick up on a bit of interesting history. The sessions lengths are perfect for my drive into the office. Always ready for the next episode. Keep up the great work!
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I Am astonished at how much I have learned listening to the 10 episodes. Clearly my education was lacking. Thank you both.
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Fascinating and Funny!
Rebecca and Kim make learning fun and interesting with this podcast! I can’t wait for next week’s episode.
5 out of 5 stars
This is a fascinating podcast. The episode on famous corpses was something I’ve never heard before.
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- Arthur: The Man and The LegendLegend has it that there once was a King named Arthur who allegedly lived in the late 5th and early 6th centuries and who, with his many companions, successfully fought off numerous enemies in Britain. But was there actually an historical Arthur of real flesh and blood? The Arthurian stories are arguably the greatest legends in Western history, and here in our 50th Episode we explore how the fabled Arthur compares with the historical one. Books: De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae by Gildas Historia Brittonum by Nennius The New Arthurian Encyclopedia Edited by Norris Lacy Historia Regum Britanniae by Geoffrey of Momouth Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory Anglo-Saxon England by Sir Frank Stenton Film: Excalibur (1981) with Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975) with John Cleese and Eric Idle Camelot (1967) with Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave0 comments0
- The Dreyfus AffairIt was a political scandal that rocked France to its core and proved to be a watershed event for European antisemitism. A French officer, Alfred Dreyfus, was accused of passing military secrets to the Germans. He was found guilty by a military tribunal and sent to Devil’s Island, one of the most notorious penal colonies in the world. What happened next will shock and appall you as it did not only France but the entire world. Here in Episode 49, we explore just how far the French military went to cover up their colossal mistake in what would become known as The Dreyfus Affair. Books: Five years of My Life: 1894-1899 by Alfred Dreyfus The Man on Devil’s Island: Alfred Dreyfus and the Affair That Divided France by Ruth Harris The Dreyfus Affair: “J’Accuse and Other Writings of Emile Zola The Dreyfus Affair: The Scandal That Tore France in Two by Piers Paul Read The Collapse of The Third Republic by William Shire Film: I Accuse (1958) with José Ferrer as Captain Alfred Dreyfus Papillon (1973) with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman0 comments0
- Some of History's Greatest ImpostersThere have been many impostors throughout history and in this 48th episode we deal with six of them, two related to English history and four related to Russian history. All at one time or another had many who believed in them (or at least tried to use them for advantage). All six went a long way to pulling off their ruse and we discuss many of the details in this episode. Episode Notes: Ivan IV (the Terrible) was Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547 and Czar of Russia from 1547 to 1584. Books: The Earlier Tudors by J.D. Mackie Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders by Nathen Amin A Short History of Russia's First Civil War: The Time of Troubles of and the Founding of the Romanov Dynasty by Chester S.L. Dunning A History of Russia by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky A Romanov Fantasy: Life at the Court of Anna Anderson by Frances Welch Film: Ivan the Terrible (2014) Documentary Anastasia (1956) Starring Ingrid Bergman0 comments0
- Hannibal Barca: Rome's Most Dangerous EnemyAfter a six-week hiatus, we’re back and with a fast-paced adventure story that rivals even the best of Hollywood. It’s the story of Hannibal Barca. When outnumbered by the Roman military two to one, this fearless Carthaginian general, complete with eye patch and riding atop a black stallion, defied all odds in one of the bloodiest battles in all of antiquity, thus becoming one of the greatest military commanders the world has ever known. Join us as we delve into the life and times of this extraordinary man. Episode Notes: The immediate predecessor of Hannibal in Spain was his brother-in-law, Hasdrubal the Fair (not to be confused with Hannibal's brother, Hasdrubal), who ruled from 229-221 BC., after which Hannibal in 221 at the age of 26 took over Carthaginian Spain. According to some ancient sources, Hannibal did marry an Iberian woman named Imilce and they had a son, but we do not know this for certain. Books: The Punic Wars by Adrian Goldsworthy A History of Rome by Michael Grant Hannibal: The Military Biography of Rome’s Greatest Enemy by Richard Gabriel The Histories by Polybius A History of Warfare by John Keegan Film: Hannibal (2006) BBC Film Hannibal: A March on Rome (2018) Documentary Hannibal in the Alps (2018) PBS Documentary0 comments0
- Cheating The HangmanImagine being hung three times… unsuccessfully. That’s exactly what happened to Englishman, John “Babbacombe” Lee in 1885. Or in the case of Herman Göring, being slipped a cyanide pill just hours before you were scheduled to be hung. Or foiling your pursuers by killing yourself first and being laid out in full regalia upon their arrival. Here in Episode 46, we explore seven individuals who cheated the hangman one way or another. Books: Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy Queen Elizabeth I by J.E. Neale Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick "Babbacombe" Lee: The Man They Could Not Hang by John Lee Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook by Richard Wittington Egan Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer Film: Cleopatra (1963) with Elizabeth Taylor Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed (2021) Documentary Jack the Ripper (2017) Documentary with Trevor Marriott Judgement at Nuremburg (1961) with an all-star cast Downfall (2005) with Bruno Ganz as Hitler0 comments0
- Caligula and The Julio-Claudian Dynasty“Let them hate me, so they but fear me.” ~ Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (aka Caligula) Caligula, the third Julio-Claudian emperor of the great Roman Empire, was known as a cruel, erratic, sex-crazed and delusional tyrant. Not only did he decree that his horse was a Roman consul, but he also marched his troops all the way to the English Channel only to have them pick up seashells, and he’s also said to have committed incest with all three of his sisters. Was he a madman or a victim of an undiagnosed medical condition? Here in Episode 45, we take an in-depth look at not only Caligula, but all five of the emperors who reigned during the Julio-Claudian Dynasty, including Claudius and the famed Nero. Books: From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome from 133 BC to AD 68 by H.H. Scullard History of Rome by Michael Grant The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius Roman History by Dio Cassius Film: I, Claudius (1976) 12 Episodes by BBC Caligula (1979) terrible cult film, but incredible cast including Peter O’Toole, Helen Mirren & Malcolm McDowell0 comments0
- South Africa: A Brief HistorySouth Africa has a fascinating, complex, and often tragic history. From the migration of the Bantu to the settlements by the Dutch and British; from the Boar Wars to the fight to abolish apartheid, here in Episode 44, we explore the history of this geologically and culturally rich nation - a nation that is still striving to reach its full potential. Books: A History of South Africa by Frank Welsh Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela Hero of The Empire by Candice Millard Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton Film: Zulu (1964) with Michael Caine Breaker Morant (1980) directed by Bruce Beresford0 comments0
- The Counter ReformationWhat do Georgetown University, St. Joseph’s University, and Loyola University have in common (besides basketball)? They were all founded by the Jesuits, and the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church was highly instrumental in the phenomenon known as the Counter Reformation. Once Luther, Calvin and others challenged the authority and teachings of the Catholic Church, the Church had no choice but to respond to these accusations and alternative beliefs. Here in Episode 43, we dive into the Counter Reformation which began in the 1540’s under Pope Paul III and ushered in many lasting changes in the Catholic Church. Episode Notes: · Peter O’Toole played Pope Paul III in the Showtime series, The Tudors. · Yes, a Jesuit did become Pope. He is the present pontifex maximus, Pope Francis I. Books: The Counter Reformation by A.G. Dickens The Reformation Crisis edited by Joel Hurtsfield The Penguin Dictionary of English and European History, 1485-1789 by E. Williams Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy by Roger Collins Film: Black Robe (1991) directed by Bruce Beresford0 comments0
- Martin Luther & The Protestant ReformationThe Protestant Reformation was one of the single greatest events in the history of Western Civilization. Led by Martin Luther, this protestation against the Catholic Church altered all of Western history. Here in Episode 42, we take a closer look at this exceptional, though conflicted man, as well as other early protestant reformers like Ulrich Zwingli and the formidable John Calvin, who together rocked the very foundation of western Europe and even led to the founding of America itself. Books: Young Man Luther: A Study in Psychoanalysis and History by Erik Ericson Europe: From the Renaissance to Waterloo by Robert Ergang The Penguin Dictionary of English and European History, 1485-1789 by E.N. Williams The Reformation Crisis Edited by Joel Hurstfield Film: Martin Luther (2003) PBS Documentary0 comments0
- The Crimean War"Into the valley of death rode the six hundred." Here in Episode 41, we take a closer look at the events that inspired Lord Alfred Tennyson to write those words in his epic poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade". We also explore both the long-term and short-term causes of the Crimean War and why it was a "first" in many areas of modern warfare, interrupting as it did a largely peaceful 19th century Europe between 1815-1914. Episode Edit: Just to be clear, the antagonists in the Crimean War were the British, French, Turks and Piedmontese on the one side and the Russians on the other side. Kim was thinking a little too far ahead at the 2:48 mark as well as the 5:38 mark. Books: The Ottoman Centuries by Lord Kinross Dictionary of Modern History: 1789-1945 edited by Duncan Townson The Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Alfred Tennyson The Crimean War by Orlando Figes Florence Nightingale: The Making of an Icon by Mark Bostridge Notes on Nursing: What it is and What it is Not by Florence Nightingale Film: The Crimean War (2018) documentary Florence Nightingale (1985) staring Jaclyn Smith Charge of the Light Brigade ((1936) staring Errol Flynn The Charge of The Light Brigade (1968) staring Trevor Howard0 comments0
- Lawrence of ArabiaLawrence of Arabia is the stuff of legend. There have been numerous books written and films made about him, but who was T.E. Lawrence actually? What made this man with so many talents, who was also immensely brave and resourceful, act and think as he did? Our 40th Episode explores some of the possible reasons. Books: Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorized Biography of T.E. Lawrence by Jeremy Wilson T.E. Lawrence by His Friends edited by Arnold Lawrence The Letters of T.E. Lawrence edited by David Garnett Film: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Starring Peter O’Toole Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle For The Arab World (2003) PBS Documentary Edits: T.E. Lawrence is buried in the churchyard of St. Nicolas’ Church in Moreton, Dorset, but there is a memorial bust of Lawrence located in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Even though we mentioned it, we never did get around to discussing the Allenby Rule. Per the 1962 film, when in Damascus and a large fire broke out, one of General Allenby’s subordinates asked him, “What should be done?” to which Allenby replied, “Nothing, it’s usually best.” So, when a problem arises and you’re faced with a myriad of options, often your best choice is to do nothing, i.e., the Allenby Rule.0 comments0
- The Black DeathMany diseases throughout history have wiped out entire families, villages or even towns, but nothing even comes close to the death and destruction that would become known as the Black Death. It made periodic appearances throughout the centuries, dying out for some and reemerging for others. Today, modern medicine can cure this disease, but even so, hundreds of people still die from this disease every year, even in America. So, what is it and how did it shape world history? We cover all that and more here in Episode 39. Books: Medieval Europe: A Short History by Judith M. Bennett and C. Warren Hollister Death in the Middle Ages by T.S.R. Boase The Black Death by Philip Ziegler The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Dafoe0 comments0
- The Scopes Monkey TrialImagine sitting in a 97-degree court room in the middle of July while you’re being prosecuted for a crime you’re not even sure you committed. This is exactly the situation twenty-four-year-old John T. Scopes found himself in during the summer of 1925. Almost overnight this trial became a national sensation and put the small town of Dayton, Tennessee on the map. It would involve two of the most famous attorneys of the day going head-to-head over a newly passed Tennessee State law called the Butler Act. What was the crime? Teaching evolution in the classroom. Books: The Memoirs of William Jennings Bryan by William Jennings Bryan and Mary Baird Bryan Trying Biology: The Scopes Trial, Textbooks, and the Antievolution Movement in American Schools by Adam Shapiro Six Days or Forever? Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes by Ray Ginger Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Edward Larson Film: Inherit The Wind (1960) with Fredrich March, Spencer Tracy, and Gene Kelly0 comments0
- Napoleon: Part IINapoleon, was he hero or villain? An enlightened genius or supreme egotist? Superb diplomat or an immoral usurper? All of the above? Continuing with Part II of our Napoleon series, we take a closer look into his greatest achievements as well as his greatest mistakes. From his coronation as Emperor at Notre-Dame in 1804 to his loss at Waterloo in 1815, this man’s story is seemingly inexhaustible. Has the world ever seen his equal either before or since? We’ll leave that for you to decide. Notes: Though buried at St. Helena's when he died in 1821, by 1840 Napoleon's legacy was such that some two decades later he was brought back to France in 1840 with great ceremony of state and placed in the Hotel des Invalides where he still resides. Books: The Congress of Vienna: A Study of Allied Unity: 1812-1822 by Harold Nicolson Dictionary of the Napoleonic Wars by David C. Chandler Europe: From the Renaissance to Waterloo by Robert Ergang The Napoleonic Wars by Richard Holmes Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts Napoleon: A Concise Biography by David A. Bell Film: Napoleon (2003 TV Miniseries) staring Christian Clavier0 comments0
- Napoleon: Part IAre great leaders made or just born that way? It seems that in the case of Napoleon, he truly was born to lead. It is said that his troops would have followed him into the gates of hell. But how good or bad was he and what is his legacy? Here in Episode 36, we explore these questions and take a closer look into the early life of Napoleon from his upbringing on the island of Corsica through his early victories in Italy and elsewhere as well as his marriage to Josephine. Get ready because we packed a lot into this 36-minute episode. Books: Dictionary of the Napoleonic Wars by David G. Chandler Europe: From the Renaissance to Waterloo by Robert Ergang The Napoleonic Wars by Richard Holmes Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts Napoleon: A Concise Biography by David A. Bell Film: Napoleon (2003 TV Miniseries) staring Christian Clavier Also Mentioned in Episode 36: A Tale of Two Cities: The Musical by Jill Santoriello0 comments0
- Staying Alive“A leader is a dealer in hope.” — Napoleon Bonaparte Here in Episode 35, we take a closer look at two perhaps lesser-known great leaders in history. When all hope was lost and the odds were stacked against them, they defied all probability and led their men safely home. These are two of the most fascinating adventure stories ever told. Sir Ernest Shackleton and Xenophon did the extraordinary and both lived to tell their tales. Episode Notes: Shackleton's final Antarctic expedition of 1921-22 had imprecise goals but one of them was a possible circumnavigation of the continent. Books: Anabasis by Xenophon A History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great by J.B. Bury and Russell Meiggs Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing South! The Journey of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917 by Sir Ernest Shackleton Film: Shackleton (2012) with Kenneth Branagh0 comments0
- Hard to KillThere are a handful of people in history who seem to have had an uncanny ability to escape death. Whether evading a lone assassin, dodging friendly fire during the heat of battle, or simply defying the laws of nature by smoking over 200 cigarettes a day, these four historical figures featured in Episode 34 proved they were all Hard to Kill. Books: The Reign of Elizabeth by J.B. Black Washington: The Indispensable Man by James Thomas Flexner King Zog: Self-Made Monarch of Albania by James Tomes The Double Life of Fidel Castro by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez & Alex Gyldén Film: Elizabeth I and Her Enemies (2017) Documentary Washington (2020) Documentary The Fidel Castro Tapes (2014) Documentary0 comments0
- The Restoration & Charles IIThe Restoration period is known as probably the most bawdy era in English history. And who was it that ushered in this remarkable age? Why, the Merry Monarch himself, Charles II. In addition to having a great fondness for the ladies and the good life, Charles had many remarkable qualities. Here in our first episode of Season 2, we take a closer look at this loveable rogue and the times in which he lived. Episode Edits: Charles had a stroke not months before his death but only about a week before his death. The William Penn Statue on top of City Hall in Philadelphia is the largest freestanding statue atop any building in the world. Books: The Later Stuarts by Sir George Clark Royal Charles by Antonia Fraser The Columbia Companion to British History by Juliet Gardiner & Neil Wenborn The Pageant of Stuart England by Elizabeth Burton Film: Charles II: The Power and the Passion (2003) with Rufus Sewell Forever Amber (1947) with George Sanders and Linda Darnell0 comments0
- The Salem Witch TrialsThe years 1692-1693 were some of the darkest times in American history. They were the years when mass hysteria ruled the land and young girls were inexplicably stricken with fits of screaming, barking, shaking, and crying. It was a group of roughly 9 girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, who were taken at their fantastical word of being physically tormented by certain members of their own village which eventually led to over 200 people being accused of witchcraft. Nineteen of those accused were hung and one was pressed to death. Here in our last episode of our first season, we take an in-depth look at the fascinating yet heart-breaking time in our history known as The Salem Witch Trials. Books: A Modest Enquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft by Rev. John Hale The Salem Witch Trials: A Reference Guide by K. David Goss Salem Story: Reading the Witch Trials of 1692 by Bernard Rosenthal A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience by Emerson W. Baker Films: Three Sovereigns for Sarah (1986) with Vanessa Redgrave The Crucible (1996) with Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder0 comments0
- Jack The RipperDuring the late summer and fall of 1888, a district in East London was being terrorized by an unknown Victorian serial killer. In a September 25th letter addressed to the Central News Agency, the yet to be identified murderer boasted of his recent killings and signed the letter “Jack the Ripper”. That name has endured for over 133 years, and the case remains open to this day. Why are we still fascinated by this case? With over 100 suspects, why was it never solved? Here in Episode 31, we walk you through the facts of what is known about the most notorious murderer the world has ever known. Books: Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook by Richard Whittington-Egan The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper by Maxim Jakubowski The Complete History of Jack the Ripper by Philip Sugden The Complete Jack the Ripper by Donald Rumbelow Film/Documentary: Jack the Ripper (1988) with Michael Caine and Jane Seymour Jack the Ripper: Tabloid Killer (2015) Documentary Jack the Ripper (2017) Documentary with Trevor Marriott0 comments0
- A Handful of Holiday HistoriesEveryone has their favorite holiday, but do you know how your favorite holiday came into being? The answers may surprise you. For instance, in 12th century England, New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25th, but the ancient Celts celebrated their New Year (Sumhain) on November 1st. So why do we now celebrate the New Year on January 1st? And why do we now use the Gregorian Calendar as opposed to the Julian Calendar? Also, did the Druids really use human sacrifices during their celebrations? And why would shepherds be tending their flocks in the middle of December? Did slavery still exist after June 19, 1865? Here in our 30th episode we answer every single one of those questions and much more! Episode Notes: King Numa Pompilius (c. 700 BC) is credited with adding January and February to the old 10-month Roman calendar, but March 1st remained New Year’s Day for Romans until the Julian calendar was developed around 45 BC. President Abraham Lincoln did not, in August of 1862, write to Horatio Seymour, former and future Governor of New York, about slavery and the Union, but rather to Horace Greeley, editor of The New York Tribune. As promised, here is Rebecca’s Spotify playlist, “ October Songs ”. Books: A Brief History of the Calendar by David Harper, PhD, FRAS New Year’s Day Wikipedia article The Civil War Day by Day by E.B. Long Lincoln by David Herbert Donald Halloween by Ruth Edna Kelley A Brief History of the Druids by Peter Berresford Ellis The Christmas Encyclopedia by William Crump Historical Dictionary of Catholicism by William J. Collinge Film: The Wicker Man (1973) – with Edward Woodward, Diane Cilento0 comments0
- Macbeth: Fact or Fiction?Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a fascinating figure- resourceful, brave, insightful, reflective, but it’s his inordinate ambition that leads to his downfall. Can the same be said of Scotland’s real Macbeth? Here in Episode 29, we unpack the characters in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth alongside their historical (or mythical) counterparts including Banquo, Malcolm, McDuff, even the witches. We also let you in on a few theatre traditions involving “The Scottish Play” as well as why you can never say the word Macbeth in a theatre. Episode Notes: The word Bard means poet and because William Shakespeare was from the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, he was known as the Bard of Avon. Even though the title was never officially bestowed, in 1769 the Shakespearean actor David Garrick is credited with organizing the Shakespeare Jubilee for which he wrote a song referring to Shakespeare as the Warwickshire Bard which seems to have eventually morphed into The Bard of Avon. Here is a link to Garrick's original song, https://www.bartleby.com/333/77.html Sir Laurence Olivier played the title role in Macbeth at the Old Vic Theatre in London in 1937. Books: Macbeth by William Shakespeare Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland by Raphael Holinshed Scotland: The Story of a Nation by Magnus Magnusson The Reign of Elizabeth 1556-1603 by J.B. Black The History of Scotland by Sir Walter Scott Film: Macbeth (1948) Directed by and starring Orson Welles The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971) Directed by Roman Polanski, starring John Finch The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) Directed by Joel Cohen, starring Denzel Washington0 comments0
- Joan of ArcAlmost six centuries have come and gone and we’re still talking about an illiterate peasant girl who only lived to be nineteen years old. Why? Not only did she inspire her nation by leading thousands of men into battle, but she also ushered in the end of the Hundred’s Year War thus saving her nation of France from English rule. Was she divinely inspired or was she a schizophrenic who heard the voices of martyred saints in her head? We may never know the answer to that question, but here in Episode 28 we unpack a lot about Joan of Arc. Episode Edit: In the interest of accuracy and fairness, in 1450, almost twenty years after Joan's death, King Charles VII did himself have a retrial of Joan which vindicated her. This was before Pope Calixtus III (1455-1458) also had a retrial. To Charles' credit, he couldn't have the retrial until he did because it wasn't until late 1449 that he and French forces were able to take Rouen where Joan's trial and burning occurred and where all the papers and documents related to the trial were located. Books: The Hundred Years War by Edouard Perroy (translated from the French) Joan: The Mysterious Life of The Heretic Who Became a Saint by Donald Spoto The Life of Joan of Arc by Anatole France (translated from the French) The Fifteenth Century 1399-1485 by E.F. Jacob Joan of Arc: A Military Leader by Kelly DeVries Film: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) silent film with Renée Falconetti Joan of Arc (1948) with Ingrid Bergman0 comments0
- Cuba: A Brief HistoryIn October of 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on an island in the Caribbean Sea and christened it “Juana” in honor of Prince Don Juan, son of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. From there, Cuba would remain under Spanish rule for over 400 years. Eventually, the United States would help the Cuban people overthrow their colonial rulers just as America had done a century before. Thus began a long and contentious relationship between America and Cuba. Ironically, it was America who also assisted a young Cuban revolutionary named Fidel Castro to overthrow a corrupt government and set up his own government. That was 1959 and Castro would remain in power for over 50 years while surviving more than 600 assassination attempts and outlasting 11 American presidents. With his death in 2016 and the resignation of his brother, Raul, in April of 2021, there have been new rumblings in Cuba. Will the Cuban people finally demand freedom, or will they continue under Communist rule? Will America once again involve herself in Cuban affairs? It seems there is more Cuban history yet to be written. BOOKS Cuba: A History by Hugh Thomas The History of Cuba by Clifford Staten Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert Kennedy Modern Times by Paul Johnson America: A Narrative History by George Tindall and David Shi FILM Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War (2012) Documentary JFK: A President Betrayed (2013) Documentary with Morgan Freeman narrating Fidel (1971) Documentary The Fidel Castro Tapes (2014) Documentary0 comments0
- Famous Spies: The Male EditionSpy: (noun) “A person employed by one nation to secretly convey classified information of strategic importance to another nation.” When someone says the word spy, the image that pops into most people’s minds is James Bond (for us here at Historically Speaking that would be Sean Connery, the original,) but the father of modern-day espionage can be traced all the way back to the court of Queen Elizabeth I. But no matter what century you are playing your deadly game, spying often times isn’t as glamorous as it seems. Yes, you may be hobnobbing with the elites of society, but in order to not reveal your cover you have to be tough enough to survive some extraordinarily perilous circumstances, while at the same time being clever enough to convince your adversaries that you’re truly on their side. John le Carré, Ian Fleming and Frederick Forsyth had to base their novels on someone, could it possibly be one of these three gentlemen that we discuss here in Episode 26? We’ll let you decide. BOOKS Sir Francis Walsingham: The Reign of Elizabeth: 1558-1603 by J. B. Black Queen Elizabeth I by J.E. Neale Elizabeth’s Spymaster: Francis Walsingham and the Secret War That Saved England by Robert Hutchinson Wilhelm Canaris: Canaris: The Life and Death of Hitler’s Spymaster by Michael Mueller The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers and Guerrillas, 1939-1945 by Max Hastings Richard Sorge: An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent by Owen Matthews Stalin’s Spy: Richard Sorge and the Tokyo Espionage Ring by Robert Whymant The Oxford Companion to World War II FILM Richard Sorge: Master Spy (2019) – Russian miniseries 12 episodes0 comments0