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Historian and veteran Middle East journalist Michael Rank looks into the most exciting events and personalities of history in this podcast and explains them in five-minute episodes so that you can absorb the facts in the fastest way possible. Learn about the lives of Genghis Khan, Vlad Dracul, and Richard the Lionheart, and such events as the Crusades and the Black Death in these highly entertaining and informative episodes. Michael has sold thousands of books with his unique take on the past with such best-selling titles as "History's Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs From Emperor Caligula to Kim Jon Il," and he brings the same energy to this podcast. He focuses on world history, Roman history, military history, the history of the United States, the most famous rulers in history, biographies, biography of famous people, the most famous people in history, the most powerful rulers, medieval history, violent history, world history, United States history, and how to put all these pieces together.

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HFM 160 | Series Finale: The Final Episode of History in Five Minutes
Welcome to the end, my friends! I am powering down History in Five Minutes because I have launched a new and better show called History Unplugged.  You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Android Here’s an overview of History Unplugged: Every Tuesday through Friday I release a short episode of 5-10 minutes in length. It’s basically the same thing you’ve come to know and love (0r hate) from History in Five Minutes. Every Monday I release a longform interview with a book author, history podcaster, or historical consultant from a TV show. There are two sorts of episodes that we feature on the History Unplugged podcast: the call-in show and author interviews. The Call-In Show The first sort of episode is the weekday where a listener like you can ask me anything. What did the Vikings eat? What was it like to be a Turkish sultan with 4 wives and multiple concubines? If you were sent back in time with your current knowledge, how would you conquer the Roman Empire? If you would like to send me a question to answer on the show, you can do so one of two ways. The first is to email us at info [@] historyonthenet.com. The second is to leave a voice mail.   CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PAGE WHERE YOU CAN LEAVE A VOICE MAIL   Please keep it to about a minute long, be polite, and an all-around cool laddie or lass. Here are the full submission guidelines.   Interviews The second sort of episode on our podcast is the long form interview (40 minutes – 1 hour) with top history book authors. These authors have written about everything—and I mean everything—including gruff World War II generals who flew with airmen on bombing raids, a war horse who gained the rank of sergeant, and presidents who gave their best speeches while drunk. I sit down with them and go in-depth on their topics. So far I’ve been blown away by the stories I’ve heard. Here are some of our guests that have been or will be featured on the show. Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse Mark Will-Weber, author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking Prof. Richard Weikart, author of Hitler’s Relgion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich Tevi Troy, author of What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted Brion McClanahan, author of Nine Presidents Who Screwed Up America, and Four Who Tried to Save Her Prof. Michael Foley: author of Drinking With the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour
HFM 098 | The Origin of the Sicilian Mafia
  Why did you have to be 100% Sicilian to join the Italian Mafia in 1950s New York? It all has to do with Sicily’s history of foreign governments and solving problems itself. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes   FROM NOVEMBER 27 TO DECEMBER 1, ALL OF MY BOOKS ARE ONLY $0.99!   Click on the titles below to go to the sales page and get them at the discount. 1. Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 Other Travelers and Explorers that Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World 2. Spies, Espionage, and Covert Operations: From Ancient Greece to the Cold War 3. How Iowa Conquered the World: The Story of a Small Farm State’s Journey to Global Dominance 4. History’s Greatest Generals: 10 Commanders Who Conquered Empires, Revolutionized Warfare, and Changed History Forever 5. Lost Civilizations: 10 Societies that Vanished Without a Trace 6. History’s Most Insane Rulers: Lunatics, Eccentrics, and Megalomaniacs from Emperor Caligula to Kim Jong Il 7. The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor 8. History’s Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible 9. The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross: The 10 Most Important Crusades, From German Emperors to Warrior Lepers 10. From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History 11. Greek Gods and Goddesses Gone Wild: Bad Behavior and Divine Excess From Zeus’s Philandering to Dionysus’s Benders
HFM 097 | Cassius Marcus Clay – Abraham Lincoln’s Blue Suited, Bowie-Knife Carrying, Diplomat to Russia – and Namesake for the Famous Boxer
In this episode, learn about the man who dressed like Django, convinced LIncoln to enact the Emancipation Proclamation, and fought off men by the dozen with his bowie knife. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes  
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Aug 8th, 2012
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Sep 5th, 2017
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