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History in Five Minutes Podcast

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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.

This is a great podcast if you know nothing about a topic and need a good launching point into a deeper study.


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HFM 160 | Series Finale: The Final Episode of History in Five Minutes
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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   F…
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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