The Sons Of HistoryNov 15, 2021
The Bloody Battle for England and Her Throne with Don Hollway
1066 is one of the most famous years in history. It established the Norman duke, now known as William the Conqueror, as king of England. But it was hardly as simple as winning at the Battle of Hastings. Don Hollway, the author of “Battle for the Island Kingdom,” joins the podcast to discuss how the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Normans, and others fought for the English throne over the decades and centuries. Hollway guides us through this violent era, the betrayals, the murders, the marriages, the mayhem, and how the Church and the belief in divine destiny helped establish the throne.
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Is 600 Years of Agincourt Tradition Wrong? with Michael Livingston
Michael Livingston is on the case again. He joins the podcast to discuss how a 600 year tradition about the location of the Battle of Agincourt and many of its teachings about the battle could very well be wrong. Just as he did with the Battle of Crécy, Livingston makes a very convincing argument that tradition has again usurped historical fact. We discuss the Hundred Years' War, Henry V, Shakespeare, and more in this fun and enlightening conversation. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe.
Who Were the Assyrians and How Great Was Their Empire with Mark Healy
The Assyrian Empire is considered by many the first great empire. For several centuries this Mesopotamian people conquered and dominated the world of the Near East. Ancient and modern military scholar Mark Healy joins the podcast to discuss these ancient people, their kings, their methods for dominance, and how this empire suddenly came to an end.
Mark Healy's first book Warriors of the Old Testament was published in 1990. He has written extensively on military subjects of the ancient worlds of Egypt, Assyria, and Rome, to the modern world, specifically World War II. His specialties on World War II history are on German armor, U-boats, and the Luftwaffe. We will be talking with him about his latest book “The Ancient Assyrians: Empire and Army, 883-612 BC.”
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The Power Friendship: Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge in the Gilded Age
Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge were the political power players of the early 20th century. Their relationship proved politically beneficial to both men, but their friendship went far deeper than mere politics. We discuss with Laurence Jurdem how these two men helped shape America from the early 1900s onward.Laurence Jurdem is an adjunct professor of history at Fairfield University and Fordham College’s Lincoln Center campus. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle. He is the author of Paving the Way for Reagan: The Influence of Conservative Media on US Foreign Policy, and his latest work The Rough Rider and the Professor: Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and the Friendship that Changed American History.If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe.
How the Spartans Used Proxy Wars for Ultimate Victory with Dr. Paul Rahe
How did one Spartan defeat thousands of Athenians? It comes down to strategy, and, of course, having others to fight the war. When the Athenians landed on the shores of Sicily, they nearly convinced the Sicilians to acquiesce. But time was not one the Athenians' side. Dr. Paul Rahe joins the podcast to discuss Spartan strategy and how they used proxy wars to enable their ultimate victory over Athens.
Paul Rahe is the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow in Classics at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is the professor of history at Hillsdale College where he holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage. He chairs the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Current World Affairs. And just last year, the University of Piraeus in Greece honored him with the Themistocles Statesmanship Award.
He is the author of numerous works, including Republics Ancient and Modern: Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution, Against Throne and Altar, Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty, four volumes on the grand strategy of classical Sparta - one of which we are going to be discussing this episode, Sparta’s Sicilian Proxy War.
Oligarchs, Spies, and the Return of the Cold War with William Maz
William Maz, author of The Bucharest Dossier and The Bucharest Legacy, talks post-Communism Romania, the reign of the oligarchs of Eastern Europe, and, of course, spies. In this episode, we dig into the ongoing struggle in Russia and Ukraine, and the evolution of secret police and intelligence communities.
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Nathanael Greene: The American Revolution's Indispensable Man
Nathanael Greene was arguably George Washington's most trusted general, and arguably the American Revolution's most consequential. Greene led the Southern War Department, and his decisions were pivotal in defeating the British. Salina Baker, author of the new book "The Line of Splendor: A Novel of Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution," joins the podcast to discuss the great general and his life.
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War: Can We Still Do It?
Is war no longer a tenable option? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss how nuclear power and biological advancements in warfare has created a deterrent to war, as well as how missed opportunities and the unwillingness to win wars has led to a culture of political and military indecision.
The Sons of History also answer a request from a review on ancient history sources.
For more suggestions on ancient history sources, see below:
Writers from the Classical Period:
Plutarch, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius, Livy, Cassius Dio, Suetonius, Flavius Josephus, Sallust, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder, Julius Caesar, ArrianQuintus of Smyrna, Diodorus Siculus, Herodian, Ammianus Marcellinus, Quintus Curtius Rufus, Procopius, Justinian, Lucan, Appian, Aristotle, Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Cicero, Seneca, Cato the Elder, Cato the Younger, Heraclitus, Epictetus, Hesiod, Homer, Virgil, Apollonius of Rhodes, Ovid, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Sophocles, EuripidesIsidore of Seville, St. Jerome, St. Ambrose, and Sun Tzu.
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Peter Freuchen: The Polar Explorer Who Was Larger Than Life
Medical student, polar explorer, author, movie star, Danish resistor during World War II. Peter Freuchen seemed to be everywhere doing everything. His fascinating life has been captured by Reid Mitenbuler, author of the Freuchen biography, “Wanderlust: An Eccentric Explorer, an Epic Journey, a Lost Age.” Reid’s initial encounter with the larger-than-life figure was a memorable moment in a very memorable place. But then again, everything about Freuchen is memorable. Reid Mitenbuler joins The Sons of History podcast to discuss the Great Dane.
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How to Get to the Truth in History
It’s not as easy as it sounds. Just because someone says something, doesn’t necessarily make it true. This goes for the average person, the journalist, the politician, and, yes, even historians. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss some of the topics that have come under attack in fraudulent ways, but more importantly, they discuss how to go about studying history, how to think about history and sources, and how sometimes we can’t know the full scope of a historical moment until we have all (or at least as much as possible) the information.
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Oppenheimer: The Movie, the Man, and the Bomb
Since Christopher Nolan’s recent film “Oppenheimer,” the conversation has arisen anew on the man who gave America the atomic bomb. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss who he was, the legacy he left behind, the need for America to build the nuclear weapon first, and the debate of nuclear usage. At the time of the film’s release, Alan wrote an article for The Epoch Times about creating the bomb entitled “America’s Path to the Atomic Bomb.” Dustin wrote a piece entitled “Debunking Theories About the WWII Use of the Atomic Bomb.”
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The Life, Death, and Times of James A. Garfield with C. W. Goodyear
James A. Garfield is most often remembered for being assassinated only a short time after his inauguration. His death was a tragedy, but his life was a triumph. C. W. Goodyear, historian and author of the new biography "President Garfield: From Radical to Unifier," joins the podcast to discuss this incredible statesman who overcame everything that stood in his way - except the assassin's bullet.
C.W. Goodyear earned his degree in Global Affairs from Yale University in 2016. then moved to Washington, DC. His first book project was a collaboration with former naval officer Chris Fussell called One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams. His latest work is the biography of James A Garfield, the 20th president of the United States, entitled “President Garfield: From Radical to Unifier.”
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The Past, Present and Future of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict
When the war between Russian and Ukraine started in February of 2022 it was the continuation of an ongoing conflict. Ukraine desires independence and Russia wants to draw the nation back into the Russo fold. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the Russo-Ukrainian history, the problem with NATO, Putin's reasons for invading, and Zelensky's leadership. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe and leave a rating and a review.
What Would The Sons of Liberty Do?
As the rights of Americans continue to ebb and flow with each Supreme Court session, as well as local, state and federal edicts, the question arises: What would The Sons of Liberty do? Dustin and Alan break down what this freedom fighting group did and is it something Americans replicate. They also discuss the states' power of non-compliance, as well as that of the everyday citizen. A roadmap to maintaining our everyday freedoms.
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The Destruction of an American Army with Alan D. Gaff
It is considered the single greatest defeat of an American Army by Indians, but it isn't nearly as well known as many other battles of the Indian Wars. The Battle of the Wabash, also known as St. Clair's Defeat, is not merely an important battle for the sake of American history, but also for the sake of military history and strategy. As cascade of failures ultimately led the destruction of General Arthur St. Clair's army, but there are many things believed about this battle-turned-massacre that are misunderstood.
Alan D. Gaff is an independent scholar and the author of several works, including the bestselling Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir; Blood in the Argonne: The “Lost Battalion” of World War I; Bayonets in the Wilderness: Anthony Wayne’s Legion in the Old Northwest; and his latest book that came out this year Field of Corpses: Arthur St. Clair and the Death of an American Army.
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Gold, Glory, and Gore in America's Westward Expansion with Elliott West
A military victory in the Mexican-American War and the discovery of gold in California led to the great land and gold rushes that renowned historian Elliott West calls the Great Coincidence. Learn about the westward expansion, the violence that erupted, the opportunities it offered, the wealth it created, and how the new lands leveraged America's power in the world. A memorable conversation full of information, dispute, and American history.
Elliott West is the Alumni Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of several works, including The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story, The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado, which won the Francis Parkman Prize and the PEN Center Award. And his latest book, which we are going to discuss, Continental Reckoning: The American West in the Age of Expansion.
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Who Are the Texas Rangers? with Dr. Jody Edward Ginn
The Texas Rangers are celebrating their bicentennial this year. You may be thinking how that is possible since Texas wasn't even declared a republic until 1836 and didn't become the 28th state until 1845. Dr. Jody Edward Ginn, author, historian, and the Director of Development for the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame & Museum, talks all things Texas Rangers - the highs, the lows, and the misunderstood.
Jody Edward Ginn is Director of Development for the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame & Museum. He’s the former Executive Director of the Texas Rangers Heritage Center in Fredericksburg, Texas. He is a former law enforcement investigator/administrator and U.S. Army veteran with two decades of experience as a Public Historian. He’s the author of East Texas Troubles. He was also a history consultant on the Netflix Original film The Highwaymen with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson about the Bonne and Clyde saga. And lastly and probably most importantly, he made a special guest appearance on our two-part Eisenhower/Nimitz road trip documentary that came out last year.
Did Woodrow Wilson Go Insane after the Great War? with Patrick Weil
Patrick Weil joins the podcast to discuss Woodrow Wilson's sanity during the process of trying to ratify the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. His book, The Madman in the White House, addresses the psychobiography of Wilson written by Ambassador William Bullitt and Dr. Sigmund Freud and how they came to their conclusion - based on the testimony of many others who were close Wilson at the time - and the use of Freud's psychoanalysis.
Patrick Weil is an Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Fellow at Yale Law School and a research professor at the National Center for Scientific Research in France. He is the founder and president of Libraries Without Borders. He is also the author of The Sovereign Citizen, How to Be French, and his latest - The Madman in the White House: Sigmund Freud, Ambassador Bullitt, and the Lost Psychobiography of Woodrow Wilson.
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The Man Who Created America's Cold War Policy with Frank Costigliola
George F. Kennan was one of the most influential and important American diplomats of the 20th century. His 1946 Long Telegram and 1947 Mr. X article in Foreign Affairs initiated America's Containment Policy against the Soviet Union during the entirety of the Cold War. Frank Costigliola, author of the new biography on Kennan and a foreign policy expert, joins the show to discuss Kennan's influence, the Containment Doctrine, and the current military crisis between Russia and Ukraine.
Frank Costigliola is a board of trustees distinguished professor of history at the University of Connecticut. He is the former president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, and NATO. His books include The Kennan Diaries; Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances; Awkward Dominion: American Political, Economic and Cultural Relations with Europe, 1919-1933; France and the United States: The Cold Alliance since World War II; and his latest, Kennan: A Life between Worlds.
Is America Conducting a National Suicide?
The most efficient to creating a monopoly is to secure government assistance that blocks competition from entering a specific economic arena. This can lead to a lack of economic opportunity and growth individually and corporately, but what happens when private industry and the government coordinate against the people's liberty - the liberties enshrined in the Constitution? Big Tech, Mass Media, Big Pharma and other massive corporations have been working in sync with Local, State, and Federal entities to crack down on freedom of speech, freedom of worship, and the freedom to choose. Is America in the process of committing suicide by destroying all it has built over its history? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss on the podcast.
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The Barbary Pirates and an Unsung American Hero
Des Ekin has uncovered an American who deserves to be discussed among the many heroes (and anti-heroes) of early America. Ekin, the author of the new book "The Lionkeeper of Algiers," joins the podcast to discuss the battles with the Barbary Pirates during the late 18th and early 19th centuries in America and the subject of his book, James Cathcart - a young sailor who has all the makings of Rick from the film Casablanca. Leave a LIKE and a COMMENT if you enjoyed this episode. WEBSITE: https://www.thesonsofhistory.com/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/thesonsofhistory/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/sonsofhistory FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheSonsOfHistory/#barbarypirates #earlyamerica #americanhistory
Is Our Government the One Our Founding Fathers Feared?
The Federalists promised that the federal government would only go so far in its authority. Over time, the government housed in Washington D.C. has continued to grow and expand, swallowing up more and more power from the 50 states and its citizens. The Sons of History discuss how several amendments have contributed to these power grabs, what States should do in response, and how Americans should compare the current governmental status with that of what the early Americans fought against with Great Britain.
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How Ancient Greece’s Wars Helped Preserve Democracy with Steve Kershaw
The great battles of Ancient Greece and Persia are interesting no matter what century you live in. Stephen Kershaw is a leading scholar on the subject of Ancient Greece and is a classics professor at Oxford University. We discuss the three battles of Marathon, Thermopylae and Salamis and how those outcomes altered the course of history.
Steve Kershaw is editor of The Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology. He earned his PhD at Bristol University under the supervision of Professor Richard Buxton, one of the world’s leading scholars on Greek mythology. Professor Kershaw currently teaches at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. He is the author of Greek Myths and Legends: Tales of Heroes, Gods & Monsters; Mythologica; Barbarians: Rebellion and Resistance to the Roman Empire; A Brief History of Atlantis: Plato’s Ideal State; A Brief History of the Roman Empire; A Brief Guide to Classical Civilization; A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths; and the recent The Harvest of War: Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis: The Epic Battles that Saved Democracy.
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The Many Things You Don’t Know About the End of the Pacific War with Barrett Tillman
World War II in the Pacific ended in August of 1945 after America dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. But what are the details that led to the end of the war? How much do we know about the decisions made, the missions run, and the uncertainties left? Barrett Tillman, author of “When the Shooting Stopped: August 1945,” joins the podcast to discuss those very things and so much more. Learn all you can about the end of the greatest conflict in human history.
Barrett Tillman is an author of countless works including The Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine; Enterprise: America's Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II; Corsair: The F4U in World War II and Korea; Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942-1945; Clash of The Carriers: The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II, which he co-authored with Stephen Coonts; and his latest When the Shooting Stopped: August 1945.
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Pushing Back on Woke Comics with Rippaverse Comics Creator Eric July
Are you tired of the woke agenda in comics, like Marvel and DC? The culture war has been ongoing and Eric July is mounting an assault on the comic book world that looks to move comics back to good stories, great characters, and a universe that actually makes sense. July is the founder and creator of Rippaverse Comics, and his first comic "Isom" has taken the comic world by storm. He joined the show to discuss the current woke trends in comics and comic hero movies, how the big corporations like Disney are ruining what was once a great thing, and how "Isom" has far exceeded even his expectations.
Eric July is the creator of YoungRippa59 on YouTube, the front man for the metal band Backwordz, and the creator of Rippaverse Comics.
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Caesar, Cato, and How Partisanship Destroyed the Republic with Josiah Osgood
Historians often point to the similarities between Rome and America. Both are republics. One fell and the other appears to be on its way. How much did partisan politics impact the demise of the Roman Republic? Josiah Osgood, historian and author of “Uncommon Wrath: How Caesar and Cato’s Deadly Rivalry Destroyed the Roman Republic,” joins the podcast to discuss how two great and influential politicians ruined a really good thing.
Josiah Osgood is Professor of Classics at Georgetown University. He has published several books including, Caesar's Legacy: Civil War and the Emergence of the Roman Empire (Cambridge, 2006), Turia: A Roman Woman's Civil War (Oxford, 2014), Rome and the Making of a World State, 150 BCE - 20 CE (Cambridge, 2018), How to Stop a Conspiracy: An Ancient Guide to Saving a Republic by Sallust; and his latest Uncommon Wrath: How Caesar and Cato’s Deadly Rivalry Destroyed the Roman Republic.
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Why Do Americans Love Crony Capitalism? with guest Thomas DiLorenzo
How come so many Americans suddenly accept crony capitalism? Thomas DiLorenzo, author and senior fellow at The Mises Institute, joins the podcast to discuss the varying schools of economics, the history of crony capitalism, how Americans have typically always been against it until the recent pandemic with big pharma and the shuttering of small businesses in favor of large corporations, as well as the obvious relationship between governments and the climate change community (their push to end industries, like coal and oil, as well as their push to move everyone to electric vehicles and more).
Thomas DiLorenzo is a former professor of economics at Loyola University Maryland and a member of the senior faculty of the Mises Institute. He is the author of How Capitalism Saved America; Hamilton's Curse; Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government; The Problem with Socialism; and The Problem with Lincoln.
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Where Have All the Statesmen Gone? with guest Daniel J. Mahoney
What does it mean to be a statesman and who in the past can we look to for those examples? Daniel J. Mahoney, the author of “The Statesman As Thinker,” joins the podcast to discuss why America needs more statesmen rather than politicians, and what it takes to become a statesman.
In the same vain as Plutarch's Lives, Mahoney has assembled a number of historical figures who were or became great statesmen during times of crises. We go all the way back to the end of the 18th century and venture up to the modern age. These political figures are from various regions of the world, enduring varying circumstances that made them rise to the top.
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Welcome to the End of the World…Seriously with guest Peter Zeihan
Peter Zeihan, one of today’s most prominent geopolitical strategists, has mapped out how the world as we know it is about to come to an end in his newest book "The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization." FYI: The results are not good. See which nations will crumble, which ones won’t, and which ones will do better than most. SPOILER ALERT: No nation comes out unscathed.
Why is the world as we know it coming to an end? Historical decisions have led the world's nations to this point - from population decreases to trade issues to food shortages, it appears to all be closing in now. This is why history is so important - it can help predict the future to prepare for it (at least as best as possible).
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What We've Gotten Wrong About the Hundred Years War with Dr. Michael Livingston
Understanding history is often contingent on geography. That's never more true than in military history where the location of a battle helps tell the whole story. Dr. Michael Livingston, professor at The Citadel military academy and the author of "Crécy: Battle of Five Kings," joined the podcast to discuss how centuries of hearsay and unwalked battlefields have led historians to get one of the most famous battles of the Hundred Years War wrong. Not only has this led to misunderstanding the battle, but also the entire war and its historical figures - from kings to soldiers.
What if the Battle of Crécy didn't take place where it was always thought to? How would that change our perceptions of the military tactics of the French and English? How would it change our views of its kings? And how would it change our views on one of Europe's most important and longest conflicts - The Hundred Years War? Our interview discusses all of that and more.
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A Judicial View on America’s Decline with Judge Mark Boonstra
Mark Boonstra has been a judge on the Third District of Michigan’s Court of Appeals for the past decade. He is also the author of “In Their Own Words,” a study into the words of the Founding Fathers and what they would think of the current status of America. We will be discussing his thoughts on the history of the country, the country’s current state, and where we go from here.
The third volume of the "In Their Own Words" is set to be published just before Christmas, so keep an eye out.
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How the Romans Betrayed Their Protector and Got Sacked for It with Don Hollway
We have reached the very end of Ancient Rome: AD 410. Don Hollway, the author of “At the Gates of Rome: The Fall of the Eternal City, A.D. 410,” joins the podcast to discuss his new book and what all led to the sack of Rome in this momentous year. How did Barbarian blood keep Goths and others from attaining the respect of pure blooded Roman citizens? How did that lead to the sack of the Eternal City? What were the difficulties of having the Roman Empire split in two: East and West? Who were Stilicho and Alaric and what parts did they play in this whole drama?
Don Hollway joined us last season to discuss his first book: "The Last Viking." He is a regular contributor to History Magazine, Military Heritage, Military History, Renaissance Magazine and more. He is also a history reenactor. And he has a new book that we are going to discuss: "At the Gates of Rome: The Fall of the Eternal City, AD 410."
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Landmark 2022 SCOTUS Session and the Struggle for Personal Freedom in the US with Joe Wolverton
Constitutional legal scholar and attorney Joe Wolverton joins the podcast to discuss some of the landmark decisions of the 2022 SCOTUS session. But should these cases have been brought to the court in first place? How many wrongs have to be righted before America returns to its rightful place as a federation of individual republics? Tons of history and tons of political wisdom in this discussion.
Joe is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and the author of three works: The Real James Madison; What Degree of Madness?: Madison’s Method to America States Again; and The Founders Recipe. Lastly, and I know we will discuss this, but he is the founder of Amargi Group, which offers “a comprehensive history curriculum that replaces mindless memorization of trivial facts with inspirational stories and engaging and illuminating lessons. Their principle-based courses teach students to use history as a lens through which they see a clearer image of their own time.”
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When the Keepers of History Are Cowards with Phil Magness
In this first episode of the new season, we will be discussing the fallout from AHA president James Sweet’s apology for being honest about The 1619 Project and the issues of presentism. The issues of presentism are glaring and it undermines the study of history and the integrity of those who practice it. The president of the American Historical Association, James H. Sweet, wrote a column for the AHA addressing the problem. This created an uproar and the Twitter mob came after him. The Left created such a stir that Sweet bowed to their pressure and issued an apology, which is now above the column he wrote. Phil Magness wrote an article for the American Institute for Economic Research entitled “The Suicide of the American Historical Association" about how Sweet's Soviet-style apology is a picture perfect representation of the ills we see in the industry of history.
Phillip W. Magness is the Director of Research and Education at the American Institute for Economic Research and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He holds a PhD and MPP from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, and a BA from the University of St. Thomas (Houston). His books include “Colonization After Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement”; “Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education”; and “The 1619 Project: A Critique.” He has taught public policy, economics, and international trade at American University, George Mason University, and Berry College. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Newsweek, Politico, Reason, National Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
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Returning to Self-Government Through Civics with David Randall
America's educational institutions, from secondary to post-secondary, continue to perform abysmally in teaching history and civics. In many ways, the lack of knowledge about how the republic works explains why America sits on a stack of massive problems. America's government is powered by its citizens, but ignorance - from voters to legislators - seems to be running rampant. David Randall, Director of Research at the National Association of Scholars, joins the podcast to discuss his latest study: "Learning for Self-Government: A K-12 Civics Report Card." Randall has analyzed many of today's famous and infamous history and civics lesson plans provided by schools and/or organizations. As the school year closes and a new one approaches, this is a perfect time to have this conversation.
Cicero, Caesar and the Catiline Conspiracy with Josiah Osgood
Lucius Sirgius Catiline was a Roman senator and patrician with a family lineage dating back to the Second Punic War. So why would he take the steps to conspire to have certain senators assassinated and Rome - the eternal city - burned? Historian, author, and professor at Georgetown University, Josiah Osgood, joins the podcast to discuss the famous Catiline Conspiracy and his new book "How to Stop a Conspiracy: An Ancient Guide to Saving a Republic." His book is actually translation of Sallust's famous work "The War with Catiline."
Understanding Democracy and Tocqueville with Dr. Olivier Zunz
Dr. Olivier Zunz, the James Madison Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Virginia, joins the podcast to discuss his work on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville. Tocqueville, the French diplomat, came to America in 1830 to study the country's prison system, but truly studied the American political system as a whole. From that experience, he wrote one of the most influential works: "Democracy in America." Zunz is one of the preeminent scholars on Tocqueville and we discuss how Tocqueville influenced France's political systems and how his works continue to impact the perception and understanding of our own country.
Entering World War 1: How America's Leaders Differed with Neil Lanctot
Historian Neil Lanctot joined the podcast to discuss his latest book on what led to America's eventual entrance into World War I and how various national leaders - Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Jane Addams - viewed the war and America's role. To understand how America was dealing with the issues of German submarine warfare, foreign affairs, and American isolationism, listen to Lanctot's discoveries and then go get his new book. Very much worth the read.
King Harald Hardrada: The Last Viking with Don Hollway
The Viking Age comes to an end with the death of King Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge. But who was this Viking turned mercenary turned king? Find out the life of a fascinating and brutal character of a millennia ago with historian and author Don Hollway. Hollway joins the podcast to discuss his new book "The Last Viking: The True Story of King Harald Hardrada."
Spies, Communism, and the Romanian Christmas Revolution with William Maz
William Maz, the author of the new book "The Bucharest Dossier," joins the podcast to discuss his debut spy novel centered around Romania's Christmas Revolution in 1989. There is a ton of information to learn about what life was like under the iron fist of Communism with Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu running the show. We discuss the fall and demise of the Ceausescus and what happened to Romania after the fall of Communism. Also, Maz discusses his book and how he was able to tie in the CIA, KGB, and Romania into one incredible novel.
Stalin, Putin, and Russia's Greatest Ballerina
John O'Neill, the co-author of The Devil and the Dancer, joins the podcast to discuss his latest book about Joseph Stalin and Anna Pavlova, Russia's greatest ballerina - and arguably history's greatest ballerina. The book and our discussion also ties in Vladimir Putin and the Russian's use of poisons, which dates back to the days of Stalin.
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How to Get Woke with The Babylon Bee's Joel Berry
It's a rare occasion that we don't discuss history, but this is about the future of the country, which will eventually become its history. The Babylon Bee has been keeping track satirically of the insanity constantly plaguing America and the West. Managing editor and co-author of "The Babylon Bee: Guide to Wokeness," Joel Berry, joins the podcast to discuss the book, how wokeism is destroying American institutions and Americans in general, and what the next woke agenda is. Rest assured, it is worse than terrible.
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How China's Tyranny and Push for Global Dominance Is Pre-Mao
Thousands of years before Mao ever came on the scene, the rulers of China believed in an emperor to rule the lives of everyone and everything. Emperors of China were looked on as gods and the State was looked on as the "hegemon." The "hegemon" that was the center of the earth and rightful owner of all "under of heaven." Steven Mosher, author of Bully of Asia and one of the preeminent scholars on China, joins the podcast to discuss why China is the great threat to its own people, the West, and the world.
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In Defense of Warren G. Harding with Ryan Walters
Warren G. Harding continues to find his name at the bottom of the presidential rankings. Ryan Walters, the author of "The Jazz Age President: Defending Warren G. Harding," believes his name should move up the list...way up. The Sons of History discuss why Harding is a much-maligned president, but really shouldn't be. In fact, there is a case to be made that he was one of the more successful presidents of the 20th century.
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How WWII Bomber Crews Survived Behind Enemy Lines
What was it like being in a B-17 or B-24 bomber during World War II? Better yet, what was it like being shot down and then stranded behind enemy lines? Charles E. Stanley Jr., the author of "Lost Airmen: The Epic Rescue WWII US Bomber Crews Stranded Behind Enemy Lines," joins the podcast to discuss those very questions. Learn about the many hazards of being in a bomber plane and how Americans survived in then-Yugoslavia's Sanski Most.
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The Truth about Benedict Arnold with Dr. Stephen Brumwell
Benedict Arnold. He is known as America's great traitor. Though there have been numerous traitors in the history of the US, none stands out like Arnold. But is there more than meets the eye to this disgraced general of the American Revolutionary War? Dr. Stephen Brumwell, author of "Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Liberty" and the preeminent scholar on Arnold, joins the show to shed light on a dark figure of America's past.
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Is This the End of Journalism? with Batya Ungar-Sargon
Journalism just might be dead. Why? Politics and wokeism has poisoned it. Batya Ungar-Sargon, deputy opinion editor for Newsweek, joins the podcast to discuss her latest book "Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy." We discuss the history of journalism, its current state, and why people don't trust the media.
All You Need to Know About the Saratoga Campaign
Alan Wakim goes on a deep dive into one of the most important battles of the American Revolution, and one of the most important moments in American history: the Saratoga Campaign (commonly referred to as the Battle of Saratoga). Learn about the major players, the mishaps, mistakes, and triumphs on both the American and British sides. It's all here!
Stopping the Rise of Adolf Hitler with Alan Winter
It's our first episode of the new season and Alan Winter, co-author of "Sins of the Fathers," joins the podcast to discuss the new book, how Adolf Hitler should be viewed by readers and historians, and how difficult it would be to stop the rise of Hitler (even with a second chance).
"Sins of the Fathers" is the sequel to "Wolf" that follows the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party in 1930s Germany. This historical fiction series is thoroughly researched and historically accurate, all while placing the reader right in the middle of the oncoming devastating storm. Be sure to subscribe, like, and leave a comment!
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A Naval Adventure Series and the Art of Writing Historical Fiction with James L. Haley - Author of the Putnam Series
James L. Haley, author of the naval adventure Putnam Series, joined the podcast to discuss his fourth installment in the series: "Captain Putnam for the Republic of Texas." Haley discusses the art of writing good historical fiction and why it's harder to write than nonfiction - which he has written immensely, including works on Jack London, Sam Houston, Hawaii, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Apaches.
Don't miss this episode and be sure to check out Haley's Putnam Series - a great Christmas gift idea.
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