Books – Michael Rank http://www.michaelrank.net History. Only Not Boring. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:22:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 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. <br /> <br /> This is a great podcast if you know nothing about a topic and need a good launching point into a deeper study. Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster michaelrank5mc@gmail.com michaelrank5mc@gmail.com (Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster) Copyright © History in Five Minutes -- Learn About the Past in Minutes 2013 This podcast discusses history and looks into the lives of the most powerful dictators, insane rulers, culture shapers, all in five minutes Books – Michael Rank http://www.michaelrank.net/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/podcastimage300x300.jpg http://www.michaelrank.net/category/books/ Istanbul Weekly H5M 158 | Churchill’s “Operation Vegetarian” http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/12/05/h5m-158-churchills-operation-vegetarian/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:34:02 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2588

Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast.

Winston Churchill was not afraid to get his hands dirty. He was perfectly happy to consider chemical warfare against the Axis powers. One plan involved turning an entire island into vegetarians. What did this plot mean, and how would he enact it?

Giles explains many things in this episode, such as:

  • What exactly was “Operation Vegetarian”?
  • What was the result of this experiment?
  • How did the development of the Atomic bomb change Churchill’s strategy?
  • What ever came of Gruinard Island?

 

This episode is based on a selection from an incredible new book by Giles.

Get a copy of  Giles’s new book When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters. You can get it by clicking here.

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Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. Winston Churchill was not afraid to get his hands dirty. He was perfectly happy to consider chemical warfare against the Axis powers. Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. Winston Churchill was not afraid to get his hands dirty. He was perfectly happy to consider chemical warfare against the Axis powers. One plan involved turning an entire island into vegetarians. What did this plot mean, and how would he enact it? […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster
HFM 137 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 7 – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) http://www.michaelrank.net/2016/03/21/hfm-137-leaders-in-times-of-crisis-part-7-mustafa-kemal-ataturk-1881-1938/ Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:44:29 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2505

 

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk — the victor at the Battle of Gallipoli, Turkey’s first president, and a reformer so zealous that he replaced six centuries of Ottoman Islamic legal and cultural custom with Western practices in the space of 15 years — lost his father at the age of 7, was neglected by his family, and lacked most formal education.

Learn how he overcame these challenges to become the beloved national hero of millions of Turkish citizens.

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  Mustafa Kemal Ataturk — the victor at the Battle of Gallipoli, Turkey’s first president, and a reformer so zealous that he replaced six centuries of Ottoman Islamic legal and cultural custom with Western practices in the space of 15 years — lost his ...   Mustafa Kemal Ataturk — the victor at the Battle of Gallipoli, Turkey’s first president, and a reformer so zealous that he replaced six centuries of Ottoman Islamic legal and cultural custom with Western practices in the space of 15 years — lost his father at the age of 7, was neglected by his family, […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 15:14
HFM 128 | Europeans in the Far East Before Marco Polo http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/11/02/hfm-128-europeans-in-the-far-east-before-marco-polo/ Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:15:17 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2478

 

Marco Polo is the most famous European explorer to the Far East, but he definitely wasn’t the first. His father and uncle came there years before. And they found a small colony of Europeans who lived permanently in China.

Perhaps the most famous pre-Polo European in the Far East is William of Rubruck. This plucky monk did his best to convert the Great Khan to Christianity. He made his effort by debating Muslims and Buddhists as to which religion was the true one. See how that turns out in this week’s episode.

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  Marco Polo is the most famous European explorer to the Far East, but he definitely wasn’t the first. His father and uncle came there years before. And they found a small colony of Europeans who lived permanently in China.   Marco Polo is the most famous European explorer to the Far East, but he definitely wasn’t the first. His father and uncle came there years before. And they found a small colony of Europeans who lived permanently in China. Perhaps the most famous pre-Polo European in the Far East is William of Rubruck. This […] Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 8:58
HFM 125 | Useful Skills That People Had in the Middle Ages That We Don’t Today, Part 1: Ars Memoriae – The Art of Memory http://www.michaelrank.net/2015/10/11/hfm-125-useful-skills-that-people-had-in-the-middle-ages-that-we-dont-today-part-1-ars-memoriae-the-art-of-memory/ Sun, 11 Oct 2015 17:56:09 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2469 memorization

Think you have a good memory? The average peasant of 1,000 years ago had 10x more memorized than you ever will. Learn more about people trained in the  ars memoriae, who were living databases of information.

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Think you have a good memory? The average peasant of 1,000 years ago had 10x more memorized than you ever will. Learn more about people trained in the  ars memoriae, who were living databases of information. Like this podcast? Think you have a good memory? The average peasant of 1,000 years ago had 10x more memorized than you ever will. Learn more about people trained in the  ars memoriae, who were living databases of information. Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 6:55
5 Best Christmas Gifts For History Buffs http://www.michaelrank.net/2014/12/19/5-best-christmas-gifts-for-history-buffs/ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:12:23 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2364 Do you worry that this Christmas, your family will give you a membership to the Summer Sausage of the Month Club? (yes, that actually exists). Have no fear. If you happen to be a history buff, I have compiled a list of the five best Christmas gifts that you can pass on to your friends or family. If you are shopping for a history buff, then this list will make your life much easier. They will not be disappointed.

I have arranged these in the order from the cheapest to most expensive, depending on how extravagant you want to be.

1) History’s Most Insane Rulers – Audible Audio Edition. OK, OK, I had to include one of my own products on this list, and I promise you that this will be the only one. I only included it because it is the best-selling product of mine currently available. The audio version is a 2-hour recording narrated by professional voice actor Kevin Pierce. Learn about the eccentric reigns of Emperor Caligula, Kim Jong-Il, and 8 other megalomaniacs while in your car or at the gym!

Retail: $6.95 (only $4.99 if you buy the book and the Audio Edition together)

2)  John Adams HBO miniseries on DVD. One of my favorite series of all time. The seven-part miniseries looks at the life of our first vice president, from the Boston Massacre through the American Revolution, up to his presidency and death on the same day as Thomas Jefferson on July 4, 1826. This 8-hour-long box set is one of those rare works of historical study that doesn’t try to shoehorn in contemporary events into the past. Instead it lets history speak for itself. And what a fascinating history it is. Brilliantly acted and produced.

Retail: $16.96

3) Geno 2.0 – Genographic Project Participation and DNA Ancestry Kit. Did your ancestors join the march with Alexander the Great? Are you a direct descendant of Charlemagne or William the Conqueror? While this DNA test unfortunately won’t give you that level of precision, it will show you the migration patterns of your ancestors and your ethnic breakdown. It provides your ancestral information by accessing the database filed with the genetic information of the half million people that have participated in National Geographic’s Genographic Project. You will also learn what percentage of your genome is affiliated with specific regions of the world. Warning: not recommended if you pride yourself on being a “pure-breed” of any particular race, as you are likely in for a nasty shock!

Retail: $159.95

4) “The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World.” This course – available courtesy of the Great Courses – consists of 48 full-length lectures and is the mother of all history lessons. Professor Robert Garland of Colgate University narrates daily life for a dazzling cast of characters, from a Greek soldier marching on the front row of a phalanx to a Celtic monk running away with the Book of Kells during a Viking invasion. Available in video or audio download, or by DVD or CD.

Retail: $249.95 (Audio Download)

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 9.41.44 AM5) Men’s Skeepskin B-3 Bomber JacketYou may not know it, but these jackets played a major role in helping the Allies win World War II. This was the military-issued cold-weather flight jacket in 1934, and it kept pilots warm in their long flights over Europe in unpressurized cabins at altitudes of 30,000 feet, where temps dropped as low as 60 below zero. Without them, many a dogfight could have been lost to Nazi pilots or an Allied bombing run failed. Made from Napa leather, resistant to the most extreme cold weather. Imagine you are dropping the 101st Airborne Division over enemy lines right before D-Day, but in the coolest of style.

Retail: $595.

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HFM 097 | Cassius Marcus Clay – Abraham Lincoln’s Blue Suited, Bowie-Knife Carrying, Diplomat to Russia – and Namesake for the Famous Boxer http://www.michaelrank.net/2014/11/24/hfm-097-cassius-marcus-clay-abraham-lincolns-blue-suited-bowie-knife-carrying-diplomat-to-russia-and-namesake-for-the-famous-boxer/ Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:29:48 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2335

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.

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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   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   Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 8:33
Pre-Order ‘How Iowa Conquered the World’ for $0.99, get $59 bonus! http://www.michaelrank.net/2014/11/22/pre-order-how-iowa-conquered-the-world-for-0-99-get-59-bonus/ Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:45:04 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2337 My new book “How Iowa Conquered the World” is available for pre-order! It comes out December 1, but if you order it now, I’m throwing in my Udemy course “History of the Middle East: 600 A.D. to Today” absolutely free! This course contains over 10 hours of video lectures and normally retails for $59.

In “How Iowa Conquered the World”  find out how this underdog state

— Saved billions of people from starvation in the 20th century

— Created Silicon Valley in the 1960s and inspired the startup culture of egalitarianism and hoodies

— Decides who will win the presidential election every four years

— Was the multicultural center of America and hosted more utopian communes and transcendental meditation centers than any other place in the United States

— Created the General American English accent spoken by all actors and broadcasters. People the world over are learning to speak like an Iowan, even if they don’t know it.

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I just launched an online course on Mideast History! http://www.michaelrank.net/http://michaelrank.net/middleeastcourse Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:41:17 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2298 Dome-of-Rock-UYdemy-cover-image

I have just launched a course on Udemy.com called “History of the Middle East: 600 A.D. to Today.” It includes over 13 hours of content and lifetime access. It’s 75% for the next seven days. Click below to get your discount: https://www.udemy.com/history-of-the-middle-east-600-ad-to-today/?couponCode=50-percent-discount

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I’m giving away free audiobooks of ‘Lost Civilizations’ http://www.michaelrank.net/2014/06/19/im-giving-away-free-audiobooks-of-lost-civilizations/ Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:59:37 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2243

 

I am giving away free copies of my new audiobook ‘Lost Civilizations.’ It was narrated by professional voice actor Kevin Pierce , and he did a great job. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter – the giveaway will run until June 27.

If you entered the contest but didn’t win, you can still get a free copy of the book with a 30-day free trial with Audible. Get it by clicking here. 

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HFM 063 | Explorers that Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World, Part 5.5: Ernest Shackleton’s Daring Anatarctic Rescue of His Stranded Crew http://www.michaelrank.net/2014/03/31/hfm-063-explorers-that-pushed-the-boundaries-of-the-known-world-part-5-5-ernest-shackletons-daring-anatarctic-rescue-of-his-stranded-crew/ Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:07:22 +0000 http://www.michaelrank.net/?p=2170 Ernest Shackleton set out in a tiny 22-foot-long lifeboat with a few helpers to brave an 18-day voyage across open Antarctic sea in order to save his stranded crew. How did he manage to succeed despite the terrible odds against him?

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Ernest Shackleton set out in a tiny 22-foot-long lifeboat with a few helpers to brave an 18-day voyage across open Antarctic sea in order to save his stranded crew. How did he manage to succeed despite the terrible odds against him? Like this podcast? Ernest Shackleton set out in a tiny 22-foot-long lifeboat with a few helpers to brave an 18-day voyage across open Antarctic sea in order to save his stranded crew. How did he manage to succeed despite the terrible odds against him? Like this podcast? Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster 7:54