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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.

History in Five Minutes Podcast Michael Rank: Historian, Writer, and Podcaster

    • Education
    • 3.1, 7 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Matilda treehouse ,

Factually inaccurate

I like the style and the topics, but Michael really needs to better fact-check some of his work!
For eg. James 1st of England was not the son of Elizabeth 1st's half sister (Mary 1st of England (Mary Tudor)) but of Mary Queen of Scots; and Richard coeur de Lion was not the grandson of William the conqueror, he was his great-great grandson!
These might seem minor points, but in history where there is so much interpretation and speculation, facts where they exist are important!

southern nomad ,

History in 5 minutes

5 minutes listening and I always learn something. Well worth a listen.

Revolution_12 ,

Not that informative

Nope.

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