170 episodes

There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.

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    • 4.6, 530 Ratings

There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
530 Ratings

530 Ratings

Moonsan82 ,

Laugh and Cry Whilst You Learn!

I love this podcast in a very masochistic way. It’s intriguing, entertaining, informative and altogether excellent. At the same time it makes me very angry and sad because of the sheer levels of bastardry people can and have managed! The sort of thing that really should be required listening for everyone, just so the world can stay informed about just how horrific people can be if society doesn’t stop them.

MBelderson ,

CliffsNotes on the World's Sh**tbags for the TLDR Generation

Robert is clearly a very talented writer. And researcher. And podcast host too. Dammit.

I only stumbled across BTB recently and it's so good that 'm now working my way through the entire catalogue. So far, even with topics I thought I knew quite well, I've learnt a lot. This is now my joint favourite podcast (alongside ’The Bugle’). It's a tribute to the effort Robert puts in that he rarely misses his target. Although, in the 'Birth of American Fascism', he did miss out on the link between Homer Simpson and the Silver Shirts—go read (or watch) Nathaniel West's 'Day of the Locust'. To date, I've played sixty plus episodes and only a few are sub-par: mostly those where Robert and his guests haven't quite grasped that what seems hiliarious when you're stoned, is dreary babble if you are listening without chemical enhancement.

Despite that, it was a stroke of genius to use guests who have no knowledge of the subject. You never feel like he’s talking down to them (or us). Because they're not often burdened by second-guessing from half-remembered history classes, the guests frequently ask penetrating questions. That said, a few try too hard. You can't be funny all the time and it sometimes backfires.

Finally, the technical quality of the production is superb. It can be a major challenge recording good audio when contributors are sometimes an entire continent away, but this show does not let you down.

mancuber ,

Very funny origin stories of very modern horrible people

Very funny origin stories of very modern horrible people

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