159 episodes

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

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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.

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

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

    Welcome to the end, my friends! I am powering down History in Five Minutes because I have launched a new and better show called History Unplugged.  You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Android Here’s an overview of History Unplugged: Every Tuesday through Friday I release a short episode of 5-10 minutes in length. It’s basically the […]

    • 6 min
    H5M 159 | The Man Who Avoided Drowning on the Titanic By Getting Drunk

    H5M 159 | The Man Who Avoided Drowning on the Titanic By Getting Drunk

    The sinking of the Titantic was one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Over 1,000 passengers lost their lives on the supposedly unsinkable ship. But the chief baker didn’t. He managed to survive in the frigid waters for four hours while most died of hypothermia after 15 minutes. How? By downing two bottles […]

    • 8 min
    H5M 158 | Churchill’s “Operation Vegetarian”

    H5M 158 | Churchill’s “Operation Vegetarian”

    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? […]

    H5M 157 | Churchill’s Most Controversial Cousin

    H5M 157 | Churchill’s Most Controversial Cousin

    Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. We all have an embarrassing relative. Maybe that embarrassing relative is us. But Winston Churchill’s cousin took it to a new level. She had love affairs, one of which threatened to create an international incident. Giles gets into all sorts of interesting […]

    HFM 156 | Churchill’s Affinity for Chemical Weapons

    HFM 156 | Churchill’s Affinity for Chemical Weapons

    Our guest today is Giles Milton, the host of the Unknown History Podcast. Giles is going to talk all about Churchill’s affinity for chemical weapons, something I didn’t even know was a thing. He answers all sorts of questions in this interview. Questions like: Did Churchill ever actually go forward with the use of chemical […]

    HFM 155 | Why Did British Men Wear Powdered Wigs in the 1700s?

    HFM 155 | Why Did British Men Wear Powdered Wigs in the 1700s?

      You’ve seen the look in historical dramas. You laughed at the foppish dandies that appear on Masterpiece Theater. In grade school you sneered at pictures of King George with his powdered wig, adjusting it ever so slightly while drinking a cup of tea with his pinky finger extended, wondering how he further extort colonists […]

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

Willie Ortiz ,

Great Five minutes

This is a great show that gives you very interesting events that happened in history. Best few minutes to learn a variety of historic events.Thank you!

Michael1775 ,

Must Listen to Podcast

I have listened to all 159 episodes and loved them all. I look forward to and always check for new ones. Each episode has new and little known facts about an interesting topic. Because this podcast was so good it hooded me on podcasts.
Shortly after starting to listen to this podcast I read every book that I could find by Michael Rank.

jack70508 ,

Great

I enjoy listenng to the podcast while driving. They are very interesting and informative. Thank you Mike.

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