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Dan Carlin is an American political commentator, actor and podcaster. Once a professional radio host, Carlin eventually took his show to the Internet, and he now hosts three popular independent podcasts: Hardcore History, Hardcore History: Addendum, and Common Sense.
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The Wizards of Armageddon
Fred Kaplan - 1991-08-01 (first published in 1983)
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Discover the untold story of the small group of strategists who shaped American nuclear policies in The Wizards of Armageddon. This book explores the secret world of these men and their plans for using the Bomb, shining a light on a chapter in history never before revealed.
Dan Carlin
It’s great. Also check out his other fantastic book “The Wizards of Armageddon” which details the attempts to get great intelligences together to try to formulate how to deal with these unbelievably powerful weapons. @fmkaplan      source
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Thunder Go North
The Hunt for Sir Francis Drake's Fair and Good Bay
Melissa Darby - 2019-10-14
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Explore the mysteries surrounding Francis Drake's famous voyage and summer sojourn in a new book. From his perilous journey to the discovery of a "Fair and Good Bay," the author dives into the comparisons between Drake's observations and early anthropological findings to present evidence that Drake actually landed on the Oregon coast, not California. With an engaging narrative, uncover the details of a 20th-century hoax that succeeded in silencing contrary evidence and calls for history to be rewritten.
Dan Carlin
Anthropologist Melissa Darby’s book “Thunder Go North” is a must for anyone into Sir Francis Drake (and who has doubts about the traditional narrative of where he landed on the North American West Coast). Did he land in Oregon?      source
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The Arc of Boxing
The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science
Mike Silver - 2008-10-16
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"The Arc of Boxing" explores the question of whether today's boxers are better than their predecessors. Boxing historians and experts discuss the socioeconomic and demographic changes that have impacted the sport's quality, popularity, and prominence over the past century. From the decline in fights to the deterioration of boxers' skills, this book analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of today's superstars, comparing them to past legends like Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson.
Dan Carlin
@D555555D I should've known this would provide some fun conversation!😂 I already answered someone else in a little more depth so I'm just gonna post this wonderful book on the subject.      source
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The Storm Before the Storm
The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
Mike Duncan - 2017-10-24
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Explore the events leading up to the fall of the Roman Republic in this engaging and informative book. Focusing on the years 146-78 BC, the author brings to life the bloody battles, political struggles, and societal issues that paved the way for the Republic's downfall. Chronicling the rise of economic inequality, corruption, and political ambition, The Storm Before the Storm provides a stark warning about the dangers of a civilization that has lost its way.
Dan Carlin
@ironlordthemad @greg_scotland @mikeduncan it's a good book! You should pick it up.      source
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The Hard Stuff
Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities
Wayne Kramer - 2018-08-14
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This memoir tells the story of legendary guitarist Wayne Kramer and his journey as the cofounder of Detroit proto-punk band The MC5. The band was a reflection of a chaotic and exciting time, touring the country and playing with music legends. Despite recording three major label albums, their time in the spotlight was short-lived. Kramer's story is a deeply personal struggle of an addict and an artist, a rebel with a great tale to tell. From the glory days of Detroit to the junk-sick streets of the East Village, and beyond, his journeyman narrative reminds us that revolution is always an option.
Dan Carlin
@crumlett @nocomply_larry I'm an MC5 fan too. Enjoyed Wayne Kramer's book (and finished re-reading it just last week...)      source
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The Remnants of War
Donovan Webster - 1998-05-12 (first published in 1996)
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Explore the haunting aftermath of wars with Aftermath. This book offers riveting and revelatory insights into how battlefields have transformed into landscapes of memory and terror. From the farmlands of France still littered with undetonated bombs and mines from WWI, to the endless field of bones near Stalingrad, and the destructive effects of America's hidden nuclear war on its own soil, Aftermath delves deep into the psychological and genetic devastation left in the wake of war. This eye-opening read excavates our darkest history, revealing that destruction of the past remains inextricably embedded in the present.
Dan Carlin
@FlashCadillac I loved that book.      source
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Inside the Third Reich
Albert Speer - 1997-04-01 (first published in 1969)
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An insider's perspective of the Nazi state. This memoir, written by Hitler's Minister of Armaments and War Production, provides a complete view of life inside Third Reich. The author, who kept Germany armed and the war machine running, offers invaluable insights into the workings of the Nazi state. The book includes B&W photos.
Dan Carlin
Isn't that book amazing? Hard to filter out the "Speer as the good Nazi" aspect of it though. You just have to be suspicious the whole time and take the revelations where you can find them.      source
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Storm of Steel
(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Ernst Junger - 2004-08-03 (first published in 1920)
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"Storm of Steel" is a savage and powerful memoir of an ordinary German soldier's experiences during World War I. This worldwide bestseller illuminates the fascination and horrors of total war through the eyes of a patriotic soldier. Jünger's unwavering bravery in defending trenches and leading raiding parties is both admirable and disturbingly self-aware. With a foreword by the bestselling author of Matterhorn, this stunning Deluxe Edition is a must-read for fans of Redeployment and American Sniper.
Dan Carlin
@Tony2pointO Has he read "Storm of Steel" By Ernst Junger? It's not very pricy might look a bit cheap (but it's an awesome read).      source
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With the Old Breed
At Peleliu and Okinawa
E. B. Sledge - 1990-10-25 (first published in 1981)
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This powerful memoir follows the firsthand experience of a Marine in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Based on notes kept secretly in a copy of the New Testament, the author captures the intensity and danger of war with unwavering honesty. Gain insight into the transformative experiences that shaped the author's emotions, mindset, and understanding of humanity.
Dan Carlin
@ferdia440 @BrunoLlorente2 @lotofsnow @HistoryTime_ that's a great book (and he was a hell of an interesting human being).      source
The Wages of Destruction by Adam Tooze