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The End is Always Near

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From the creator of the wildly popular podcast comes Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: History at the Extremes.

Dan Carlin has created a new way to think about history. His award-winning podcast is revered for its unique blend of high drama, enthralling narration, and Twilight Zone-style twists. A political commentator, Carlin approaches history like a magician, em
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 29th 2019 by William Collins
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Alex Sarll
I don't really do podcasts; as a rule, I'd rather read something at my own speed than listen to it. So when a noted podcaster, here of Hardcore History, has the courtesy to transfer to my preferred format, it seems only fair that I should take a look at the result. Alas, it does not get off to a good start; the preface is only ten pages long but I still lost count of the number of times he says that considering the idea our civilisation could collapse, as so many have in the past, seems like som ...more
Joe Thomas
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The End Is Always Near - a rather pessimistic, but oddly fitting, title for a book about some of the key moments in human history. I confess never having listened to Dan’s podcast, but the concept here grabbed me straight away - an exploration of some the most catastrophic (or near catastrophic) moments in human history, from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Plague, the destruction of the Assyrian Empire to the use of atomic weapons.

The thread - the moments we got near to human destruction -
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Garrett
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Sep 24, 2019
Michael Gray
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Equal parts fascinating and terrifying! As with his amazing podcast, Dan Carlin has a knack for putting major historical events in the context of the average contemporary, and then bringing it back to today so that one can imagine what it (the Black Death, the fall of Assyria or Rome, the cold war, etc) must have felt like at the time. I found myself staying up reading it as if it was a fiction thriller simply because of how awestruck I was with some of the stories.

Though relatively dark (see t
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Dan Carlin is an American political commentator, amateur historian, and podcaster. Once a professional radio host, Carlin eventually took his show to the Internet, and he now hosts two popular independent podcasts: Common Sense and Hardcore History. Carlin broke into the television news business in Los Angeles in the late 1980s. He has worked as a television news reporter, an author, a columnist, ...more