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The creator of the massively popular, award-winning podcast series The History of Rome brings to life the story of the tumultuous years that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic.
The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world.
But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled. Almost as soon as they had conquered the Mediterranean, Rome became engulfed in violent political conflicts and civil wars that would destroy the Republic less than a century later.
Chronicling the years 133-80 BCE, The Storm Before the Storm is a rollicking deep dive into the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that defined a dangerous new political environment - a stark warning for modern listeners about what happens to a civilization driven by increasing economic inequality, political polarization, and ruthless ambition.
©2017 Mike Duncan (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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By Anonymous User on 11-02-17

A masterful and relevent book.

I powered through this book in only a few days and sessions. I am already a big fan of Mike Duncan's previous work on History of Rome and Revolutions. This seems like a natural and logical extension of his work. As he points out this is an understudied period of Roman History often only mentioned as a prelude to the stories of Caesar, Pompey, and Crasus. As Mr. Duncan points out in the intro to his book many peoplr including himself (myself included) see comparisons and similarities between Rome and the contemperary US. This book covers the events of the era I find most similar to our current political situation. Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it, and it is clear the Mike Duncan takes this to heart and was cognisent of it while writing this book.
Ever true to his witty and relatable style, his book is a must read for fans of Roman history and those concerned about current political and societal trajectoies.
It gets an absolute reccomendation from me.

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By Aria on 11-14-17

Interesting, albeit a bit dry

This is a very well-researched book, and if you’re already interested in Roman history, and have an active imagination, you’ll really enjoy the read. Unfortunately, while the story is dramatic, the writing is a bit dry. This is like a fantastic lecture from a great professor, but it’s still a lecture. Overall, I learned a ton, and I’d recommend this to any lover of history, but perhaps not someone new to nonfiction writing.

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By Magnus on 10-29-17

A fantastic story

Fantastic story on roman revolution written and read by one of my favorite podcasters.

The author has the last years had two podcasts, one on the "History of Rome" and "Revolutions" the man is a master in the art of telling history as an exiting story, where you'll learn a lot!

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By borodude on 10-25-17

7 minutes to 11 hours...

Mike's come a long way since his first 7 minute podcasts, and it's been an informative, enjoyable journey with him as his confidence (and family grew).
People like this deserve to be supported and nurtured, which I have in my own little way via Mike's occasional fund drives.
Measured and informative, entertaining and enlightening, Mike has been hitting my history itch for around - 10 years? - now.

Here's to 10 more...

Well done Mike.

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By Julien on 10-28-17

History for everyone

Mike got me hooked on Podcasts with his wonderful History of Rome. This book continues his enjoyable and accessible sharing of the lessons history provides for us. It addresses a period of Rome that fascinates me as it underpins the causes that allow for Augustus and the Roman Empire in a detail I had been looking for but hadn't previously found. Thanks Mike for a great book.

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By Optimus Opus on 01-05-18

Great to hear from old friends from the history of Rome

Mike really reproached these topics with a more narrow focus on the larger issues then was done in the podcasts. His increase in experience since those original podcasts shows and it was a struggle not to listen to the whole book in one sitting! An awesome book that is probably more relevant then ever!

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