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Giants of History

Here at Giants of History, we produce a weekly biographical podcast that explores history’s most fascinating figures from cradle to grave. In each series, we strive to highlight the best stories and most monumental moments in each subject’s respective life. Our goals are to entertain our listeners, as well as provide inspiration through education.

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Cleopatra: The Assassination of Julius Caesar | Sic Semper Tyrannis

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In this thirteenth and final episode in part one of our series on Cleopatra, we explore in great detail the assassination of Julius Caesar, as well as the impact his death had on Cleopatra’s immediate future, and ultimately, her life.  We hope you enjoy! For exclusive access to “Giants of History | Stories” which are extra, all new full length episodes of Giants of History, visit Patreon.com/giantsofhistory. This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com.  Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Gohistorypodcast.com | @giantshistory | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com Please visit our website at gohistorypodcast.com for more information and to sign up for our email newsletter

39mins

5 Sep 2018

Rank #1

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John D. Rockefeller: Birth of a Capitalist

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In this first episode of a three part series, we explore the rough and humble beginnings of America’s most legendary capitalist, John D. Rockefeller.  His early years are anything but typical, but a tough living situation forces him to develop a skill set that he’ll find very useful later in life.  Also, an early experience with money proves a revelation for the young Rockefeller and sets him on his path.  We hope you enjoy! This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com

25mins

30 Nov 2016

Rank #2

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Leonardo da Vinci: Disciple of Experience

Welcome back all history fans, to the Giants of History Podcast! In our second series, we study and explore one of the most famous people to ever walk the Earth...Leonardo Da Vinci! In episode #1, we cover Leonardo’s life from birth up until the age of thirteen, just before he enters the studio of Verrocchio to formally begin his apprenticeship in Florence. We hope you enjoy! www.gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com

28mins

31 Aug 2015

Rank #3

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Cleopatra: Queen of Egypt | Gods Against Her

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In this fourth episode of our series on Cleopatra, we explore Cleopatra’s first three years as Pharaoh of Egypt and the power struggle that rages between her and her younger brother and co-ruler, Ptolemy XIII.  We hope you enjoy! This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com

26mins

5 Dec 2017

Rank #4

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Cleopatra: The Crown | The Conspiracy

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In this eleventh episode of our series on Cleopatra, we explore the events leading up to the assassination of Julius Caesar and some of the conspirators who spearheaded the charge.  We hope you enjoy! All new episodes of the show are now available at www.patreon.com/giantsofhistory This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Gohistorypodcast.com | @giantshistory | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com

27mins

20 Jun 2018

Rank #5

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Cleopatra: Daggers & Dinner | The Soothesayer

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In this twelfth episode of our series on Cleopatra, we continue to explore the events leading up to the assassination of Julius Caesar, including the many bad omens that appeared as the Ides of March approached.  We hope you enjoy! For exclusive access to “Giants of History | Stories” which are extra, all new full length episodes of Giants of History, visit Patreon.com/giants of history. This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com.  Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Gohistorypodcast.com | @giantshistory | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com Please visit our website at gohistorypodcast.com for more information and to sign up for our email newsletter Editor’s Note:  Many of the quotes used in this episode are from Barry Strauss’ book “The Death of Caesar.”  Mr. Strauss is mistakenly referred to as “Robert Strauss” during one of those references

31mins

30 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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Leon Trotsky: The Assassination of a Revolutionary

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In this episode, we explore the incredible and violent story of the assassination of one of history’s most influential revolutionary figures… Leon Trotsky. This is a plot line right out of a novel with twists and turns that are too unbelievable to be real… We hope you enjoy! This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by: audibletrial.com/history   Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Twitter: search “Giants of History” Gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com Please visit our website at gohistorypodcast.com for more information and the complete book list used to research this program. 

32mins

18 Feb 2016

Rank #7

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John D. Rockefeller: Job Day | Beat the Streets

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In the second episode of a three part series, we explore the ups and downs in the life of the young John D. Rockefeller… and it would be one of these down times that would serve as the catalyst for Rockefeller’s entry into business and put him on his path to wealth and riches beyond imagination.  We hope you enjoy! This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com

21mins

6 Dec 2016

Rank #8

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Theodore Roosevelt: Fighting is Fun

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In our third episode of the Theodore Roosevelt series, Roosevelt returns from the Badlands and runs his first major campaign for Mayor of New York.  His writing career also takes off giving him an element of celebrity in the US and abroad.  He then focuses his energies on hunting down and ending corruption, first in Washington as a Civil Service Commissioner, then in New York as Police Commissioner.  Visit us at gohistorypodcast.com for a complete list of the books and resources used in the research of the program. 

33mins

6 Jul 2015

Rank #9

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John D. Rockefeller: Servant to Master

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In this third episode of a now four part series, we explore Rockefeller’s first three years as a bookkeeper in the business world…a time which he would later refer to as his “apprenticeship”.  But Rockefeller has bigger plans for himself as we shall see, and his time as a bookkeeper at Hewitt & Tuttle proves to be the perfect training ground for the future king of capitalism.  We hope you enjoy! This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com

28mins

21 Dec 2016

Rank #10

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Cleopatra: Face to Face with Caesar | A Formidable Mind

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In this third episode of our series on Cleopatra, we explore the famous first meeting of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, as well as the places and experiences that forged her formidable intellect and education.  We hope you enjoy! This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com

38mins

13 Nov 2017

Rank #11

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Theodore Roosevelt: War Ready | An American Hero

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In our fourth episode of the Theodore Roosevelt series, Roosevelt returns once again to Washington, this time as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.  But soon after, the United States goes to war with Spain over their occupation of the island of Cuba.  Roosevelt thus resigns his post to volunteer in the army and lead a regiment that would come to be known as the "The Rough Riders" down to Cuba so that he can finally have his opportunity to experiene glory in battle.  Please visit us at gohistorypodcast.com for a complete list of the books and resources used in the research of this program.

40mins

13 Jul 2015

Rank #12

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Cleopatra: First Impressions | Family & Filicide

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In the second episode of our series on Cleopatra, we explore Cleopatra’s family and aspects of her early childhood.  We hope you enjoy! This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com

25mins

25 Oct 2017

Rank #13

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Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln's Famous Failures | The Power of Perseverance

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In this episode, we explore one of the greatest Presidents in United States history Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln’s life is a study in the power of perseverance, and nowhere is that power better put on display then in reviewing a list that has become legendary in this day and age, and that is the list of “Lincoln’s Famous Failures.”  There is so much to be learned from Lincoln and this lesson is one that certainly transcends generations and time.  We hope you enjoy! This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com Please visit our website at gohistorypodcast.com for more information and to sign up for the email newsletter

15mins

21 Oct 2016

Rank #14

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Pablo Picasso: Suicide in Paris | A Blue Story

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In our first ever stand-alone episode, we explore one of the most impactful stories in all of art history, and at the centerpiece of the narrative, is the one and only, Pablo Picasso. Visit the website at gohistorypodcast.com to see the complete list of books and resources used in the research of this show, as well as to view all the paintings that the events in this story inspired.  It is truly incredible

33mins

13 Aug 2015

Rank #15

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Winston Churchill: The Great Escape | Part 1

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! This episode is the first in a short series that covers one of the greatest escape stories in modern history…and the hero of this story is none other, than Winston Churchill. We hope you enjoy! For exclusive access to “Giants of History | Stories” which are extra, all new full length episodes of Giants of History, visit Patreon.com/giantsofhistory Gohistorypodcast.com | @giantshistory | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com

26mins

30 Nov 2018

Rank #16

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Leonardo da Vinci: Florence | The Apprentice

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In our second episode of the Leonardo Da Vinci series, Leonardo has left Vinci to enter the studio of Verrocchio as a formal apprentice.  For the next ten years he works through his apprenticeship refining his skill set and becoming a reputable artist in his own right.  Enjoy the ride! gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com

32mins

8 Sep 2015

Rank #17

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Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm | Scars

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In our first episode of 2016, we explore a formative event in the wild life of the seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. This story is titled “Scars” and it is the first of two stories that will be shared about Jackson as we kick off back the show. We hope you enjoy! This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by: audibletrial.com/history   Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook Twitter: search “Giants of History” Gohistorypodcast.com | @gohistorypodcst | gohistorypodcast@gmail.com Please visit our website at gohistorypodcast.com for more information and the complete book list used to research this program. 

20mins

20 Jan 2016

Rank #18

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King Louis XVI: Portrait of an Execution

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In our second standalone episode, we follow King Louis XVI of France through the last eighteen hours of his life, from the moment he is issued his sentence by the revolutionary government of France, to his tearful farewell to his family, to his last seconds on the scaffold.  All this is learned from the primary source account written by Henry Essex Edgeworth, the King’s final priest and confessor. Please visit our website at gohistorypodcast.com for more information and the complete book list used to research this program. 

35mins

24 Aug 2015

Rank #19

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John D. Rockefeller: Black Gold | Bold Move

Welcome back all history fans to the Giants of History Podcast! In this fourth episode of a now five part series, we explore the big pivot Rockefeller makes into the oil refining business.  And amidst a number of competitors in the market, Rockefeller’s business acumen quickly finds a way to elevate his refinery over all the others.  But another bold move is soon on the horizon for Rockefeller, and he puts all his skills to use in order to see his vision for the business realized.  We hope you enjoy! This episode of Giants of History was brought to you by Audible.com Visit audibletrial.com/history to download your free audiobook

27mins

6 Jan 2017

Rank #20