Little known ‘Mike Jones fact’ – I originally went to college to get a history degree and eventually teach in the university. God had different plans for me and after two years of studying history, I pivoted into graphic design and quickly working fulltime as a creative professional

But all these years later, I still love learning about history through books and podcast. Here are some of the most impactful, helpful, and interesting to me. If you want to grow in your understanding of the where we’ve been as human beings (and perhaps learn where we’re headed) these are worth a read (or a listen).

I’ll keep updating this over time with other books I’ve found helpful in my own development as well as add reviews so keep this post saved or jump on my newsletter list. (Yes, all the book links are Amazon affiliate – so if you’re feeling generous, snag a couple of these for yourself or a friend.)

History Books

History Podcasts

  • Revolutions by Mike Duncan (literally hundreds of episodes covering major revolutions such as the English Revolution, American, French, various Latin American ones, and Russian revolution). Most episodes are 30ish minutes each but easy to binge multiple in a row.
  • Fall of Civilizations – a great overview of various civilizations in history, how they progressed and finally fell. Each episode covers one civilization in about 3ish hours.
  • Presidential – a survey of American presidents, from Washington through Trump. A great historical overview with each episode focusing on one president.
  • More Perfect (by Radiolab) – an fascinating look at the Supreme Court and it’s trajectory as a growing influence in American law, government, and society since the founding of the US Constitution.
  • History of Rome by Mike Duncan – another great series (nearly 200 episodes) covering the full history Rome – from the legendary first 7 kings, through the republic, to the empire, up until the fall of the Western half of the empire. I pretty much only listened to this podcast on commutes for like 3 months, it was so good.
  • The History of Byzantium – developed by a fan of Mike Duncan’s History of Rome podcast, this series follows on with the history of the Byzantine empire after the fall of the Western Roman empire. Each episode is roughly 20-30 minutes each and there are over 250 episodes. Quite an in-depth project!

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