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.
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By borodude on 25-10-17
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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Andrew on 01-11-17
Mike Duncan does it again
If you're already a fan of Mike Duncans 'History of Rome' podcasts, you already know how he manages to convey history clearly, concisesly and yet alway entertainly.
While the formula here in the book is the same, its very much of a case that 'it aint broke so dont fix it.' The result is an excellent audio book.
If you haven't come across his work, then be assured - this is late Roman Republic history presented in an accessible manner, always clear and interesting.
Not a text book by any means, but it does present the history in a way that is ideally suited to the audiobook format.
Very much recommended for anyone with an interest in history...and even those with just a passing curiousity should give it a go, as you wont find history presented better than this.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Anonymous User on 02-11-17
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 14-11-17
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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