Award-winning history podcaster Mike Duncan visits with a book that is causing something of a storm, not only because its title is The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic (Public Affairs).
"Never has a book about history that's two millennia old been so timely. Duncan, in the sort of narrative prose that caused his podcasts to electrify history lovers everywhere, tells the story of the decay of Republican Rome-and its contemporary relevance drips off every page. The Storm Before the Storm has everything from vividly portrayed populist demagogues exploiting economic and social inequality to the failure of calcified republican institutions to adapt to changing circumstances. You'll learn as much about the problems we face today from this book as from any Newspaper.” - Benjamin Wittes.