History Happy Hour

Episode 82: The Marquis de Lafeyette #RevNov!

Mike Duncan, author, Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution

Book cover of Hero of Two Worlds

Few can match the commitment, tenacity and career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Soldier, statesman, philanthropist, and abolitionist, Lafayette led charges, overthrew kings, and sparred with emperors. A flawed idealist, Lafayette fought for what he saw as the rights of all mankind while also enjoying the finer things in life as a member of the aristocracy.

Continuing with the Revolution November spirit, host-historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer welcome acclaimed podcaster Mike Duncan to talk about his new book: Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution. This Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap.


Mike Duncan with a map of the Pacific
Mike Duncan, the historian behind the well-known podcast “The History of Rome”, chronologically narrating the entire history of the Roman Empire, is a self-described “complete history geek”. Duncan has also authored several books, including The Storm Before the Storm. Lafayette is part of his ongoing series “Revolutions” — which so far has explored the English, American, French, and Haitian revolutions.

updated: 7 months ago

Episode 81: Lexington and Concord #RevNov!

Guest: John Bell, author, The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War

Book cover of the road to concord by JL Bell

Welcome to Revolution November! Three shows in a row about the American Revolution. This week: a tale you likely have never heard about the lead-up to the famous battles of Lexington and Concord. Discover the secret story of the role played by four stolen cannons. Both Redcoats and Patriots alike had reason to keep this hot take under wraps, and both sides succeeded well enough that the full story has never appeared until now.

Host-historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer welcome John L. Bell to talk about his new book: “The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War. ” A story of what a society, perched on the brink of war, managed to keep hidden. This Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap.


Author JL Bell

John Bell is the prolific blogger behind Boston1775 blog specializing in the history of the American Revolution in New England. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults, as well as contributing to many works including “Children in Colonial America” and “Reporting the Revolutionary War.” Growing up in a suburb of Boston, surrounded by history-rich stories, Bell has become passionate to find the stories that may never have been told before.

updated: 7 months ago

follow us: