CWW: Kleos – Death & Glory
Classical Wisdom / October 7, 2015

October 7, 2015 – It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly — bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. This week, we dive into the book that kicked it all off — the first true classic in the history of Western literature — Homer’s The Iliad. Along the way, we examine the epic’s leading man, Achilles, and his pursuit of kleos (eternal glory). What does it mean to be a hero? The answer might just surprise you. Your guide to through the classical landscape is Van Bryan, Associate Editor of Classical Wisdom Weekly. You can catch Classical Wisdom Wednesday every week before your first cup of coffee, right here on the History Author Show. Classical Wisdom Wednesday.  It’s ancient wisdom for modern (midweek morning) minds. Read the Full Story: Kleos: Death and Glory. Podcast: Download (Duration: 9:36 — 8.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Jonathan Sandys – God and Churchill
World Leaders / October 6, 2015

October 6, 2015 – How did Winston Churchill overcome so many personal, financial and professional setbacks to lead the United Kingdom to victory during its darkest hour, when the Empire nation stood alone against Hitler? The answer may surprise you, and that’s the focus of a new book. It’s God & Churchill: How the Great Leader’s Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours. More than a spiritual biography, God & Churchill recounts a deeply personal quest for Jonathan Sandys, Winston Churchill’s great-grandson. Along with co-author and former White House staffer Wallace Henley, Jonathan discovers how again and again, Churchill turned his eyes up to find strength here on earth. Previous books have ignored the role of faith in the Greatest Briton’s life, or dismissed his invocations on behalf of “Christian civilization” as mere rhetoric. Now, for the first time, God & Churchill debunks that myth and inspires us with a Sir Winston who remains a role model today, as we seek to unite the world in the face of the heirs to Hitler’s nihilistic creed. UPDATE: It’s with a heavy heart I report that Jonathan Sandys — a man I was proud to call friend…

James Shapiro – The Year of Lear
Classics / October 5, 2015

October 5, 2015 – On this episode, we visit the theaters, throne rooms and taverns of London 400 years ago, as seen through the eyes of William Shakespeare. History Author Show correspondent Stephen Bedford met our guide to Jacobian London in the shadow of the immortal bard’s statue in Central Park. He is renowned Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro, professor of English of Columbia University. His book is The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. That was a particularly chaotic year in England with King James’ ascension and the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot. But this atmosphere of crisis inspired Shakespeare, and he went on to produce three of his greatest tragedies that year: King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra. Professor Shapiro is historical adviser at New York City’s Public Theater, Governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and frequent BBC commentator. He is also the author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? You can find him at Podcast: Download (Duration: 43:10 — 39.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More