Please enjoy this one-man table read of the pilot script I've been writing for a proposed TV series based on Hero of Two Worlds.


For all the details on the paperback tour in September click here:

For tickets to the October dates:

Oct. 3 Austin TX @ Paramount Theater

Oct. 4 San Francisco @ Palace of Fine Arts

Oct. 5 Seattle @ Town Hall

Oct. 25 Chicago @ Vic Theater

Oct. 26 Boston @ The Wilbur

Oct. 27 Washington DC @ Lisner Auditorium

Oct. 29 Newark NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center


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Oct. 3 Austin TX @ Paramount Theater

Oct. 4 San Francisco @ Palace of Fine Arts

Oct. 5 Seattle @ Town Hall


Oct. 25 Chicago @ Vic Theater

[Update: Presale Doesn’t appear to be working. But they’ll go on sale tomorrow for sure]

Oct. 26 Boston @ The Wilbur

Oct. 27 Washington DC @ Lisner Auditorium

Oct. 29 Newark NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center


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For all the details on the paperback tour click here:

More info on the October speaking performances as soon as we have firm dates/times/tickets.

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See you on the other side.

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So dizzy. So much success.

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To be in power, or not to be in power, that is the question...

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After one hundred episodes, you might agree!

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It's a faaaaaaaaaaaaaaake.


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Forward in the USSR

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There's no business like show business.

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You know we're covering an upbeat period of history when the title of the episode is "Starving To Death"

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Tbh, it's bit like one of those "circle five differences in these two pictures that otherwise seem identical" games.

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When the old policies aren't working...try new policies!

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Poetically, or ominously, coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the Paris Commune...

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[Insert Spider-Man meme here]

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So close yet so far away.

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Why stop fighting when you can keep fighting?


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Spoiler Alert in the title.

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To Moscow!


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Nestor Makhno thy time has come.


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All power to the Soviets!*

*The Communist Party


APRIL 30, 2022: Live Performance at Coletivo in Milwaukee.

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There *was* a revolution in Germany. But it wasn't like the revolution in Russia.


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The end of WWI was a pretty big deal all things considered.


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But is it though?


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Time to tie up some loose ends.


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Hey it was worth a shot. Well, actually, probably not.

Register for digital book talk with me and Jonathan Katz on his new book: Gangsters of Capitalism Jan 18 w/ Politics and Prose.



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Time to play the wild card.

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Time to head into the final lap...

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What's better than war and peace? Neither war nor peace!

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Dance dance revolution.


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Can anyone guess which one Lenin and the Bolsheviks will choose? 

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The Bolsheviks caught the car. Now they had to figure out what to do with it.

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We made it.

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Wherein we keep moving toward the October Revolution by progressing halfway to halfway to halfway to halfway...

Link: Event w/ Dr. Faith Hillis for her book Utopia's Discontents.

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Comrade Lenin says don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Link to details on the talk/signing in Pasadena!

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Links to tour details...

Minneapolis Oct 11: Magers and Quinn

Naperville Oct 12: Anderson's Bookshop

Madison/Verona Oct 13: Kismet Books

Milwaukee Oct 14: Boswells Book Company

Pasadena Oct 27: Vromans Bookstore

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Links to details...

Main page (scroll down):

Minneapolis: Magers and Quinn

Chicago: Anderson's Bookshop

Madison: Kismet Books

Milwaukee: Boswells Book Company

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Not a political plot. A sitcom plot.


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When you come at the king, best not miss.


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Don't put all your eggs in one basket, folks.


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April 1917 reminds us sometimes foreign affairs DO matter in domestic politics.


The H2W related podcast appearances I mentioned:

  1. Based on a True Story with Dan LeFebvre. Great chat about Lafayette in film and TV.
  2. KPFA's Letters and Politics with Mitch Jeserich. This one is a video!
  3. Tides of History with Patrick Wyman. More of me and Patrick being me and Patrick. So good, informative, and fun.
  4. My History Can Beat Up Your Politics One of the O.G. podcasts. Since 2006!
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Wherein the Bolsheviks call for an Uber.

The New Yorker Article by Adam Gopnick

The New Republic Article by David Klion (Hi David!)

 CBS This Morning Segment Look ma I'm on the tee-vee.

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The February Revolution succeeded! Everything is great now!

Get tix for Hero of Two Worlds Events!

Aug 20 Politics and Prose with Jamelle Bouie

Aug 23 Midtown Scholar with Ben Rhodes

Aug 24 The Strand with Alexis Coe

Aug 31 Harvard Bookstore with Patrick Wyman.

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The Duma is about to get a new roommate: The Petrograd Soviet

Sign up fast for Hero of Two Worlds Events!

Aug 20 Politics and Prose with Jamelle Bouie

Aug 23 Midtown Scholar with Ben Rhodes

Aug 24 The Strand with Alexis Coe

Aug 31 Harvard Bookstore with Patrick Wyman.

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Good riddance to Dear Nicky.

Sign up fast for Hero of Two Worlds Events!

Aug 20 Politics and Prose with Jamelle Bouie

Aug 23 Midtown Scholar with Ben Rhodes

Aug 24 The Strand with Alexis Coe

Aug 31 Harvard Bookstore with Patrick Wyman.

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The February Revolution began on International Women's Day

Meanwhile...Lafayette Events!

Aug 20 Politics and Prose with Jamelle Bouie

Aug 23 Midtown Scholar with Ben Rhodes

Aug 24 The Strand with Alexis Coe

Aug 31 Harvard Bookstore with Patrick Wyman.

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Really should have called this episode The Verge.

Come hang out with Patrick Wyman and Me on July 22 to celbrate the launch of his book The Verge!

Pre-Order Hero of Two Worlds!

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Why get off the road to ruin when you can just stay on it?

Pre-order Hero of Two Worlds!

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You make the call.

Pre-order Hero of Two Worlds!


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Inflation and scarcity are not exactly solid foundations to base the stability of a regime.

Link: The Hero of Two Worlds bookshop map Tell us where you pre-ordered the book!

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Ok, maybe it wasn't a great war, but it *was* a great offensive.

Link: Bookstore Map (scroll down)


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Lafayette comes to America! Enjoy!

A link to pre-order the book!

A link to the map to tell us where you pre-ordered the book!

Scroll down it's at the bottom.


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When it started, everyone thought it was gonna be a regular war. But it turned out to be a *great* war.


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Wherein we finally talk about the Second International just so we can watch it die.

Sponsor: Pre-Order Hero of Two Worlds!

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War will cause another revolution? No! War will prevent another revolution.


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Confused by how events Balkans could spark a world war? Good news, you're not alone. All the Great Powers of Europe are right there with you.


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You already know a lot actually!


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Au revoir Paris.

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A rapist protected by powerful friends? Who has ever heard of such a thing?


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Why be an illiterate Siberian peasant when you can be a sought after curiosity in St. Petersburg.


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Wherein the gods hate me, but they hated Alexei Romanov even more...

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Stolypin's reforms died. Then Stolypin died.

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After re-writing election laws to ensure a Duma he could work with, Prime Minister Stolypin finally had a Duma he could work with.


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Why have two revolutions when you can have one big long revolution?


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Unity Congress more like DISunity Congress, amirite?


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Who expropriates the expropriators?


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Wherein we ask the ask the eternal question: Was it really a coup?

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To celebrate his new reform program, Prime Minster Stolypin handed out commemorative neckties. 


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They didn't get dubbed "The Duma of National Anger" because they were quiescent and complacent.


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Last time on the Revolutions Podcast...


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Wherein I explain what the heck happened to me.

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Maybe if Nicholas hadn't been so set on rejecting the verdict of 1905, there wouldn't be a Part II to look forward to.

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The Days of Freedom could be numbered in days.

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That time everyone stayed home from work. 


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When you think you're out in the front of the pack, but really you're being lapped.  


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When you pray for a miracle and all God sends is a metaphor. 

Voyage of the Damned Video

Battle of Tsushima Video

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Bloody Sunday triggered the largest popular protests the Russian Empire had ever seen.


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When people are crying out for help, maybe don't murder them in the streets. 


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The Russian Revolution of 1905 actually began in 1904. 


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What happens when you think victory will be easy, defeat will be catastrophic...and then you start to lose?

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When you can't decide whether to cultivate the revolutionary potential of the peasants or assassinate government officials, the SRs say: why not both?

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When you have a majority, flaunt it. 

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To build a fire one first needs a spark.

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Is the end nigh? Not really. But it will be soon!

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As factional disputes arose, radical Russians attempt to forge larger alliances. 


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In the 1890s Russia expanded its influence in the far east, which put them on a collision course with Japan. 


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Someone was having senseless dreams alright. 


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Relationship Status: Lenin, Plekhanov, and Martov are all on the same side. This won't always be the case.


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Why propagandize when you can agitate?


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The great Marxist meet cute.


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Narodism didn't die after 1881. It just went into hibernation. 


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If it's not radical and it's not reactionary, it must be liberal. 


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When Nicky met Alix...

Link to the Pax Britannica Interview

Link to the Eastern Border Interview


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If your nascent bourgeoisie isn't big enough or rich enough to industrialize your Empire, just call Sergei Witte. He'll know what to do. 


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Everyone know Marxism isn't applicable to Russia. What my theory presupposes is...what if it did?


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Time to start mixing the baking soda and vinegar. 

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Kids today have no respect. 


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After the disaster of the Crimean War, it was time for an era of Great Reform. 


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Really missed a chance to call this episode "The Three Pillars of Russian Absolutism.  

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In December 1825, the Decembrists became the Decembrists. 


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