The End is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses
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Listening Length 7 hours and 55 minutes
Author Dan Carlin
Narrator Dan Carlin
Whispersync for Voice Ready Release Date 29 October 2019
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank 994 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
4 in History of Civilisation
5 in 21st Century History
7 in Political Science (Audible Books & Originals)

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Djilly L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Dan’s voice and intonation
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Dan’s voice and intonation
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2020
After more than a decade of thoroughly enjoyable and educational podcasts Dan Carlin has now put his musings to paper.

I feel close to him even though I know very little about the baseball cap-wearing author. It’s because for many years I have been fascinated by his long-form monologues that are only released a couple of times per year - the longest goes on for over 9 hours! Most of Dan Carlin’s audio work I’ve heard several times by now. Ghosts of the Ostfront and the episode about Anabaptists are my personal favourites that I would highly recommend listening to if you own, or plan to read this book. Even though it’s very US-centric I also appreciate his political Common Sense podcast, that he unfortunately mothballed.

This book is essentially about the decline of civilisations and the disintegration of economic/political systems. Each chapter studies a historical disaster, its origins and examines the likelihood of reoccurrence. The book will transport the reader through a sequence of historic periods. It is mostly top down-history, as opposed to bottom-up little facts and details, that will force you to think about how the course of history could have been very different.
The overall message I guess is that most of us have an inherited (and evolutionary-required) optimistic bias. However catastrophic events have happened and will happen. The recent pandemic experience has made it clear to everyone that despite an unusual stretch of peace and property a stable, safe and sheltered existence could turn around quite rapidly.

Obviously I very much appreciate the author’s insights, his excellent, unique and passionate manner of story telling and how he manages to intertwine history with philosophy and human behaviour. Dan does thorough research on each topic, then presents his findings in a nuanced manner. However he doesn’t provide answers, he rather puts things in perspective and asks intriguing questions. I love the approach but I should perhaps warn that the author’s narrative usually requires some thought and concentration.

The individual events in the book aren’t very closely tied together except for the general narrative on top about how things could change. Moreover compared to his many hours of audio work this book is merely an overview. More like a written ‘best of’ collection of his podcasts; the Bronze age collapse, the Assyrians, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Black Death ect. The drawback of this approach is is that most topics are only touched on the surface while for the book I had expected the author to dive a little deeper into each specific topics. Yet whenever the book actually its distracts a little from the broader message. Also like all teachers and mentors Dan tends to repeat certain issues and views that are dear to him. For example nuclear war and mutual assured destruction is one of his recurring themes. So most of the topic and thoughts were familiar to me and I didn’t find the book as thought-provoking as it should be to others.

Nevertheless, it is a book that is worth reading. And I’m glad I could add it to my extensive collection of history books. Similar to some of my other favourite podcasters I would buy his book both out of interest and to support the author. Certainly in Dan Carlin’s case who has been my moral compass and guiding light in the undercroft of history for many years. As such I’m thoroughly biased in my review of this book but have nevertheless tried to provide an objective view.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Carlin but...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 November 2019
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T. M. Mccurdy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for fans of hardcore history
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2020
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Robert Goss
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Material, fresh delivery.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2020
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