Wu Chen Recommends: US History

I’m deeply interested in history. Often grossly mischaracterized as just a series of facts and recorded events, history is better viewed as a narrative, not unlike a piece of theatre. How that narrative is told and understood is extremely important to everyone, and shapes how people view and interact with the world.

US history is especially interesting to me, and this particular podcast is an excellent survey of the subject, from the civil war to the early 2000s. Professor Jennifer Burns is a professor of US history, with a particular interest in Conservative history (she’s the author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right). This lecture series, given at UC Berkeley in 2006, is very good and well worth a listen even if you are a reader in the subject.

You can also get it on iTunes!