Untangling history’s greatest controversies

Every month, host Zach Cornwell takes a hard look at the historical conflicts that raise difficult questions, stoke controversy, and send our moral compasses spinning.

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Tank battles, Cold War politics, and nuclear alerts. This is the epic conclusion of a two-part series on the Yom Kippur War. On October 6th, 1973, Egypt and Syria launch a brilliant surprise attack on the nation of Israel. Golda Meir struggles to restrain her generals from unleashing doomsday weapons, and Dr. Henry Kissinger navigates the perilous world of Cold War diplomacy in hopes of bringing the conflict to a swift end. Even Nixon makes an appearance.


Morse, David R. Kissinger and the Yom Kippur War. 2015.

Boyne, Walter J. The Two O’clock War. 2002.

Blum, Howard. The Eve of Destruction. 2003.

Klagsbrun, Francine. Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel. 2017.

Herzog, Chaim. The War of Atonement. 1975.

Charles Rivers Editors. The Yom Kippur War. 2017.

Abraham Rabinovich. The Yom Kippur War. 2004.

Bregman, Ahron. The Spy Who Fell To Earth. 2016.

Oren, Michael B. Six Days of War. 2002

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The Third Temple

he Yom Kippur War of 1973 has been described as the greatest military intelligence failure since Pearl Harbor. This is the story of how a surprise attack almost destroyed the nation of Israel. (Part One)
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Showdown at the Ikedaya Inn

On June 5th, 1864, the Shogun’s secret police raced against time to foil a sweeping terrorist plot in Kyoto. The ensuing bloodbath would have far-reaching consequences for the future of Japan.
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Pardon My French

The Marquis De Sade was a pariah in his time, a monster on the page, and a genius in death. But what crimes did the namesake of “sadism” actually commit? Where did his real-life appetites end…and his literary fantasies begin? (Explicit, obviously)
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McNamara's Boys

How the US government deliberately sent thousands of mentally-disabled men into combat during the Vietnam War. A bonus episode and companion to Episode 12: "The Good Guys".
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Zach Cornwell

Host, Producer, Writer
An advertising creative by trade and a history enthusiast at heart, Zach is the creator, writer, and producer of the show. Hailing from Dallas, TX, he’s most at ease with a book in one hand and a brisket taco in the other. 

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