Welcome to the introductory episode of The History Cycle. In this episode I just wanted to share a bit about the direction of the show, and the type of content I will be focusing on.

Harry Truman was one of our most unlikely presidents, having had very limited political, and leadership experience he was flung into the highest help office in the country. In today’s episode I want to take a step back, and look at the first time Truman found himself having to lead, and what he learned from it.

We all have people and events in out lives that shape us into becoming who we are. In today’s episode I want to take a closer look at some of the people and events that shaped the life of Harry Truman, and to see how the shaped the man he became.

Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the most discussed historical figures of all time, yet very little attention is given to his childhood. In this episode, I try to pull back some of the layers of Napoleon, and look into his youth to see the experiences and people who shaped him into the historical giant we know today. 

The relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and her mother-in-law Sara Delano is one of the most misunderstood aspects of the Roosevelt saga.  In this episode I hope to clear the fog a bit,  and illuminate the truths of this complex relationship.