"Mike Duncan's popular podcast, The History of Rome and Revolutions, packed facts, dry humor and historical parallels into easily digestible 20-minute episodes. His new book, The Storm Before The Storm, focuses on the decades that led up to the fall of the Republic. From income inequality to questions about who does and doesn't deserve citizenship to the rise of populism, it's consistently surprising how the issues we're facing today were relevant two millennia ago. And if you're worried about those parallels, this book provides a dose of reassurance. We're divided, but hey, at least we're not laying siege to our political rivals' cities just yet!"—Scott Detrow, NPR, Best Books of 2017
"Remarkably engaging."—Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post
"Disentangles well some complex events others neglect."—Wall Street Journal
"This companionable and sprightly book captures the political drama and human passion of that extraordinary story."
"Marvelous... A highly enjoyable historical narrative that reads almost like a modern political thriller."—New York Journal of Books
"A stark warning about what can happen to a civilization that has lost its way."—Smithsonian Online
"The Storm Before the Storm is massively entertaining and relevant to our own time. All times, in fact. War, politics, money, power, corruption, and class warfare seem to overwhelm the republican Roman political system and the results are horrifying. Huge personalities like Marius and Sulla cast a large shadow, but forces beyond anyone's control seem to drive the narrative. A chilling reminder of what can happen in any republic. Masterfully told."—Dan Carlin, host of Hardcore History podcast