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If those who fail to remember the past are bound to repeat it, Cormac O'Brien's purpose in writing about history is more straightforward: for him, history is inherently engrossing and discovering it is its own reward. Cormac has published books on everything from natural disasters to U.S. presidents, from ancient empires to the American Civil War, bringing a distinctive voice to chapters of the human story. He has spoken at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and made appearances on CNN, NPR, The History Channel, and other venues. Born and raised in western New York State, he lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter, where he cultivates dreams of writing an epic fantasy (stay tuned!).

Presidents! (2.23 MB)

Rapping about the chief executives on NPR's Weekend Edition.

Joe Hooker vs. Bobby Lee (2.29 MB)

Talking Outnumbered on NPR. Blam! Kaboom!