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The Very Short Introductions Podcast

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A concise and original introduction to a wide range of subjects — from Business to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History – by the expert authors of the Very Short Introductions series. For wherever your curiosity may take you.


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4.7 out of 5 stars from 25 ratings
  • “Just read the book”

    Unfortunately this podcast is poorly produced and the format of episodes seems to be ‘I wrote a short book, so I’m not actually going to tell you anything, you should read it instead’

    Apple Podcasts
    Australiaa year ago
  • VSI Podcasts? Yes please!

    I’ve loved and benefited much from Oxford’s VSI series of books. The notion of having internationally renowned experts introduce their specialties, in “layman’s terms,” in small little books (almost booklets) that are “Very Short Introductions” is brilliant. In keeping with that innovative publishing methodology, this podcast version has the authors of these books provide an audio summary in short little 5-10 minute podcasts. It’s a fascinating adaptation of the philosophy to a new medium. more

    Apple Podcasts
    More of the world of James
    United Statesa year ago

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