Jack Henneman’s love of history began with his father, who was a medieval French history professor at the University of Iowa. His extensive background as a former corporate lawyer and life sciences CFO helped to hone his talents as a writer, resulting in a successful blog. Today, he’s putting his passion for history combined with his gift of writing to good use, writing and narrating a comprehensive podcast on American history called, “The History of Americans”. With a firm belief that history needs to be accessible and interesting, Jack aims to depoliticize American history.
On the podcast, Jack shares his experiences climbing the corporate ladder, which fueled his affinity for high-speed writing. Join us as he shares why private school was harder than Princeton and why history should not be cast onto the stage of good vs. evil. Most significantly, Jack highlights the importance of making history fun!
(02:19) History always begins in the middle of something
(04:22) From road trip to podcast
(10:10) Harder than Princeton
(11:21) Act 1: Corporate Law
(12:53) Jewish religious law: Gentile General Counsel
(20:23) Act 2: From CFO to CFO
(22:21) Act 3: An incomplete history of America
(26:02) A decline in interest in history
(29:10) Living out our parents’ legacy
(34:03) History needs to be exciting
To learn more about Jack’s unique perspective, connect with his podcast, “The History of the Americans”, or dive into one of his favorite books, The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, 1577-1580. Listen to more stories of people who pursued their passions in the third act of their life on Liz Tinkham’s Third Act podcast at thirdactpodcast.com. If you liked the episode, please leave a review at https://ratethispodcast.com/thirdact!