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January’s Best History Books
They say history has a way of repeating itself. That makes understanding history even more important. Lucky for us, we never lack for informative,...
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10 Gifts For Your Favorite Civil War Buff
A century and half ago, the bloody, pitched battles that defined America occurred right here on our own soil. Both sides of the Civil War were Americans...
December’s Best New History Books
December means another year is on the books, 12 months packed with events that may wind up influencing the future in ways we can’t predict. If 2016...
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The 10 Most Important Presidential Elections in History
As we wrap up the 2016 presidential election, we can all agree on two things: one, thank god it’s over, because it was killing us; and two, it was...
Fall’s Best New History Books
Fall is a time of change, of hunkering down and preparing for the storms to come. It’s also a perfect time to consider the shared history that makes...
October’s Best New History Books
Fall is here, and summer is just a distant memory—a reminder that history marches on no matter what we do. That’s okay, because history provides fodder...
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The Fascinating Story of the War That Shaped Winston Churchill
Some lives are, simply put, unbelievable—people who would have to be fictional, except for the fact that they really existed. Winston Churchill is one of...
September’s Best History Books
We never stop making history; in just the first eight months of this year, enough has happened to inspire several new books. That isn’t to...
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7 Must-Read Books for
All the Light We Cannot See
There is a reason All the Light We Cannot See won the Pulitzer Prize last year. Actually, there are several reasons Anthony Doerr’s stunningly poetic and...
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Strange Facts About Presidential History
The first thing people might wonder upon glimpsing Grover Cleveland, Again! on a bookshelf is why in the world Ken Burns, the celebrated documentarian who...
This Summer’s Best New History Books
Summer is the time for learning new things (winter is a bad time for this—no one wants to learn anything new when the sun is only up for four hours a...
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, the Inspiration Behind the Broadway Juggernaut
In 2007, Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up a copy of Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow, in an airport bookstore. He became obsessed with it and...