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America Sped Away
This week in history: "the father of the modern political novel" is born.
Moat of Silence
This week in history: the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and "the determination of a proud people to reclaim" a home.
The Marriage of Anna Karenina and Genghis Khan
This week in history: the USSR dissolves.
The Climax of Civilization
This week in history: Henry Ford is deemed a genius upon the debut of the Model T. So what then drove him to waste a fortune in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest?...
Squid on the Roof
This week in history: Thor Heyerdahl travels five thousand miles on a raft, as the history of Polynesia reveals a microcosm of the modern age.
The City of Well-Being
This week in history: the city of Baghdad is founded "as a center of learning and culture", in the face of violence and uprising.
In the Midst of the Inferno
This week in history: the citizens of the Warsaw ghetto "choose to perpetuate goodness", in spite of the horrors cast upon them.
This week in history: the arrival of the parking meter impacts driving habits and change purses nationwide. But how do cars change a city? Steve King has the books that answer that very question.
The World’s Descent
This week: literary critic Harold Bloom turns 85, as questions of what the future holds for "deep reading" loom large.
Gravity is Your Friend
20 years ago this week: the U.S. and Russia form the International Space Station, and with it "a new era of friendship and cooperation."
Orphaned by History
65 years ago this week: the start of the Korean War, "a puzzling, gray, very distant conflict."
The Reeds at Runnymede
Eight hundred years ago today: the Magna Carta is signed, marking a pivotal moment of citizens claiming rights against their ruler.