Elizabeth Bentley: The True Story That Inspired a Novel

by Karin Tanabe When I decided that I wanted to write about a woman in the 1950s, who was struggling with motherhood against the backdrop of the Cold War, the idea of her being a spy started to form. I’ll … Read the article The post Elizabeth Bentley: The True Story...

A Woman of Intelligence: Featured Excerpt

Karin Tanabe’s A Woman of Intelligence is an exhilarating novel of post-war New York City, and one remarkable woman’s journey from the United Nations, to the cloistered drawing rooms of Manhattan society, to the secretive ranks of the FBI. Read … Read the article The...

The Forgotten Hero of the Cold War

by Giles Milton The greatest heroes of the Second World War are rightly celebrated for their acts of extraordinary daring on the battlefields of Nazi-occupied Europe. Rather less well known are the heroes of the early Cold War—American and British—who … Read the...

Elizabeth Bentley: The True Story That Inspired a Novel

by Karin Tanabe When I decided that I wanted to write about a woman in the 1950s, who was struggling with motherhood against the backdrop of the Cold War, the idea of her being a spy started to form. I’ll … Read the article The post Elizabeth Bentley: The True Story...

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A Woman of Intelligence: Featured Excerpt

Karin Tanabe’s A Woman of Intelligence is an exhilarating novel of post-war New York City, and one remarkable woman’s journey from the United Nations, to the cloistered drawing rooms of Manhattan society, to the secretive ranks of the FBI. Read … Read the article The...

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The Forgotten Hero of the Cold War

by Giles Milton The greatest heroes of the Second World War are rightly celebrated for their acts of extraordinary daring on the battlefields of Nazi-occupied Europe. Rather less well known are the heroes of the early Cold War—American and British—who … Read the...

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USS Franklin: Attack, Survival, and Triumph

by P. T. Deutermann My novel, Trial by Fire, is based on the true story of the aircraft carrier USS Ben Franklin (CV-13) and the brave sailors who were able to save their ship after she was nearly destroyed … Read the article The post USS Franklin: Attack, Survival,...

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JAH Author Wins Rasmussen Award

We are excited to share that Gabriel N. Rosenberg’s September 2020 JAH article, “No Scrubs: Livestock Breeding, Eugenics, and the State in the Early Twentieth-Century United States,” won the Wayne D. Rasmussen Award given by the Agricultural History Society. In this...

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1933: Democracy Destroyed

by Frank McDonough In the following excerpt from The Hitler Years: Triumph 1933-1939, Frank McDonough discusses the political environment in Germany in 1933 as Adolf Hitler sets his plans in motion to become Germany’s next Chancellor. Portrait of Adolf… Read the...

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For Juneteenth: Inspiring Reads by Black Authors

By The History Reader As of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the United States were declared legally free by President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. However, as Union law could not be implemented in the Confederate-held south, slaves were not … Read the...

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The Sound of America in 1914

by Mariah Fredericks In 1914, the hot ticket on Broadway was On Trial, a play that employed the daring film technique of the “flashback.” You could catch the moody John Barrymore in Kick In, Douglas Fairbanks in He Comes Up … Read the article The post The Sound of...

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Get Down and Get With It

by David Hepworth The book behind the Apple TV+ docu-series, Never a Dull Moment offers a rollicking look at 1971, rock’s golden year, the year that saw the release of the indelible recordings of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Who, … Read the article The post Get Down...

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True Raiders: Charles Warren

by Brad Ricca True Raiders: The Untold Story of the 1909 Expedition to Find the Legendary Ark of the Covenant tells the story of Monty Parker, a British rogue nobleman who, after being dared to do so by Ava Astor, … Read the article The post True Raiders: Charles...

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Dillinger’s Daring Escape

by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard In Killing the Mob, Bill O’Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard trace the brutal history of 20th Century organized crime in the United States, and expertly plumb the history of this nation’s most notorious … Read the article The post...

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