Chief Officer Stephen Gronow and the Sinking of the Vinovia

by Siân Evans Siân Evans, author of Maiden Voyages, shares her great-great uncle’s harrowing adventure of being torpedoed by a German U-boat during WWI. Chief Officer Stephen Gronow On the afternoon of December 19, 1917, south of the Lizard … Read the article The post...

Researching The Living and the Lost

by Ellen Feldman It’s a truism that writers are always squirreling away random observations, eavesdropped comments, and stray anecdotes as grist for their literary mills. A novel spanning years and featuring myriad characters can spring from a moment witnessed on …...

Oh, Those “Girton Girls!”

by Nancy Springer In 19th century England, while sons of the well-to-do were sent to boarding school and university, daughters were generally taught at home by governesses.However, most of these governesses were not very well qualified.Being a governess was the … Read...

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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The History Behind the Mystery: Safecracking 101

by Ashley Weaver One of my favorite parts of writing historical fiction is the new things I get to learn along the way. It’s important, of course, to go into writing a book with a base knowledge of the historical … Read the article The post The History Behind the...

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The Two Faces of Benedict Arnold

by Jack Kelly Benedict Arnold was one of the Revolutionary War’s most aggressive and courageous soldiers. It’s possible that without him, American patriots would have lost the Revolutionary War. Colonel Benedict Arnold who commanded the Provincial Troops sent against…...

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The Long Gray Line: All-New Audio!

by The History Reader In the first unabridged audio version of The Long Gray Line, author Rick Atkinson has recorded a new foreword, and has recorded an additional bonus conversation with Ty Seidule, former head of the history department at … Read the article The post...

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Kidnapped on the Frontier

by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin Daniel Boone heard the piercing shrieks coming from the river and recognized them as only a parent could. He was too late to see a group of Native Americans carry off his daughter Jemima … Read the article The post Kidnapped on the...

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A Tour of the Belasco Theatre

by Mariah Fredericks It’s always wonderful when a novel becomes a cheap excuse to do a deep dive into a subject near and dear to your heart. When researching Death of a Showman, the fourth Jane Prescott mystery, I was … Read the article The post A Tour of the Belasco...

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The Escape of the Nine

by Gwen Strauss The Nine follows the true story of author Gwen Strauss’s great aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-day journey across … Read the article The post The Escape...

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The Philadelphia: Our Most Evocative National Relic

by Jack Kelly I have traveled to Revolutionary-era battlefields and forts. I’ve examined countless eighteenth-century muskets, uniforms, swords, and shoe buckles. I’ve looked at the original Declaration of Independence in the National Archives. Yet a single artifact...

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