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Reviews & Essays

Snow-Storm in August

A quarter century before the Civil War, tensions over slavery erupted in the nation's capital.

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Reviews & Essays

More Powerful Than Dynamite

A hundred years before Occupy Wall Street, a movement aimed at the structures of power seemed ready to explode.

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Island of Vice

The Rough Rider versus the Rotten Apple.

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In Brief

Grant's Final Victory

An examination of the once-mighty general's tumultuous last year, 1884-85.

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In Brief

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War

A doomed plan with a momentous legacy.

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Lions of the West

From Johnny Appleseed to James K. Polk, the Americans who embodied Manifest Destiny.

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In Brief

The Friar of Carcassonne

In a corner of medieval France, one man's stand against the Inquisition.

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Reader's Diary

Columbus: The Four Voyages

The legendary navigator's journeys after the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

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Destiny of the Republic

The little-known story of the shooting of the twentieth president, and its aftermath.

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Interviews

Hugh Ambrose on The Pacific

The author of The Pacific talks about the book, the HBO series, and the dark side of the "Good War."

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Leningrad

The suffering and sacrifice of a city under historic siege.

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Red Summer

African-American troops returned from World War I to find a new battle waiting  at home.

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Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy

Surveying the longest uninterrupted monarchy in the world.

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The First Detective

How a former burglar and prison escape artist founded the police force as we know it.

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A World on Fire

A British writer puts the spectacle of the American Civil War on a transatlantic stage.

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