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What Does the First Tycoon Tell Us About Capitalism?

T.J. Stiles | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
T.J. Stiles

Historians and economists now stress blind forces over heroic leadership.

John Morrissey: Saratoga's Irish Visionary

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.19.2013 | New York
Liz O'Connell

When John Morrissey was born in 1831 in Templemore, County Tipperary, the likelihood that in 32 years he would be running an elite race meet in upstate New York was as implausible as a Jules Verne adventure.

Grand Central Terminal: The Book

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 03.26.2013 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

For most people around the world, Grand Central Terminal is not so much a train station as a metaphor for directionless mayhem, traffic run amuck, bodies barely dodging one another -- only a miracle can divert a head-on collision of either man or machine.

Dead End Gene Pool: Dead Mom Talks Through Facebook

Wendy Burden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wendy Burden

The good news is, almost everyone in my book is safely tucked away six feet under; but beware the perils of the first time memoirist: not everyone can be dead!

"Black Royalty"?

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

The demise in succession of three African American figures of colossal stature on the eve of the new decade caused me to wonder anew about this designation, "black royalty."

"The First Tycoon": A Good News Publishing Backstory

Bruce Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bruce Harris

Alfred A Knopf is probably looking down from book heaven, stroking his luxuriant mustaches and smiling with delight at yet another Knopf prize winner.