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These True Stories Inspired Steampunk

Richard Holmes | Posted 12.29.2013 | Home
Richard Holmes

I was surprised to find the literary genre of science fiction arose partly out ballooning and dreams of flight - another case of Science meeting Art. So my cast list includes writers like Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, and HG Wells, among many others.

History's Most Important 'Music'

David Hendy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
David Hendy

History has an extraordinary soundtrack, too. Indeed, the past - even the pre-industrial past - was rarely quiet. It was full of chanting, bell ringing, roaring crowds, raucous debauchery, gunfire, music, and, of course, the human voice

10 Myths About Leonardo da Vinci

Ross King | Posted 01.20.2013 | Home
Ross King

Leonardo da Vinci bears the burden of great expectations. The undeniable breadth and depth of his genius means there was, it seems, no intellectual feat of which this original Renaissance Man was incapable.

7 Epic Moments In Science History

Andrew Robinson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Home
Andrew Robinson

Newton, when asked how he had discovered the law of gravity, replied pithily: "By thinking on it continually." All of the great scientists in my book would, one senses, have said amen to that.

PHOTOS: 15 Greatest Americans Of The 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.22.2012 | Home
Peter Dreier

I've pulled out 15 people who represent the most influential progressives of the last century and provided short summaries about their lives and legacies.

True Stories From The Boston Massacre

Richard Archer | Posted 09.03.2012 | Home
Richard Archer

As we celebrate the birth of our nation, we should remember how disaffection brought about by military occupation contributed to the coming of our own revolution. We should not be surprised if other people behave similarly.

9 Haunting Moments In Mafia History

Posted 06.14.2012 | Home

The following is excerpted from Chapter One ("From Myth to Reality”) of "Cosa Nostra" by Massimo Picozzi [W.W. Norton & Company, $25.00]: “At t...

Theodore Roosevelt's Controversial Dinner With Booker T. Washington

Posted 05.24.2012 | Home

The following is an excerpt from "Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation" [Atria, ...

The First Athletes Ever And 7 Other Moments In Sports History

John G. Fox | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
John G. Fox

"Why do we play ball?" That was the heady question my then 7-year-old son tossed out to me one day during an innocent game of backyard catch. As a father, anthropologist, and sports fan, I couldn't resist the call of duty to set off in search of an answer.

9 Things Obama Could Learn From Caesar

Barry Strauss | Posted 07.11.2012 | Home
Barry Strauss

True, Caesar came to a bad end. He grew too fond of power and too trusting of his friends, and he paid with his life on the Ides of March. Yet Caesar offers leadership lessons in both war and politics. Even an accomplished politician like President Obama could benefit from the following tips.

Why Planting Trees Is Important

Eric Rutkow | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home
Eric Rutkow

It's almost certain that we have yet to understand the full range of benefits that tree planting can offer us. And history suggests that we'll continue to discover new ones. If you plant a tree this spring, you'll not only be investing in the future but connecting to the past.

8 Facts History Books Got Wrong

| Posted 04.20.2012 | Home

By Margaret Bristol for Bookish: There are plenty of stories scholars and writers have passed off as fact, when truth be told, they are actually fi...

The History Of 7 Bizarre English Words

David Crystal | Posted 05.27.2012 | Home
David Crystal

If you can tell the history of the world in 100 objects, as the British Museum's Neil MacGregor did in 2010, then it ought to be possible to tell the history of a language in a similar number. But, as with objects, it isn't enough for each word to be interesting in its own right. It has to tell a story.

Textbooks: More Errors In Virginia History Book | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Among the mistakes: the claim that 12 states joined the Confederacy, not 11, and that 6,000 soldiers died during the Battle of Bull Run during the Civ...