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These True Stories Inspired Steampunk

Richard Holmes | Posted 12.29.2013 | Books
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.

What Was History's Worst Month?

William Petrocelli | Posted 10.29.2013 | Books
William Petrocelli

Christopher Clark's book The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 suggests another criterion. The worst month in history may be the one that sets the stage for the massive destruction to follow.

The Life and Death of Words, People, and Even Nature

Eduardo Galeano | Posted 06.30.2013 | Books
Eduardo Galeano

The history of literature is an unceasing paradox. What is the most popular scene in the Bible? Adam and Eve biting the apple. It's not there. Plato never wrote his most famous line: "Only the dead have seen the end of war."

10 Myths About Leonardo da Vinci

Ross King | Posted 01.20.2013 | Books
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.

Oliver Stone On The Problem With America's History Books

Oliver Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Oliver Stone

It is time for a national conversation about what this country's history has really been -- good and bad, warts and all.

11 Common Myths From History Books

David Haviland | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
David Haviland

Received wisdom often leaves much to be desired. Here are a few examples of the myths and follies that make up much of our popular understanding of history.

8 Facts History Books Got Wrong

| Posted 04.20.2012 | Books

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...

How Facts Ruin History Books | Darragh McManus | Posted 09.20.2011 | Books

A lot of men never read fiction. I know many who've barely glanced at a novel since school. ...

Slavery, Abolition, Rebellion: A Reading List

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kenneth C. Davis

All of these books should provide some correctives to the deep misunderstanding -- or desperate ignorance -- of this extremely important chapter in American History.