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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
By Frances Larson, from Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found, forthcoming in November from Liveright. Read More
The inexorable rise of American militarism
The lost glory of America’s railroads
By Jean Guéhenno, from Diary of the Dark Years, 1940–1944: Collaboration, Resistance, and Daily Life in Occupied Paris, out this month from Oxford University Press. Guéhenno (1890–1978) was a writer,…
From an interview with Azie Mira Dungey, creator of the Web comedy series Ask a Slave, by Amy M. Tyson, a historian at DePaul University, published in February in The…
From a letter sent last November to the Campus Planning Board of the University of Colorado Boulder. Houusoo and Nowoo3 were nineteenth-century leaders of the Southern Arapaho in what is…
From a memoir written in 1944 by Marcelle Hamel-Hateau, a schoolteacher in the Norman village of Neuville-au-Plain, included in D-Day Through French Eyes, by Mary Louise Roberts, published last month…
Making sense of our family-tree obsession
Who owns the world’s greatest superfood?
From a new translation of Herodotus’ The Histories, by Tom Holland, out this month from Viking. Read More
By Ralph Nader, from Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, published last month by Nation Books. Read More