Tag: History

The Colosseum

The Colosseum was Imperial Rome’s monument to warfare. Like a cathedral of death it towered over the city and invited its citizens, 50,000 at a time, to watch murderous gladiatorial games. It is now visited by two million visitors a year (Hitler was among them). Award winning classicist, Mary Beard with Keith Hopkins, tell the story of Rome’s greatest arena: how it was built; the gladi... »

Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi

On the morning of October 31, 1984, as she walked through her garden, smiling, with hands raised and palms pressed together in the traditional Indian namaste greeting, Indira Nehru Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards. She died as she had lived, surrounded by men, yet isolated. It was a violent end to a life of epic drama.Here is the first popular biography of one of the world’s mos... »

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

From the bestselling author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story In this groundbreaking biography, Jung Chang vividly describes how Empress Dowager Cixi – the most important woman in Chinese history – brought a medieval empire into the modern age. Under her, the ancient country attained virtually all the attributes of a modern state and it was she who abolished gruesome punishments like ‘... »

What Truth Sounds Like

In 2015 BLM activist Julius Jones confronted Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with an urgent query: “What in your heart has changed that’s going to change the direction of this country?” “I don’t believe you just change hearts,” she protested. “I believe you change laws.” The fraught conflict between conscience and politics – between morality a... »

A Bell for Adano

An Italian-American major in World War II wins the love and admiration of the local townspeople when he searches for a replacement for the 700 year-old town bell that had been melted down for bullets by the fascists. »

Words from the White House – Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America’s Presidents

The founding fathers (a term created by Warren G. Harding for his “front porch campaign” of 1920) felt that coining words and creating new uses for old ones was part of their role in creating a new American culture and language, distinct from the proscriptive King’s English. Noah Webster called the creation of such Americanisms “acts of defiance,” along with such radi... »

A Memoir of the Obama White House

From one of Barack Obama’s closest aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency-and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive-in the tradition of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.’s A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House. For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration-first as a s... »

African American Firsts – Famous, Little-Known and Unsung Triumphs of Blacks iin America)

Fully Revised and Updated. From ground-breaking achievements to awe-inspiring feats of excellence, this definitive resource reveals over 450 “firsts” by African Americans in fields as diverse as government, entertainment, education, science, medicine, law, the military, and the business world.  Discover the first doctor to perform open heart surgery and the youngest person to fly solo ... »

The Yesteryear Gazette: – Finding America’s Lost Stories 1865-1922

Read tales of murder and mayhem, calamitous calamities, amazing women and “dances of lust.” Discover what was making news in America a hundred years or more ago. »

Beneath Another Sky – A Global Journey into History

Where have the people in any particular place actually come from? What are the historical complexities in any particular place? This evocative historical journey around the world shows us.  ‘Human history is a tale not just of constant change but equally of perpetual locomotion’, writes Norman Davies. Throughout the ages, men and women have endlessly sought the greener side of the hill... »