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  • Wild West Magazine

    Tumbleweed Triumvirate

    In Los Angeles in 1924 three celebrated creative men of the West—cowboy artist C.M. “Charlie” Russell (1864–1926), cowboy actor William S. Hart (1864?–1946) and cowboy artist-author Will James (1892–1942)—study Russell’s...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Last of the Western Badmen?

    Like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, ‘Buffalo Tom’ Vernon held up a train. Well, not quite like them— it was 1929, and Vernon was strictly an amateur. Out on parole in August 1929, 45-year-old “Buffalo Tom” Vernon was getting...

  • MHQ

    D-Day Revisited

    The author, laden with oral-history transcripts, spent a summer in Normandy studying the battle that marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.   AS PART OF THE RESEARCH for a book I am writing about D-Day, timed for the...

  • American History Magazine

    The First Best-Selling Diet Book

    ‘Eat what you like and grow thin,’ claimed Dr. Lulu Hunt Peters, author of the 1918 diet book that introduced Americans to calorie counting. Peters preached portion control and exercise to a mostly female audience who’d come of age...

  • American History Magazine

    It was Titanic

    In 1912, a ship was the only way to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and a century later it is easy to forget that some 2 million people made the transoceanic journey that year. But the RMS more than just a ship. We forget the self-acclaim, the...

  • American History Magazine

    The First Triple Crown Winner

    Sir Barton was an ill-tempered, tender-footed, six-time loser when he came to the starting gate in the 1919 Kentucky Derby. The 3-yearold chestnut colt was expected to set the pace for stablemate Billy Kelly, a favorite to win. But with...

  • American History Magazine

    The First Digital Camera

    Kodak’s initial foray into the digital world marked the biggest change in photography since the company introduced the original point-and-shoot film camera in 1888. The prototype camera, made in 1975 by Steve Sasson, was an 8-pound,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Voices | Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

    We’re trying to do as good a job as we can telling the story from every perspective as we can. The story of the Vietnam War is a story about the present as well as the past, says Ken Burns, whose documentary on the conflict, co-directed...

  • American History Magazine

    The First American Ballet

    Billy the Kid’s short, harrowing life might seem an unlikely inspiration for a classic ballet. But dance impresario Lincoln Kirstein was eager to develop a repertoire that featured American stories, artists and styles. In 1938, Kirstein...

  • Military History, MH Issues

    September 2017 Table of Contents

    The September 2017 issue features a cover story about General Douglas MacArthur's role in the 1945 surrender of Japan...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Between Reb and Yank

    Between Reb and Yank: A Civil War History of Northern Loudoun County, Virginia Taylor M. Chamberlin and John M. Souders; McFarland & Co. Following the October 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff—a Confederate victory that made it painfully...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Media Digest | The Battle That Changed the War

    Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017. There were hundreds of battles and thousands of smaller engagements during America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, but most...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Fiction Review-October 2012

    Mission to Paris By Alan Furst. 272 pp. Random House, 2012. $27. It’s 1938, and Viennese-born Hollywood film star Frederic Stahl arrives in Paris to make a movie. He soon discovers that a secret Nazi propaganda bureau, aiming at...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII DVD Review: The War

    The War Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 900 minutes on 6 discs. $99.99. This Emmy-winning series, an America-centric epic tracking individual tales with pungency and poignancy, is now available on Bluray. Upgrades to this format can...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: September Hope

    September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far By John C. McManus. 512 pp. NAL Hardcover, 2012. $27.95. Cornelius Ryan’s classic book A Bridge Too Far dominates the historical landscape of Operation Market Garden, just as in fall...

  • HistoryNet

    Greco-Turkish War, 1919-22

    The bitter struggle that created modern Greece and Turkey. Since the fall of Constantinople to Ottoman Turks in 1453, the dream of Greeks had been to recover all Greek inhabited lands held by the Turks – European Greece, the Aegean...