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Family tragedy prompted young Teddy Roosevelt to answer the call of the Wild West and shaped the man who would be president
by H.W. Brands

Supremely Gothic
A phantasmagorical house in Connecticut was once America’s capital of patriotic display
by William L. Hamilton

Lincoln’s Feisty Foil: Thaddeus Stevens
The abolitionist immortalized by Spielberg fought even harder for black rights after Lincoln died
by Peter Carlson

Mind of a Conquistador
Hernando de Soto’s insatiable hunger for glory proved to be his downfall when he set out to conquer La Florida in 1539
by David Ewing Duncan

Grand Theft History
Con artists who pilfer priceless documents and artifacts from public archives and libraries cheat us out of our heritage
by Michael G. Williams

Super Storm
A battle-tested humanitarian chronicles a perilous river quest during the Great Flood of 1884
by Clara Barton



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We’ve Been Here Before
Like David Petraeus, Alexander Hamilton fell for a comely lady

The First
Chain restaurant

The Gross Clinic

Hermann Göring (and his lion) preen for Charles Lindbergh

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Letter From American History
Stolen treasures

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