A Forgotten Hero Folke Bernadotte, the Swedish Humanitarian Who Rescued 30,000 People from the Nazis

In one of the most amazing rescues of WWII, the Swedish head of the Red Cross rescued more than 30,000 people from concentration camps in the last three months of the war. Folke...

Opium A History

Known to mankind since prehistoric times, opium is arguably the oldest and most widely used narcotic. Opium: A History traces the drug's astounding impact on world...

Big Mind How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World

A new field of collective intelligence has emerged in the last few years, prompted by a wave of digital technologies that make it possible for organizations and societies to think...

March 1917 On the Brink of War and Revolution

"We are provincials no longer," said Woodrow Wilson on March 5, 1917, at his second inaugural. He spoke on the eve of America's entrance into World War I, as Russia teetered...

Antimony, Gold, and Jupiter's Wolf How the elements were named

The iconic Periodic Table of the Elements is now in its most satisfyingly elegant form. This is because all the 'gaps' corresponding to missing elements in the seventh row, or...

The Outsiders Refugees in Europe since 1492

European history has been permeated with refugees. The Outsiders chronicles every major refugee movement since 1492, when the Catholic rulers of Spain set in motion the first mass...

The Borgias Power and Depravity in Renaissance Italy

The Borgia family have become a byword for evil. Corruption, incest, ruthless megalomania, avarice, and vicious cruelty — all have been associated with their name. And yet,...

Battle for the Ruhr The German Army's Final Defeat in the West

With Allied armies poised on the banks of the Rhine, Nazi Germany tottered on the brink of collapse. The ensuing battles on German soil—especially those in the so-called...

Domina The Women Who Made Imperial Rome

A captivating popular history that shines a light on the notorious Julio-Claudian women who forged an empireAugustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero — these are the...

Hitler and Film The Führer's Hidden Passion

A presence in Third Reich cinema, Adolf Hitler also personally financed, ordered, and censored films and newsreels and engaged in complex relationships with their stars and...

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