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History

Where is the Bismarck?

During World War II, the German Navy was a powerful force, defeating British naval defense throughout western Europe. Among the German fleet was its fiercest ship, a juggernaut named Bismarck. In May 1941, after attacking and sinking the Read More

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History

The Great Escapers

Stalag Luft III was a German prison camp during World War II. It was opened in March 1942, about 100 miles from Berlin. This camp was soon filled with more than 10,000 Allied Air Force officers. These officers did all they could to give the Read More

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History
History

A Short History of Rum

When we think about the origins of rum, pirates come to mind. While it's true that this is the namesake for well-known brands like Captain Morgan and Sailor Jerry, to get a true glimpse of the origins of rum, you need to look closely at the Read More

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History

How Captain Cook Chose the Right Ship

Captain Cook put a lot of thought into the ships he took out on voyages. These ships had to be built right to withstand the conditions they would encounter. Captain Cook did not believe that just any ship would do. In the passage below he Read More

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Science + Technology
Science + Technology

US Special Ops: Colt 1911 Pistol

Perhaps most interesting thing about the U.S. military are the technologies used throughout history. If you're one of the many fascinated by the weapons of elite military forces you'll be delighted by excerpts like this one from US Special Read More

Biologist Robert Clark and geologist James Wordie in their cabin, “Auld Reekie.” Photo: Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Travel + Adventure
Travel + Adventure

Aboard the Endurance: An Expedition in Ice

In the words of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, the ambitious 1914 attempt to trek across Antarctica from the Atlantic to the Pacific was defined by “high adventure, strenuous days, lonely nights, unique experiences, and, above all, Read More

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The Natural World
The Natural World

Tremendous Triceratops

When it comes to skeletons, dinosaurs are history’s champs. Andrew Kirk takes a look at some of the skeletons these creatures left behind—and what they’ve taught us—in his book, Skeletons: The Extraordinary Form & Function of Read More

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History
History

US Navy SEALs: The SEAL Code

In US Special Ops, longtime military author and special-ops expert Fred Pushies takes on the entire scope of America's elite fighting forces, including profiles of hundreds of weapons, gear, vehicles, missions, and commandos, from Read More

Boeing B-17G. National Museum of the US Air Force. Original, restored; 24 missions with 91st Bomber Group. Photo: Dan Patterson / Fighting Cockpits
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History

Fighting Cockpits: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

The Boeing B-17 is arguably the most famous American bomber of World War II. Featured in such film classics as Twelve O’Clock High and The War Lover, the B-17 often overshadowed the more prolific Consolidated B-24. When it was first Read More

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Uncategorized

Captain James Cook: From the Thames to Madeira (1768)

Captain James Cook had the fortune of leading three historically epic adventures in his lifetime. The best way to experience a journey like these would be through the eye of the beholder, and in this case, a captain's log is the next best Read More

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History

7 Innovations of the 20th Century

During the 20th century, the United States made itself a world superpower. This took a lot of time and hard work on the part of the American people. What made this possible was all of the innovation that happened during this time. There Read More

“The Dodge City Peace Commission.” Back row, left to right: Will Harris, Luke Short, Bat Masterson, William Petillon. Front row: Charlie Bassett, Wyatt Earp, Frank McLain, and Neal Brown. Photo: The Wild West in Color / June 1883. Charles A. Conkling, photographer
History
History

Law and Lawlessness in The Wild West

The enmity between bandits and lawmen is, of course, the stuff of legends…but it’s also the stuff of history, as captured in John Guntzelman’s foray into The Wild West in Color, which infuses color and new life into black-and-white images Read More