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An Interview with 95-Year-Old Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Harry Stewart

“Colored people aren’t accepted as airline pilots.” The “negro type has not the proper reflexes to make a first-class fighter pilot.” These were the degrading sentiments that faced eighteen-year-old Lt. Col. Harry Stewart Jr. as he journeyed in a segregated rail car...

Vlad the Impaler is the (Partial) Inspiration for Count Dracula

Vampire lore goes back to the ancient world (revenant legends abound from Rome to China) but vampire mythology doesn’t come into its own until at least the Renaissance period. Was the inspiration for it all the bloodthirsty Wallachian ruler Vlad Tepes, the ruler...

‘A Woman of No Importance’: The One-Legged WW2 Spy Virginia Hall

In 1942, as World War II was raging, the Gestapo sent out an urgent message: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.” That spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman who—rejected from the Foreign Service because of her gender...
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The 500-Year Story of a Gutenberg Bible And Everyone Who Owned It

For rare-book collectors, an original copy of the Gutenberg Bible—of which there are fewer than 50 in existence (and which can sell for $100 million)—represents the ultimate prize. One copy, Number 45, passed through the hands of Johannes Gutenberg, monks, an earl,...
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Hitler’s “Desert Fox”: The Military Career of Erwin Rommel

Erwin Rommel, a German field marshal in World War Two, was probably more respected and feared than any other figure in the Wehrmacht. He issued early defeats against the British in North Africa against vastly superior forces using a mix of cutting-edge tactics with...
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