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A New History of the Second World War

In 1936, Charles Lindbergh arrived in Berlin to inspect the Luftwaffe. The visit had been arranged by Truman Smith, an ingenious intelligence officer who knew that Herman Göring, the Nazi air marshal, would find the American aviator’s celebrity irresistible; Lindbergh flew to Berlin with his wife, …

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

WASHINGTON — Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up …

Donald Trump

The Contradictions of Good Teaching

Many educators who succeed at raising test scores also fail at keeping students fulfilled, new research suggests.<p>Is a good teacher one who makes students enjoy class the most or one who is strict and has high standards? And are those two types even at odds?<p>A new study that tries to quantify this …

The 10 Best Crime Dramas On Netflix You Don’t Know About

Between the news and the drama that just comes with being a person, real life can be pretty stressful. That’s why there’s nothing that can make you …

11 books the US Army's top officer recommends to help understand the world

Secretary James Mattis has been heralded as a "warrior monk" for his prodigious knowledge and voracious reading habits.<p>But Mattis, a retired Marine general, is not the only US military officer who has supplemented his martial knowledge with academic achievement.<p>In that spirit, the US Army has …

Top 10 twists in fiction

Court dramas, classic mysteries and bloody crimes ... from Du Maurier to Lehane, Sophie Hannah chooses her favourite twists in novels (or does she?)<p>There are no spoilers in this article, but we can’t guarantee the comments<p>The word “twist” exerts a strange power over crime fiction addicts like me. …

Books

How World War I Made the Middle East What It Is Today

WWI redrew Middle Eastern borders and created new countries. Those changes have led to much of the conflict that remains there today. <br>Read More

Middle East

How Not to Negotiate With North Korea

There’s one way, and only one way, to disarm Pyongyang. Washington needs to show Beijing it’s serious about protecting the American homeland.<p>“The …

North Korea

How Eisenhower Triumphed Over Joe McCarthy

The president patiently but methodically helped engineer the downfall of the demagogic senator, who so resembles Donald Trump, right down to methods …

Alternative history: the dangerous byproduct of fake facts

From Ben Carson claiming slaves came over as ‘immigrants’ to Betsy DeVos ignoring Jim Crow – history is a new frontline in the battle for truth<p>Fake news has morphed into something far more egregious, fake history. Donald Trump routinely lies about himself, his accomplishments, his businesses and …

Donald Trump

The Trump-Russia scandals: a quick visual guide

The web of connections in Trump’s Russia controversies.<p>President Donald Trump’s Russia scandals are deeply intertwined.<p>As Vox’s Zack Beauchamp writes, there are three separate Trump-Russia scandals that together call into question the nature of Trump’s relationship with Russia: the resignation of …

So You Want to Read Alternate History: Here’s Where to Start

I’ve tried to focus solely on alternate history novels where the twist is entirely historical rather than dependent upon some kind of magical act, …

Historical Fiction

Are Archaeologists About to Find Nefertiti’s Tomb?

A fresh attempt to discover more secrets in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings offers a tantalizing reward—the tomb of one of history’s most beguiling …

Ancient History

You May Choke Up at Some of the Items on Display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

A wide-eyed Lance Spencer, 12, stood against the wall, between a stone block once used to auction slaves and a glass-boxed gallery where a worker was …

Where the Jews Aren’t

By <b>Elaine Margolin</b>A new book examines the brief history of an autonomous Jewish region in Russia, founded in 1929. It lasted until Stalin ordered the …

Yiddish

Mulholland Drive leads the pack in list of 21st century's top films

BBC Culture poll of 177 film critics around the world puts David Lynch’s 2001 surrealist masterpiece in top spot<p>David Lynch’s surrealist masterpiece Mulholland Drive, which even its most ardent fans admit is as maddeningly baffling as it is mesmerising, has been named the greatest film of the 21st …

List-Worthy

By letting camera roll, film gives rare view of North Korea

NEW YORK (AP) — The conditions placed on director Vitaly Mansky for shooting a film in North Korea were severe.<p>For what was ostensibly to be a …

North Korea

Year's Best Crime Novels: 2016, by Bill Ott

<b>The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2016.</b><p>Ott, Bill (author).<p>FEATURE. First published May 1, 2016 (<i>Booklist</i>).<p>Comic caper novels, psychological thrillers, …

Books

'Birth of a Nation' is more than just a film

<b>Miami (CNN) —</b> Nate Parker fought to make his film "The Birth of a Nation" and now he wants to share it.<p>"There is an entire curriculum that has been developed," he said. "We are taking it to schools."<p>Parker wrote, directed, produced and stars in "The Birth of a Nation," which is set to release …

Black History

We're about to see a mind-blowing demographic shift unprecedented in human history

The world is about to see a mind-blowing demographic situation that will be a first in human history: There are about to be more elderly people than young children.<p>For some time now, demographers and economists have observed that the proportion of elderly adults around the world is rising, while …

Nostalgia for Mao 50 years after China's Cultural Revolution

LUOYANG, China (AP) — Fifty years after Mao Zedong unleashed the decade-long Cultural Revolution to reassert his authority and revive his radical communist agenda, the spirit of modern China's founder still exerts a powerful pull.<p>Millions of people were persecuted, publicly humiliated, beaten or …

China must let the dark deeds of the Cultural Revolution come to light

China’s Communist Party is known for obsessing about commemorations of historic events and making use of them in current-day politics, either as a …

It was the worst of times

IN FEBRUARY 1970 a 16-year-old boy, Zhang Hongbing, denounced his mother to an army officer in his village in Anhui province, in eastern China. He …

China

Kim Jong-un hails nuclear success at North Korea party congress

First such meeting since 1980 is being closely observed for signs of change in regime’s attitude<p>North Korea has kicked off a once-in-a-generation congress in an attempt to confirm the absolute power of its leader, Kim Jong-un, and show unity before a possible nuclear test in the coming …

North Korea

Top five '80s Cold War movies

<b>(CNN) —</b> The '80s brought their own special sauce to movies about the Cold War.<p>Why? Because by the time the Decade of Excess rolled around, America and the Soviets had been superpower rivals for more than 30 years already. Tinseltown was ready for new ideas that would fill theater seats. No story …

Cold War

The Secret History Of The Photo At The Center Of The Black Confederate Myth

A 160-year-old tintype depicting Andrew Chandler and his slave Silas, both in Confederate uniform, has long been used as evidence that slaves willingly fought against the army that aimed to free them. Following the national backlash against Confederate iconography, Silas's descendants seek to …

Black History

The 22 best political movies ever, ranked

One of the best political movies ever made, "All the President's Men," just celebrated its 40th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, and with the backdrop of the election, we thought it was a good time to rank the greatest the genre has produced.<p>Here are the top 22.

Universal Pictures

Republicans would be screwed without racist voters

For years, Republicans have bristled at these sorts of descriptions, especially because Democrats tend to leave out the first part, painting the party as purely racist. But this election has forced Republicans to confront reality: A healthy chunk of Republican voters don't have a broad objection to …

Republicans