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The Secret Behind the Greatest Upset in College Basketball History

UMBC’s big win wasn’t a miracle; it was a well-executed plan.<p>People now know the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as the ultimate Cinderella, an overnight social media sensation, the team that magically emerged as the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in the history of the NCAA …

National Academy of Sciences

Stories From Another Time, for Our Times: ‘We Do Our Part’

To the extent I spent any time studying in college, it was to learn about American history. The main impression the lectures and readings left on me was the realization that the country has always had big, serious problems.<p>Slavery, violence, corruption, injustice—things were worst-ever during the …

Where Evangelicals Came From

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America<p>by Frances FitzGerald<p>Simon and Schuster, 740 pp., $35.00<p>Every few years, it seems, conservative …

The Year Nixon Fell Apart

The year was 1970, and the paranoid, stressed president starting drinking, stealing away from the White House and, eventually, going after his enemies.<p>We know what happened in the spring of 1972: Five men broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters, were caught and arrested, and …

A Life in Journalism

<i>This week at The MMQB is dedicated to the life and career of Paul Zimmerman, who earned the nickname Dr. Z for his groundbreaking analytical approach</i> …

The Outsized Life of Muhammad Ali

What a loss to suffer, even if for years you knew it was coming. Muhammad Ali, who died Friday, in Phoenix, at the age of seventy-four, was the most fantastical American figure of his era, a self-invented character of such physical wit, political defiance, global fame, and sheer originality that no …

Boxing

Muhammad Ali's 10 best quotes

Muhammad Ali was as skilled with words as he was in the ring. His poignant sayings about sports and life figure to remain iconic for generations to …

Boxing

Internet Reading Club: May 2016

Must-reads about science, technology, and health from around the web.<p>Every month, I put together a list of some of the most moving, thought-provoking, beautifully written, deeply reported, quirky, strange, or otherwise memorable stories about from around the internet. This month’s selection is …

China's Cultural Revolution and Germany

When Mao launched the Cultural Revolution in China, left-wing students in Berlin were paying attention. Gottfried Schmitt was one of them. Today, he …

Mao Zedong

The Faithful

With its decaying two-story homes and grazing cows, Bello looks like just another sleepy suburb of Medellín, Colombia. Thirty years ago, though, it …

Israel

The Ideological-Operational Divide in the G.O.P.

In the late nineteen-sixties, when Richard Nixon was practicing law on Wall Street but had his eye on bigger things, the columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak reported that Nixon’s advisers were studying a new book titled “The Political Beliefs of Americans,” with particular interest in its use …

The Which Blair Project

Once one of the most popular prime ministers in Britain’s history, Tony Blair is now reviled at home for his role in the Iraq war and the lucrative consulting career he’s built since leaving office. Delving into the byzantine world of Blair, Inc., which includes several philanthropic foundations, …

“Game 7, 1986” and the Moments After the Moment That Everyone Remembers

When considering the unfortunate underperformers of the 1986 World Series, between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox, the pitcher Ron Darling probably does not come to mind.<p>For one thing, he was on the Mets, and most of the goats of that Series were, of course, on the Red Sox, who lost in a …

Ancient Rome’s Donald Trump

Populism has a long and colorful history in American politics, from Huey Long on the left and George Wallace on the right, to – more recently – Ross …

The Queens of Nonfiction: 56 Women Journalists Everyone Should Read

Until this week, you probably didn’t know or care who Gay Talese is — unless you’re a writer or a superfan of literary nonfiction, the genre he …

The Disaster of Richard Nixon

Being Nixon: A Man Divided<p>by Evan Thomas<p>Random House, 619 pp., $35.00<p>Fatal Politics: The Nixon Tapes, the Vietnam War, and the Casualties of …

Panama Papers: This is the leak

Over a year ago, an anonymous source contacted the <i>Süddeutsche Zeitung</i> (SZ) and submitted encrypted internal documents from Mossack Fonseca, a …

From Billy Joel to Metallica, these 25 recordings will be preserved forever

Each year 25 songs, albums, speeches or recordings are added to the Library of Congress, and the list of inductees in 2015 might surprise you.<p>Two …

What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn’t Know About Iraq

The document reveals gaps of intelligence on WMD. Why didn’t the Pentagon chief share it?<p>On September 9, 2002, as the George W. Bush administration was launching its campaign to invade Iraq, a classified report landed on the desk of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It came from Defense …

Jimmy Breslin Spends a Night on the Town With Joe Namath -- New York Magazine

<i>From the April 7, 1969 issue of</i> New York <i>Magazine.</i><p>The barmaid had long black hair and she was sitting on top of the bar with her chest coming out of …

The Best of LIFE: 37 Years in Pictures

1936 | Death of a Loyalist soldier, Spain, 1936. Originally published in the July 12, 1937, issue of LIFE.<br>Robert Capa—Magnum<p>1 of 37<p>Over several …

Civil Rights

10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2016

<i>Below is a guest post from Mumbai-based writer-filmmaker—and longtime #longreads contributor—Pravesh Bhardwaj (@AuteurPravesh).</i><p>For a couple of years …

Jackson Lears · Divinely Ordained: God loves America

Divinely Ordained<p>Jackson Lears<p>A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided by Amanda Foreman<br>Penguin, 988 pp, £12.99, June 2011, ISBN 978 0 …

Seymour M. Hersh · Military to Military

The military’s resistance dates back to the summer of 2013, when a highly classified assessment, put together by the Defense Intelligence Agency …

Middle East

Gary Powers: The U-2 spy pilot the US did not love

<b>Steven Spielberg's most recent movie, Bridge of Spies, tells the story of a Cold War prisoner exchange between the Soviet Union and the US. The deal allowed US spy plane pilot Gary Powers to return home - but once there he faced a chorus of criticism.</b><p>Gary Powers had been in flight for four hours …

The Silent Season of a Hero

<i>Esquire</i>, July 1966<p>"I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing," the old man said. "They say his father was a fisherman. Maybe he was as poor as …

Bobby Fisher Was a Genius and a Jerk

Days before he was due in Iceland for the world chess championship in 1972, Fischer was still concocting reasons not to go. Brad Darrach captured …

Remembering Howard Cosell: Why Did He Become So Disillusioned With Sports?

<i>Howard Cosell passed away 20 years ago this month. In this three-part series, we will be looking back on his contributions to sports media.</i><p>Two …

Jackie Robinson