Was the man whose assassination began World War I riding in a car destined to bring death to a series of owners?
April 22, 2013 | By Mike Dash
The lawman had a reputation to protect—but that reputation shifted after he moved East
April 03, 2013 | By Gilbert King
In 1820, one of Britain's most notorious criminals hatched a plan to rescue the emperor from exile on the Atlantic isle of St Helena -- but did he ever try it?
March 08, 2013 | By Mike Dash
Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a Soviet sniper credited with 309 kills—and an advocate for women's rights. On a U.S. tour in 1942, she found a friend in the first lady.
February 21, 2013 | By Gilbert King
Did members of a powerful society of warlocks actually murder their enemies and kidnap children?
February 19, 2013 | By Mike Dash
The minister of armaments was happy to tell his captors about the war machine he had built. But it was a different story when he was asked about the Holocaust
January 08, 2013 | By Gilbert King
Does the evidence against these 44 slaves really stack up?
January 02, 2013 | By Mike Dash
Steven Spielberg, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Tony Kushner talk about what it takes to wrestle an epic presidency into a feature film
November 2012 | By Roy Blount Jr.
"She killed her sister, butchered her elder brothers, murdered the ruler, poisoned her mother," the chronicles say. But is the empress unfairly maligned?
August 10, 2012 | By Mike Dash
John D. Rockefeller Sr. epitomized Gilded Age capitalism. Ida Tarbell was one of the few willing to hold him accountable.
July 05, 2012 | By Gilbert King
According to legend, Queen Victoria, informed of an early president's angry insult to her ambassador, struck Bolivia off the map. But is it true?
June 04, 2012 | By Mike Dash
His 20-volume masterwork was hailed as "the most ambitious enterprise in publishing since the production of the King James Bible"—and he paid dearly for his ambition
March 21, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Sir Basil Zaharoff was the archetypal "merchant of death"—an arms salesman who made a career out of selling to both sides in a conflict and stood accused of starting World War I for his personal profit.
February 16, 2012 | By Mike Dash
He was the barbarians' barbarian who called himself "the Scourge of God." But how did the terrible Attila command such loyalty—and why, in death, was he so mourned?
February 03, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Was Leonardo da Vinci's famous anatomical chart actually a collaborative effort?
February 2012 | By Toby Lester
Recently reissued, William L. Shirer's seminal 1960 history of Nazi Germany is still important reading
February 2012 | By Ron Rosenbaum
It has become one of the great legends of World War I. But what really happened when British and German troops emerged from their trenches that Christmas Day?
December 23, 2011 | By Mike Dash
In A.D. 9, the Chinese emperor nationalized his state's land and redistributed it to the peasantry. That revolutionary act cost him his throne and his life—and even now his motives remain unclear
December 09, 2011 | By Mike Dash
The explorer of Dr. Livingstone-fame provides a classic character study of how willpower works
December 2011 | By Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
The scholar created a whole new way of looking at history, but found time to fight in two World Wars–latterly, aged 60, as a leader of the French Resistance
November 10, 2011 | By Mike Dash