July/August 2016

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Wolfgang Neubauer

Blood Sport

A 2,000-year-old gladiator school brings the men who fought in Roman Empire arenas back to life

Roald Dahl illustration

The Fantastic Mr. Dahl

The British author’s world—antic, subversive, wildly inventive and monstrously humane—returns to the screen in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG


Battle Scars

A bold new history of the epic Battle of the Somme—and the pointless deaths of thousands of American doughboys afterward

Leaving Home: A Photographic Journey

American Exiles

A series of three photo essays explores how America has treated its own people in times of crisis

Oreos Eriacho

Two Nations

For more than a century the U.S. government took Native children from their families to attend western schools, with devastating effects still felt today

Grand Liard Bayou

The Drowning

A big picture view of the first place in America losing its battle against climate change

Abandoned Masonic Lodge

Antebellum Africa

The world created by former slaves in Liberia was a cruel paradox for more than 150 years. Now it’s finally fading into history

Sacel Castle

Lost in Transylvania

Baron Franz Nopcsa was a pioneering dinosaur expert and geologist—and a spy. Then history forgot him. Now the amazing life and tragic demise of a rogue aristocrat is ready to be rediscovered

Young Barbara Bowles

Anatomy of a Cure

A half century ago, a young doctor took on a deadly form of cancer—and the scientific establishment. What happened next was one of the greatest medical miracles in U.S. history



Reader responses to our June issue


High School Confidential

Those original teenage frenemies, Betty and Veronica, are now the real stars of Riverdale


Long Live the King

Shooting penguins in the Falkland Islands to save them


To Bee or Not to Bee

Do insects have consciousness? A new theory has scientists buzzing


Small Talk: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The basketball legend has always had a writer's touch


Almost Famous

Twitter’s “poet laureate” has 140 characters­—but no face

How Data Won the West

Early infographics saved soldiers’ lives, debunked myths about slavery and helped Americans settle the frontier

A Fanatic Heart

Celebrated for her novels about love, Edna O’Brien might finally win a Nobel Prize for something much darker

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