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November 2016

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The spycatcher

The Fake Russian

In an exclusive interview, a retired FBI agent who posed as a KGB officer finally spills the beans about his greatest sting operations

John Holman

National Treasure: Special Delivery

A mysterious package holds long-lost correspondence from a young Union infantryman

Ulysses Grant illustration

Grant’s Uncivil War

The president promised peace with Indians — and covertly hatched the plot that provoked one of the bloodiest conflicts in the West

Girl stunt reporters illustration

Those Magnificent Women and Their Typing Machines

Writing under pseudonyms, the so-called girl stunt reporters of the late 19th century played a major role in exposing the nation's ills

Wahdat

Lost in Translation

These men risked their lives for the U.S. military. Now many would like to come to America but are stranded — and in danger

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Discussion

Reader responses to our September issue

Phenomena

Escape Artist

The authors of the children's book series fled wartime France with the manuscript tied to their bikes

Phenomena

Seeing Red

See the world on a whole different spectrum

Phenomena

Totally Bored

The massive structure, running 35.4 miles through the Alps, begins full operations this December

Phenomena

Sound of Science

Researchers reveal how bats turn echolocation signals into a 3-D image of moving prey

Phenomena

The Lost Cadet

Flight instructor Cornelia Fort faced a close call on that infamous day, but her plane was thought to have been lost to history

Before the Scandal Broke

A scholar makes the intriguing case that Adams gossiped about the relationship years before the news erupted in public

The Fastest Nun in the West

Sister Blandina Segale showed true grit while caring for orphans and outlaws in New Mexico

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