Francis Willoughby Begins his Legendary Journey to the West Indies

by Matthew Parker

Francis Willoughby would be described by contemporaries as both charming and self-centered; his military and political careers would show him to be at times impetuous and at others indecisive. In many ways he was a visionary, but he was also an inveterate plotter and schemer.
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The Vietnam War’s Effect on Nixon’s 1968 Win

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by James E. Wright

By the fall of 1968, a majority of Americans agreed that Vietnam was the nation’s major problem—as they had pretty consistently affirmed for the previous three years. Increasingly, there was a mood that it was time to do something about this problem—and some emerging if vague consensus on what this might be. In May, 41 percent of those polled by George Gallup had said they were “hawks” and an equivalent number described themselves as “doves.”
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Jack London and the Yukon Gold Rush

by Peter Lourie; illustrated by Wendell Minor

In a heavy drizzle, Jack London and his gold- mining partners sat in dugout canoes loaded with five tons of supplies as Sitka Tlingit paddlers drove their seventy- five- foot- long boats through heavy seas. Clouds tumbled like ghosts over the craggy peaks above them. Jack had traveled a long way— first by steamer from San Francisco, California, to Juneau, Alaska, and now by wooden canoe to the coastal village of Dyea (pronounced Die- EE), Alaska, one hundred miles north of Juneau.
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World War I Centennial: America’s Entry into The Great War

World War I Centennial

Exactly 100 years ago today, April 6, 1917 the United States of America declared war on the German Empire and officially entered World War I.  Largely forgotten today, Americans across the country volunteered to serve their country and played a vital role in bringing an end to one of the most devastating conflicts of the Twentieth Century.

To celebrate America’s World War I Centennial, events are being held in major cities around the world. In tribute, we round up some of our favorite books that identify our heroes and their sacrifice. Read more ›

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Back Over There: Remembering the Last Survivors of WWI

Back Over There

Richard Rubin Heads Back Over There

In The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin introduced readers to a forgotten generation of Americans: the men and women who fought and won the First World War. Interviewing the war’s last survivors face-to-face, he knew well the importance of being present if you want to get the real story. But he soon came to realize that to get the whole story, he had to go Over There, too. So he did, and discovered that while most Americans regard that war as dead and gone, to the French, who still live among its ruins and memories, it remains very much alive. Read more ›

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