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The History Behind the Mystery: A Death of No Importance

by Mariah Fredericks One of my favorite books as a kid was an illustrated chronicle of famous disasters. Pompeii, Titanic, the Chicago Fire.  I loved that book. I wore it out. The spine was cracked; the pages came loose. I

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The Making of a Legendary American Film

by Don Graham When George Stevens picked Rock Hudson to play rancher Bick Benedict in the big new film that everybody in Hollywood was buzzing about, the actor couldn’t have been happier. He was “walking in clouds,” he wrote Stevens

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From Grace Kelly’s Wedding to a Women’s Shelter: A Woman’s Search for the Truth

by Nyna Giles and Eve Claxton Nyna Giles was picking up groceries at the supermarket one day when she looked down and saw the headline on the cover of a tabloid: “Former Bridesmaid of Princess Grace Lives in Homeless Shelter.” Nyna

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A Kidnapped Boy Becomes a Patron Saint

by Philip Jett “My name is Patrick… I was taken prisoner. I was about sixteen… I was taken into captivity in Ireland, along with thousands of others,” Saint Patrick revealed in two letters written in the fifth century called Saint

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Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy

by Daniel Kalder Since the days of the Roman Empire dictators have written books. But in the twentieth-century, despots enjoyed unprecedented print runs to (literally) captive audiences. The titans of the genre—Stalin, Mussolini, and Khomeini among them—produced theoretical works, spiritual

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