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Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control

by Stephen Kinzer The visionary chemist Sidney Gottlieb was the CIA’s master magician and gentlehearted torturer—the agency’s “poisoner in chief.” As head of the MK-ULTRA mind control project, he directed brutal experiments at secret prisons on three continents. He made

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Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire

by Susan Ronald Condé Nast might have wondered why a publisher should feel like the ringmaster of a circus that would put Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s to shame. True, he aimed to create the “most excellent and stunning

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Alone at the March: A Firsthand Account of the Dream Speech

by Clayborne Carson I saw Martin Luther King Jr. proclaim his Dream at the 1963 March on Washington. King captured the nation’s attention, and his legacy ultimately became the focus of my career. In the days before the march, however,

Posted in Modern History

The History Behind the Mystery: Shamed

by Linda Castillo If you’ve traveled to Holmes County, Ohio, you’ve probably seen the quaint farms with the iconic bank barns and corn silos, the horse-drawn buggies, the men with long beards and flat-brimmed hats, and the women clad in

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Blood Money—A Short History of Mercenaries in Modern Warfare

by J. R. Olson Mercenary. A noun with a lot of historical and literary baggage. defines the term as “a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army… a soldier of fortune”. I’ve always liked the term “hired

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