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Barack Obama’s Inauguration and his Legacy

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by Michael D’Antonio On the day before he became president of the United States, Barack Obama put on faded jeans and went to the Sasha Bruce House, a shelter for runaway youth on Capitol Hill, where he used a roller

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After Yeltsin: A Historic Change in Russian Attitudes toward Americans

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By Lisa Dickey The first time I traveled across Russia, in the fall of 1995, most people I met seemed to love Americans. The Soviet Union had collapsed four years earlier, leading to an abrupt thaw in the Cold War.

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Nominating Our Best History Books 2016

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As we close in on the end of of the year, we list our best history books of 2016. Over the course of 2016 we published some incredible stories. Everything from military bravery and historic events to unique little known stories that we

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History, Modern History, Sports History

When JFK Endorsed The Ugly American

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by Steven Watts In the crisis of masculinity that preoccupied so many in late 1950s America, a few beacons of hope pierced the gloominess. Cosmopolitan, in its 1957 special issue examining the conundrums of the modern American male, included a

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The Incredible Case of Monsignor Scarano

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by Gianluigi Nuzzi In March 2013, before the election of the new Pontiff, the prosecutors’ offices in Salerno and in Rome had begun an investigation into the financial activities of Monsignor Scarano, the chief accountant of the special section of

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