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The NYPD’s Most Decorated Detective

by Ralph Friedman, with Patrick Picciarelli I was constantly on the prowl to make quality arrests, the important word being quality. I doubt there’s a police officer in New York who couldn’t lock someone up thirty minutes into a shift. There’s

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Posted in Contemporary History

The Broadcasting Legend Who Discovered T. E. Lawrence

T.E. Lawrence

by Mitchell Stephens During the First World War Lowell Thomas was confirming—as he zipped to Europe, through Europe and then to the Middle East— that being in motion was his preferred state. And the direction he preferred for all this

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Inside a Prison Cell with Sheikh Ahmed Ashoush

by Shadi Hamid What does it look like to come of age in the Muslim Brotherhood, to find yourself skipping classes and revolting against the state? In an organization that prioritized the principle of “listening and obeying,” how did Muslim

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Benghabrit: The Muslim Rector who saved Jews from the Gestapo

Benghabrit

by Susan Cahill The Grand Mosque of Paris was built between 1922 and 1926 to symbolize the eternal friendship between France and Islam. It was also meant to express gratitude to the half-million Muslims of the French Empire’s North African

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Ben Sasse: The Downfall of American Adolescence

by Ben Sasse How did we get to this point—where a large portion of our people in the prime of their lives are stuck in a sad sort of limbo, ordering pizza on cell phones while streaming Netflix from their parents’

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History
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