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Grammar Versus Slang: An American Tradition

Davy Crockett at the fall of the Alamo

by Rosemarie Ostler It only takes a quick surf around the internet to see that Americans are fascinated by their own language use. Countless blogs offer grammar and usage advice, or simply complain about the falling off of standards. At

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Infamy: A Q&A With Author Richard Reeves


The History Reader Infamy is the latest work by bestselling author Richard Reeves. It begins in the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an event that inflamed the nation and drew the United States into the Second World War.

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Remembering the Stories of the Holocaust

by The History Reader This year, during the 70th anniversary marking the end of the Holocaust and the beginning of Yom HaShoah—Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day—we remember the stories that shed light on one of the darkest periods in contemporary history.

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth

Around the world in 50 years - 9781250051981

by Al Podell ALBERT PODELL author of AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 YEARS: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth is the only American to visit every country on earth and set a record for the longest automobile journey ever

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Posted in Contemporary History

Two Critical Events in UFO History


by Larry Holcombe After completing the manuscript for my new book, The Presidents and UFOs: A secret History from FDR to Obama, and turning it over to my publisher, I realized, with much consternation, that I had overlooked including two

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

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