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The Story of the Real Ichabod Crane

by Philip Jett “It was the very witching time of night that Ichabod, heavy-hearted and crestfallen, pursued his travel homeward. . . ” In Washington Irving’s 1820 classic short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the principal character (with a

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The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Angleton

by Jefferson Morley CIA spymaster James Angleton was one of the most powerful unelected officials in the United States government in the mid-20th century, a ghost of American power. From World War II to the Cold War, Angleton operated beyond

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Owen Boyd’s Escape From Vincigliata Castle

Owen Boyd

by Mark Felton John Leeming reflected on the journey that had landed him unexpectedly in the hands of the enemy. They had taken off from RAF Stradishall near Haverhill in Suffolk on 19 November 1940 bound for Cairo via the

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The Brutal Struggle for American Independence

by Bill O’Reilly Valley Forge, Pennsylvania February 16, 1778 Mid-morning George Washington’s army is desperate. It has been a miserable winter, with rebel troops camped just eighteen miles away from the British Army, which is comfortably housed in Philadelphia. While

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A Rumor of War: The Classic Vietnam Memoir

by Philip Caputo The 40th-anniversary edition of the classic Vietnam memoir—featured in the PBS documentary series The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick—with a new foreword by Kevin Powers. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers

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