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Hemingway and Cuba: Through the Smoke of a 102-year-old’s Cigar

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by Brin-Jonathan Butler Gregorio Fuentes, the model for Hemingway’s humble Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea, survived until 104 and still never read a word of the thin, 127-page novel that brought his friend a Pulitzer and Noble

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Posted in Modern History

Guarding Fidel Castro: His Double Life and Infidelity

Juan Reinaldo Sanchez Shaking Fidel Castro's Hand

by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez THE CASTRO DYNASTY There is nothing ordinary about Fidel Castro. He is unique, special, and different. One thing in particular, among all the others, marks him out from all his compatriots: he cannot dance the salsa!

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Firefight: New York’s First Black Firefighters

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By Ginger Adams Otis It’s no secret that FDNY firefighters are among the best in the world, but here’s a little-known fact about New York’s Bravest: a black woman was among the city’s earliest smoke eaters. Her name was Molly

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

The Global Reserve Currency: Despite Problems The Dollar Still Rules

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By Milton Ezrati The dollar is back. After no end of death sentences issued over the years, the greenback today still stands as the world’s premier currency for trade and finance, what economists and bankers call “the global reserve currency.”

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Who Really was America’s First Flying Ace: The Case for Eddie Rickenbacker

Eddie Rickenbacker-Enduring Courage

by John F. Ross In Spring of 1918, during World War I, two American pilots entered a fierce competition to become the first ace in American service by shooting down five confirmed enemy airships. They both couldn’t have been cut

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

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