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Paul Revere: Revolutionary Dissent

Paul Revere

by Stephen Solomon Paul Revere: The Silver Smith When John Singleton Copley painted a portrait of Paul Revere in 1768, he depicted an idealized image of one of Boston’s leading artisans. Revere, then in his mid-thirties, sits behind a polished

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Orson Welles: The Origins of Citizen Kane

Orson Welles

by Harlan Lebo Orson Welles: Asking for the impossible The creation of Citizen Kane is a story of many contrasts: it is a celebration of artistic vision and a disturbing account of corporate conspiracy. It is a drama that played

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Lusitania: Triumph and Tragedy


by Greg Kind and Penny Wilson Lusitania Prologue Saturday, May 1, 1915 A rainy twilight fell over New York City on April 30, 1915. Spring was late that year: indeed, an unexpected blizzard had nearly paralyzed the city three weeks

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The SS Californian: Avoiding Titanic Icebergs

SS Califonian

by David Dyer Excerpt taken from The Midnight Watch: A Novel of the Titanic and the SS Californian Stone walked back to the SS Californian’s rail and looked again towards the south. The three icebergs had drifted astern but he could

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In Search of Poxl West

Poxl West

by Daniel Torday Revisiting Kent and Poxl West At some point during the years I spent researching the London Blitz in order to write key scenes from my debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, I came across a

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