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5 Little-Known Facts about the History of California Wine


by Frances Dinkelspiel 1) The Franciscan Fathers of Baja California The Franciscan fathers were the first to plant grapes in California. Father Junipero Serra wrote to his bosses in Baja California in the late 18th century and asked that they

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Kissinger’s Shadow: A Q&A with Author Greg Grandin

Kissinger's Shadow

Q. Kissinger is frequently called a “realist,” but you disagree. How so? There are lots of ways to define political “realism,” but at its heart is the idea that “reality” is objective and observable – that one’s interests and power

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The Heart Healers: Saving Men at the D-Day Beach Landings

Heart Healers ; D-D Landings

by James S. Forrester, M.D. Chapter 2 – “What Man Meant for Evil, God Meant for Good” In June 1944 at the D-Day beach landings, Dwight Harken was brought a dying soldier with a gaping injury to his sternum and

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Hitler’s Art Thief – Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazis, and the Looting of Europe’s Treasures

Hitler's Art Thief - Hildebrand Gurlitt

by Susan Ronald When I stepped into a large, Swiss bank vault in 1998 in my previous life as an investment banker, I had no idea that I would see a tiny portion of one of the greatest private looted

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The Making of Home: Secrets of Log Cabin History

The making of home

by Judith Flanders In 1857, the 250th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, were announced to have been held exactly on the spot where ‘the first log-cabin was built’. In reality,

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