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The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai

by Paul French Shanghai, 1930s: It was a haven for outlaws from all over the world; a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, and fortunes made—and lost.

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Robert Todd Lincoln—Blessed and Cursed

by Philip Jett Robert Todd Lincoln did not resemble his famous father. At seven inches shorter and quite a few pounds heavier, many who met him were disappointed. He lacked the ability to spin a tale like his father, often

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The Real Women Who Inspired Downton Abbey

by Anne de Courcy Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege, and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing

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Henry James, the Bowery, and New York Jews

by Alice Sparberg Alexiou In 1904, at the apex of his career, Henry James came home from Europe for the first time in more than 20 years. He’d written many books—Daisy Miller, The Wings of the Dove, What Maisie Knew, Portrait

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The History Behind the Mystery: Maze Master

by Kathleen O’Neal Gear A reporter once told me that our library could pass for a crime lab.  Skulls detailing the history of humanity line the shelves and perch on pedestals, beginning with a diminutive acrylic cast of Australopithecus afarensis,

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