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The NY Giants Deals That Never Were: Trump, Taylor & Schnellenberger

NY Giants

by Jerry Barca In early December 1984, two days after the NY Giants lost their tenth game of the season, Lawrence Taylor sat down to lunch to deal with Donald Trump. The real estate magnate had recently purchased the USFL’s

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Posted in Sports History

John Humphrey Noyes: Inventing ‘Free Love’

Polly Hayes Noyes; John Humphrey Noyes

Ellen Wayland-Smith A Minister Is Born: John Humphrey Noyes When John Humphrey Noyes’s mother, Polly Hayes Noyes, took a deep breath after the travail of childbirth to see that her firstborn son was a “proper child”—that is, one apparently hearty enough

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Posted in Modern History

Ron Darling: Game 7, 1986

Ron Darling Game 7

by Ron Darling with Daniel Paisner Game 7, 1986: Be careful what you wish for This book is not like other sports books. Certainly, it’s not like other books by former ballplayers. Athletes seem to want to write about the

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Charles Ponzi: What Makes a Con Artist?

Charles Ponzi; My Adventures with your moeny

by T.D. Thornton When you think of the history of con artists, what images come to mind? Perhaps it’s the dashing “sharpie in a fedora” stereotype that hearkens to the Roaring Twenties. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of financial ruin with

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Clinton’s America: The 1990s

The Age of Clinton

by Gil Troy Bill Clinton was ambitious, in the best sense of the word. He wanted to use the president’s bully pulpit to make history. He wanted to preserve traditional values with a liberal, open, pro-government but not big-government twist.

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Posted in Contemporary History

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