The History Reader offers articles, interviews, insights, and further reading for history buffs and book lovers everywhere.

How Norma Became Marilyn

by Charles Casillo

In this excerpt from his ground-breaking biography, Charles Casillo explores how the actions of one army photographer sparked the transition of Norma Jeane into Marilyn Monroe.

Monroe photographed arriving at Ciro’s nightclub for a soirée celebrating Louella… Read the article

The Art of the Demagogue

by Eric A. Posner

Huey Long: United States Governor, Senator, and perhaps one of its greatest demagogues. In the following excerpt from The Demagogue’s Playbook, Eric A. Posner examines how Long highlighted American democracy’s susceptibility to the demagogue in the … Read the article

A Coup D’état, American Style

by Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman

In the following excerpt from their book Four Threats, Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman discuss the violent rise of Southern Democrats in post-Civil War Wilmington, North Carolina that turned back decades of … Read the article