The Year of Decision

by Stephen Puleo

Voyage of Mercy is the remarkable story of the mission that inspired a nation to donate massive relief to Ireland during the potato famine and began America’s tradition of providing humanitarian aid around the world. Read on for an excerpt.

Read more ›

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in U. S. History

Ship of Death: A Terrifying and Implacable Enemy

by Catharine Arnold

In the final part of her Ship of Death essay, Catharine Arnold wraps up the tragic tale of the USS Leviathan, a troopship that highlighted the devastating spread of the Spanish flu.

Read more ›

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in World History

The Rise of America’s Missile Defense System

By Daniel Wasserbly

In The 300, military and security expert Daniel Wasserbly introduces the elite unit tasked with protecting the nation from long-range weapons of mass destruction. Read on for an excerpt.

Read more ›

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Military History

A Window into the Past

by Jane K. Cleland

If you want to know about a society’s values, mores, and conventions, look to the decorative elements common during that era. Join Novelist Jane K. Cleland as she reflects on different objects from the past to better understand how people lived, the choices they made, and why.

Read more ›

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Historical Fiction

Lessons from the AIDS Epidemic

by Jonathan D. Quick, MD, with Bronwyn Fryer

The 2020 outbreak of coronavirus has terrified the world–and revealed how unprepared we are for the next outbreak of an infectious disease. In The End of Epidemics, Dr. Jonathan D. Quick examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of influenza, AIDS, SARS, and other viral diseases, proposing a new set of actions to end epidemics before they can begin. Read on for an excerpt.

Read more ›

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in World History

The History Reader Newsletter