Historical Figures

The Bones of John the Baptist

David Gibson and Michael McKinley

The Bones of John the Baptist

The island of Sveti Ivan does not immediately strike a visitor as the likeliest place to solve one of the most puzzling mysteries of Christian history. Just a quarter-mile … Read the article

Frank Mankiewicz: A Portrait

Frank Mankiewicz

by Frank Mankiewicz

I don’t know when or by whom the portrait of my grandfather for whom I was named was created. Frank Mankiewicz was a good American and spoke good English, but his aspect—at least in the portrait— was … Read the article

Hemingway and La Feria de San Fermín

by A.E. Hotchner

In the spring of 1948, I was dispatched to Havana on the ridiculous mission of asking Ernest Hemingway to write an article on “The Future of Literature.” I was with Cosmopolitan, then a literary magazine, before its … Read the article

Princess Louise: A Biography

Princess Louise

by Lucinda Hawksley

The Locock Family Secret – Princess Louise

It was while looking into the rumors concerning Princess Louise’s illegitimate baby that I came into contact with the Locock family. I  read newspaper accounts of  two court cases, in … Read the article

Homer Matters: Why?

Why Homer Matters

by Adam Nicolson

Chapter 1

One evening ten years ago I started to read Homer in English. With an old friend, George Fairhurst, I had just sailed from Falmouth to Baltimore in southwest Ireland, 250 miles across the Celtic Sea. … Read the article

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 … Read the article

Churchill and His Money: No More Champagne

No More Champagne

by David Lough

An Introduction: Churchill and his Money

This book owes its genesis to a provocative history teacher and to a scandalized grandmother. The first tried to stimulate independent thought in his fourteen-year-old pupils by describing Winston Churchill as … Read the article