Historical Figures

Best History Books of 2014 Gift Guide

by The History Reader

The holiday season is upon us as are the end of the year “Best of 2014” lists! Therefore, we have rounded up a selection of this year’s best history books, and are pleased to present New … Read the article

Nelson Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend

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by Christo Brand

My entire relationship with Nelson Mandela was instinctive. I never worked out or tried to analyse the dynamics of being the prison warder in charge of his daily life for 12 years, and his close friend for … Read the article

My Time On the Set With Marlene Dietrich

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by Rory MacLean

Why are we drawn to certain cities? Perhaps because of a story read in childhood. Or a chance teenage meeting. Or maybe simply because the place touches us, embodying in its tribes, towers and history an aspect … Read the article

The Truth about Lincoln’s Beard

Abraham Lincoln

By Daniel Stashower

My son’s history teacher thinks I’m spreading lies.

To be fair, he was wonderfully polite about it. “I read your book,” he told me, standing by the punch bowl at Back to School night. “That story about … Read the article

The Many Names of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

By Rod Green

There can’t be many people who have never heard the name Nelson Mandela. His has become a household name, a name respected by everyone everywhere, from grandmothers to schoolchildren. Not so many people would recognize his other … Read the article

Napoleon: Son of the Revolution

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By Alan Forrest

Napoleon

Napoleon’s rise owed everything to the French Revolution, to its ideals of liberty and equality, the meritocracy that lay at its roots, and the huge institutional changes that it wrought. Without the events of 1789, France would … Read the article