Frida Kahlo and the Case of the Devalued Woman Artist

 By Celia Stahr

Today, Frida Kahlo is one of the most celebrated artists in the world. Millions of people line up to pay homage to her work. Frida bags, bracelets, earrings, and shirts can be purchased around the globe. However, this was not always the case. In the following article, Celia Stahr, author of Frida in America, discusses how gender inequality has impacted female artists throughout history.

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America’s Remarkable First Humanitarian Mission: Widespread Aid to Ireland During the Great Famine

By Stephen Puleo

Stephen Puleo, author of Voyage of Mercy, discusses 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.

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The Age of Illusions: Al, Fred, and Homer’s America

by Andrew J. Bacevich

In The Age of Illusions, Andrew J. Bacevich presents a thought-provoking and penetrating account of the post-Cold war follies and delusions that culminated in the age of Donald Trump. Read on for an excerpt.

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Featured Excerpt: The Great Rift

By James Mann

The following is an excerpt from The Great Rift by James Mann, a sweeping history of the intertwined careers of Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, whose rivalry and conflicting views of U.S. national security color our political debate to this day.

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Hidden Heroes in a Sexist World

by Tracy Walder

Tracy Walder, author of The Unexpected Spy, discusses the history of women in the intelligence community and how it affected her life as both a CIA operative and an FBI agent.

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