The Secret History of a Kennedy Encounter

How a secret Mediterranean meeting between JFK, Winston Churchill and a billionaire shipping magnate led to a wrinkle in the future president’s marriage—and laid the seeds of what would blossom into Jackie’s second.
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Abe Lincoln’s Loveliest Spy

Amid the bloodiest throes of the Civil War, a beautiful actress in search of adventure donned disguises, dodged death, and slipped secretly behind Confederate lines.

Brazil’s Secret History of Southern Hospitality

After the American Civil War, some 7,000 Confederates set sail for Brazil. Their Dixie-loving descendants represent one of the most curious cultures in the modern world.

Freedomland Forever!

On the swampland where the towers of Co-op City now stand, a writer pieces together the corrupt and convoluted backstory of the Bronx’s once and only amusement park.

Minik and the Meteor

Behind the American Museum of Natural History’s most venerable artifact is the shameful tale of a relentless explorer and a young boy’s torturous journey from Greenland to New York.

Crash of the Century

Ninety-five years ago, a horrific train wreck wiped a Brooklyn street off the map, and changed the city’s subway system forever.

Is It Down There?

A subterranean mystery lingering since the 1964 World’s Fair has baffled history buffs from Flushing to Florida.

Cycles of Fashion

A look back at the bicycle’s meteoric rise to the height of nineteenth century fashion, and its subsequent fall, provides striking parallels to today's bike culture.

The Renegade Rider of 1894

Armed with only a revolver, a change of undergarments and a bicycle, Annie Londonderry embarks on an epic around-the-world adventure in 1894, with New York City as her first taste of freedom.

The Shark Attack that Shook the 1700s

How a few gruesome minutes in Havana Harbor changed the life of a fourteen-year-old orphan, upended the art world, and transformed the way humans think about sharks.

The Forgotten Photographer of America’s Great Plains

How a failed homesteader who died a ruined man finally found fame as the singular documentarian of America’s pioneer period.

Murder at the Tuxedo

On Easter morning, 1913, the nation's most notorious red-light district was awakened by an epic gun battle, and a shadowy killer named Gyp the Blood.
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