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Modern History Stories

So much has happened in the past decade alone, but what got us here? Humanity has evolved in so many ways in the modern era. From the Industrial Revolution to the invention of the iPhone, from the Space Race to SpaceX, from last century's influenza pandemic to Covid-19, there’s a lot to cover. These stories attempt to recount how we’ve gotten to where we are and the rapid change that took place within the last few centuries.

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11 Must-Read Books About World War II Weapons

These technological advancements influenced the outcome of the war. 

How American GIs Brought Spam to the World

The canned meat gained popularity during WWII and evolved into a cultural icon.

12 Books About the History of Space Exploration

The triumphant, the tragic, and everything in between.

Portraits in History: The Best David McCullough Books

Rediscover America through McCullough's most beloved works.

The Mathematician Who Saved Hundreds of Flight Crews

This Jewish refugee took a different approach to armoring planes.

The Romanov Family Beyond the Royal Tragedy: 10 Facts You May Not Know

The Romanovs' historical relevance goes far beyond a midnight execution.

James A. Garfield and William McKinley: The Other Assassinated Presidents

Their deaths are less talked about than Lincoln and Kennedy, but no less important.

What Happened During the Great Chicago Fire?

An enduring myth posits that a cow was to blame.

6 Fascinating Coups That Have Shaken the World

Sudden and illegal seizures of power have the capacity to change world history.

36 Eye-Opening Books About the Holocaust

From firsthand accounts to comprehensive studies, these books examine the tragedies of the Holocaust.

The Last Witchcraft Trial in the U.S.

Nearly 200 years after the original Salem witch trials, the same town saw allegations resurface.

14 Fascinating Books About the Founding Fathers of America

They were more than a stuffy group of old men—in fact, many of them were young and rowdy.

5 Royal Figures Who Were Assassinated

These tragic murders reverberated throughout their kingdoms.

What We Know About Uncontacted Peoples

These tribes have spurned contact with the modern outside world.