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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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8 Comprehensive Books About the Great Migration 

Learn more about one of the largest population shifts in American history. 

Teddy Roosevelt's Legendary Rough Riders

This cavalry regiment was celebrated for its role in the Spanish-American War.

The Startling History of Project Iceworm

Did you know the US tried to hide nuclear weapons under the Greenland ice sheet?

Battle of Midway: The Nimitz Plan That Failed

An unexpected development required quick thinking.

Prince Felix Yusupov, the Aristocrat Who Murdered Rasputin

He assassinated the mystic at an ostensible housewarming party.

11 Fascinating Books About the Gilded Age

Mark Twain coined "the Gilded Age" to mean this period of time was “glittering on the surface, but corrupt underneath.”

Remembering Victor Navasky, Accomplished Journalist and Publisher

He was the eminent former editor of The Nation and a National Book Award winner.

11 Infamous Hoaxes That Fooled the World

What’s better than a true story? A story that’s too good to be true.

8 Eye-Opening Books About Colonialism

European empires once controlled most of the globe—what's their legacy?

The Real History Behind 5 Famous Military Photographs

These iconic images summed up entire wars in the public imagination.

These Oral History Books Share Firsthand Perspectives

Hear directly from people who lived through historical events.

Explore the Fascinating Life of Britain's Newest Leader, King Charles

He spent years with an up-close look at what it's like to rule Britain—and now the responsibility rests on his shoulders.

The Greatest History (and Beyond) Books for Dads of All Types

Dad's always gifted three copies of the latest history bestseller? Try these recommendations to find him something new.

17 Eye-Opening Books About John F. Kennedy

Closing the gap between fact and fiction.

7 Fascinating Books about Postwar America

Nearly every aspect of American life changed after WWII.