The Welfare QueenIn the 1970s, Ronald Reagan villainized a Chicago woman for bilking the government. Her other sins—including possible kidnappings and murders—were far worse.
The Drones of the Civil WarMeet the hot air balloonist who convinced Lincoln to use aerial reconnaissance.
Why “Four Score and Seven Years Ago”?The complicated politics and philosophies behind the first six words of the Gettysburg Address.
The Nazi AnatomistsHow the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science—and American abortion politics.
The Last Blood Libel Trial100 years ago, a Jewish man went on trial for his life. Inside the most sensational murder case you’ve never heard of.
The Personal PresidentWhy FDR shunned the State Department and instead sent friends and cronies on important diplomatic missions.
When Hillary Was Already HillaryHillary Rodham’s 1969 commencement speech, and the young poetry professor who saw it.
Skyjacker of the Day“I am trying to save America, to save the whole world, because we are all crazy.”
The Greatest Magazine Ever PublishedWhat I learned reading all of Life magazine from the summer of 1945.
Killing ConspiracyWhy the best conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination don’t stand up to scrutiny.
The Myth of the War of the Worlds PanicOrson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio program did not touch off nationwide hysteria. Why does the legend persist?
A Secret Plot in SyriaAn illustrated account of the 1949 coup—possibly CIA-assisted—that plunged the country into decades of political turmoil.
The Murders of GonzagoHow did we forget the mass killings in Indonesia? And what might they have taught us about Vietnam?
George W. Bush’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Was a Slave TraderA surprising new discovery about the notorious Thomas “Beau” Walker.
Skyjacker of the DayHe had a shotgun, dynamite, a collapsible shovel, a pup tent, candy bars, and a dark-blue parachute. What could go wrong?