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Bring Up the Bodies

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Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: History

From www.nybooks.com

Historians cannot pinpoint the moment when Henry VIII decided to get rid of his second wife. To marry Anne Boleyn, he had overturned the religious and political order of Europe, breaking with Rome and setting himself up as head of the English church.

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Road to Valor

Monday, June 25, 2012
Category: History

From sportsillustrated.cnn.com

What the press didn′t know was that Gino Bartali was also fueled by a secret. Unlike many of the competitors he now raced against, his toughest moments had come not on the steepest pitches of the Tour de France but during the darkest days of the German occupation of Italy during World War II, when Bartali had risked his life to help save hundreds of Jews from deportation and death in Nazi concentration camps.

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Stalin & Hitler: Mass Murder by Starvation

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Friday, June 22, 2012
Category: History

From www.nybooks.com

By August 1941 it was clear that the initial invasion plan had not worked. Although the German advance was rapid, the Soviet Union had not collapsed. Leningrad had not fallen to Army Group North. In late September, Army Group North undertook a siege of the city by means of starvation.

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Amelia Earhart’s Fate May Be Solved Planetsave

Monday, June 18, 2012
Category: History

From planetsave.com

A small cosmetics jar linked to Amelia Earhart has been found on an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati. This supports the theory that she landed and later died on the island.

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Steve Jobs′ Pentagon File: Blackmail Fears, Youthful Arrest and LSD Cubes Threat Level Wired.com

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Category: History

From www.wired.com

While being interviewed by investigators for clearance in 1988, Jobs was asked in what ways he might be susceptible to blackmail. He replied that he had an illegitimate daughter and felt that “the type of blackmail or threat that could be made against me would be if someone kidnapped [her].

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“That Time We Beat the Americans” by Stephen Marche The Walrus March 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012
Category: History

From walrusmagazine.com

What occurred two centuries ago was more or less a family feud. The Pulitzer Prize"winning historian Alan Taylor titled his 2010 survey of the conflict The Civil War of 1812 — a phrase that captures the profound connection between the combatants, and the unstable relationship between the Empire and the Republic.

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BBC News - Joseph Stalin′s deadly railway to nowhere

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Category: History

From www.bbc.co.uk

The scheme was supposed to link the eastern and western parts of Siberia with a 1,000-mile (1,609km) railway stretching from the city of Inta, in Komi Autonomous Republic, through Salekhard to Igarka, on the Yenisei River.

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Navy marks Battle of Midway′s 70th anniversary - Yahoo! News

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Category: History

From news.yahoo.com

The U.S. was badly outnumbered and its pilots less experienced than Japan′s. Even so, it sank four Japanese aircraft carriers the first day of the three-day battle and put Japan on the defensive, greatly diminishing its ability to project air power as it had in the attack on Hawaii.

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Is It Art? Increasingly, That′s a Judicial Decision Postmodern Times by Eric Felten - WSJ.com

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Category: History

From online.wsj.com

Judges are regularly obliged to settle disputes over artistic meaning, expression or authenticity. Their answers have huge consequences for what can and cannot be attempted by artists.

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