The Head in Football
The former player Michael Oriard brings a unique perspective to this informed discussion of the history ...
The Cause and Cure of Hysteria
Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist crusade prompts Harry Truman to reflect on the nature of demagoguery.
The Capture of Adolf Eichmann
The behind-the-scenes story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann by the Israeli Secret Service.
The Spark in the Tinderbox
A gripping account of the murder of the archduke Franz Ferdinand that triggered World War I.
The Battle of Britain
History’s version of the Battle of Britain, a key moment in World War II, is gallant ...
The Apprenticeship of Alger Hiss
Bruce Craig draws on fresh sources for this account of Alger Hiss's early years, when he ...
The Siege of Blair Mountain
A gripping account of the 1920s conflict between mine workers and their bosses in West Virginia.
The March to the Sea
General William T. Sherman describes his march from Atlanta to Savannah in 1864, the prelude to ...
Visiting Europe’s most unhappy places, Ann Birstein offers a moving perspective on a tragic people trapped ...
Paris Under the Occupation
Sartre's attempt to justify France's apparently cowardly behavior under the ...
The Quintessential American
Selections from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
"Franklin seems to have a unique appeal,” writes the historian Gordon S. Wood. “He seems the most accessible, the most democratic, and the most folksy of the Founders. . . . Indeed, perhaps no person in American history has taken on such emblematic and imaginative significance for Americans as has Franklin.” Yet the man came late to his identity as an American, enjoying a wide circle of European contacts and living abroad more years than any other American leader. In his famous Autobiography he displays the iconic American virtues of thrift, ambition, hard work, self-improvement, and common sense. But the promotion of good morals in his book was, observed the North American Review in 1818, a fraud. “The groundwork of his character, during this period, was bad; and the moral qualities, which contributed to his rise, were of a worldly and very profitable kind.” In other words, like many of the Founders, aspects of Franklin’s character remain something of a puzzle. In these selections from his Autobiography, Franklin reflects upon his rise in the world and the self-taught lessons that brought his success.
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