The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by medieval and modern myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and developed a vast trading network. They traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships, not only to raid, […]
We all know we should give to charity, but who really does? Approximately three quarters of Americans give their time and money to various charities, churches, and causes, the other quarter of the population does not. Why has America split into two nations: givers and non-givers? Arthur Brooks, a top scholar of economics and public […]
In Work 2.0, Bill Jensen introduces us to a new breed of managers and organizations that are maximizing productivity, developing leaders at all levels, constantly innovating, attracting exceptional talent, and winning in the marketplace. The key to their success is recognizing that the most valuable assets in the company are the time, attention, knowledge, passion, energy, […]
When the pirate operator Oliver Smedley shoots and kills his rival Reg Calvert in Smedley’s country cottage on June 21, 1966, it is a turning point in the careening career of the outlaw radio stations dotting the coastal waters of England. Situated on ships and offshore forts like Shivering Sands, these stations blasted away at […]
Sugata Biswas has been a management consultant with some of the leading consulting firms in private, public, and nonprofit sectors including Accenture, IBM Global Services/The Wilkerson Group, RAND Corporation, and Viant. He is currently vice president of Interactive Clinical Intelligence. Sugata has been a college professor of Economics, and was recognized for outstanding ability by […]
Dan Hooper is a Senior Scientist in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the interface between particle physics and cosmology. Whereas particle physics explores the fundamental nature of energy and matter, cosmology is the […]
Paul Attewell is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where he works in two doctoral programs: sociology and urban education. His recent research has been in the sociology of education with a focus on the relationship between educational institutions and social inequality. He has studied middle and high schools and colleges. He […]
Annelise Orleck is professor of history and women’s and gender studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of <em>Storming Caesar’s Palace</em>, published by Beacon Press, about nine African-American women born in the Mississippi Delta who became hotel maids, union activists and later welfare rights activists in, of all places, Las Vegas, Nevada. Annelise's first book, <em>Common Sense and a Little Fire: Working Class Women’s Activism in the 20th Century U.S</em>. is a collective biography of four Jewish immigrant women and their work as labor organizers, lobbyists, educators and community activists. Her second book, <em>Soviet-Jewish Americans</em>, traces the mass emigration by Soviet Jews to the United States between 1972 and 2000.
While the American South had grown to expect a yellow fever breakout almost annually in the 1800s, the 1878 epidemic was without question the worst ever. Moving up the Mississippi in the late summer, in the span of just a few months the fever killed more than 18,000 people. The city of Memphis was particularly […]
When Abraham Lincoln helped create the Republican Party on the eve of the Civil War, his goal was to promote economic opportunity for all Americans, not just the slaveholding Southern planters who steered national politics. Yet while visionary Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower shared Lincoln’s egalitarian dream, their attempts to use government to […]
A sweeping history of the United States from the era of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, West from Appomattox stretches the boundaries of our understanding of Reconstruction. Heather Cox Richardson ties the North and West into the post–Civil War story that usually focuses narrowly on the South, and in so doing, shows that the […]
When Abba Eban died in 2002 at the age of 87 he was praised for the passion and erudition of his public voice and its effect on international opinion. As Israel’s representative at the United Nations during the independence struggle of 1948, its ambassador to both Washington and the United Nations during the Middle East […]
David J. Silverman is Professor in the Department of History at George Washington University. He is the author of four books in Native American and colonial American history, with a particular focus on New England. His next book, a Wampanoag-centered history of Plymouth colony and the Thanksgiving holiday, will be published by Bloomsbury.
Andreas Wagner is a professor in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Zurich and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute for the study of complex systems. He is the author of Arrival of the Fittest: How Life Invents Itself, which Kirkus (in a starred review) called “A book of startling congruencies, insightful flashes and an artful enthusiasm…’ His next book, <em>Landscapes of Evolution: Mapping the Origins of Creativity</em>, will be published by Basic Books.
Timothy J. Shannon is Professor of History at Gettysburg College and the chair of the department of history His scholarship has focused on Native Americans and British peoples in colonial North America. He is the author of several books and his articles have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly among other publications.
Kristine Thorson is the author, with Robert Thorson, of Stone Wall Secrets, published by Tilbury House Publishers. The book was honored as one of Smithsonian’s Notable Books for Children in 1998.