On the night of March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd gathered in front of Boston’s Custom House, killing five people. Denounced as an act of unprovoked violence and villainy, the event that came to be known as the Boston Massacre is one of the most familiar incidents in American history, yet one […]
Most people would feel a great loss if elephants, rhinos, or gorillas were to become extinct, but would we willingly move our families, change our means of earning a living, and disrupt our culture to prevent their extinction? People living in rural Africa are being asked to do just this by the world community. The Myth […]
Like the Greeks who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece, the new Argonauts—foreign-born, technically skilled entrepreneurs who travel back and forth between Silicon Valley and their home countries—seek their fortune in distant lands by launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. Their story illuminates profound transformations in the global […]
Every general manager today—all the way up to the CEO—is expected by his or her stakeholders to achieve new breakthroughs in performance—and fast. Those who don’t make visible progress toward that goal within the first year or two will likely find themselves looking for another job. It is precisely because of this growing breakthrough imperative that […]
Jack E. Davis is a professor of environmental history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida. He is the author of Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, published by Liveright Publishers. The winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History and the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, it is a sweeping history of […]
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.
Dan Gillmor, an internationally recognized author and leader in new media and citizen-based journalism, is the founding director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and the Kauffman Professor of Digital Media Entrepreneurship. After reporting for newspapers in Vermont, Kansas City, and Detroit, Dan joined the San Jose Mercury News in 1994, writing a […]
Fred Anderson is professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766, published by Alfred A. Knopf and the winner of three prizes: the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the Colorado Book Award. It was also a finalist for the National Critics Book Circle Award in Non-Fiction. With Andrew Cayton, he is the author of The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000, which was published by Viking Penguin. He also is the author of The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War, published by Viking as a companion volume to the PBS documentary series of the same name.
What is nature worth? The answer to this question – which traditionally has been framed in environmental terms – is revolutionizing the way we do business. In Nature’s Fortune, Mark Tercek, CEO of the Nature Conservancy and former investment banker, and science writer Jonathan Adams argue that nature is not only the foundation of human well-being, but also […]
An article on the front page of the May 26, 1866 issue of Harper’s Weekly reported that, “There was in Memphis on the first two days of May an excitement unequaled since the close of the war.” The riot that provoked that “excitement,” has been largely forgotten, even though, as Stephen Ash’s new book, A Massacre […]
There are so many ways in which technology is changing things for the better. We use satellites to find our location on maps and we can ask our cellphones for driving directions. Thanks to logistics, inventory management and flexible manufacturing technologies, our supermarkets carry over fifty times as many items as the grocery stores of […]
In Downhill From Here: Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality, Katherine Newman advances the conversation about inequality, focusing her attention on the devastating impact that the changing nature of retirement is having on individuals and families, as well as on society and public confidence in institutions. She gives voice to the workers – blue […]
Professor of political science David Welch is the George Ignatieff Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto. An expert on international crisis and war, his research focuses on national and international security, decision making, intelligence and moral psychology. His book, Justice and the Genesis of War was the winner of the […]
Edward Gray is the former editor of the interactive journal Common-place, and is the author of several books, including, most recently, Tom Paine’s Iron Bridge, published by W. W. Norton. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Kathleen DuVal called the book “fascinating and important.” Since 1999 he has taught courses in colonial and revolutionary-era American history and […]
Samuel Brown is Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Medicine at the University of Utah/Intermountain Healthcare, where his scientific focus is life-threatening infections and the ethical and humanistic implications of critical care. A faculty member of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Dr. Brown has published widely in medical, ethics, and history journals. He […]
Anders Winroth is professor of history at Yale where he teaches medieval history, including courses on the Viking Age. In 2003, Winroth was named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is the author, most recently of The Age of the Vikings, published by Princeton University Press. In his review in the Wall Street Journal, Tom Shippey wrote, “Mr. Winroth’s account is superior to all its most recent competitors.” His earlier book, The Conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe, was published by Yale University Press and is the winner of the 2013 Gustav Ranis International Book Prize.