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The History Reader A History Blog by @StMartinsPress, an imprint of @MacmillanUSA. We offer interviews, excerpts, and original commentary from a wide range of experts; from award-winning historians to honored veterans and more.

For more than sixty years, St. Martin's Press has published award-winning history books on a range of subjects.

For more than sixty years, St. Martin's Press has published award-winning history books on a range of subjects.

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So you want to find a lost city? Congratulations: you’ve joined an exclusive and perilous club. For hundreds of years, e...
04/06/2022

So you want to find a lost city? Congratulations: you’ve joined an exclusive and perilous club. For hundreds of years, explorers, dreamers, and scholars have fanned out across the world, in search of humanity’s lost cities. Some have failed to return. More have failed to find what they sought. But some—a lucky few—have made world-changing discoveries. bit.ly/THRLostCity

Listen to 100-Year-Old WWII hero John 'Lucky' Luckadoo share his incredible story with Military.com below. If you'd like...
04/05/2022
Hear 100-Year-Old WWII Hero John 'Lucky' Luckadoo Share His Story

Listen to 100-Year-Old WWII hero John 'Lucky' Luckadoo share his incredible story with Military.com below. If you'd like to learn more about his story, Lucky is the subject of Kevin Maurer's forthcoming book, DAMN LUCKY: bit.ly/THRDamnLuckyPreorder

World War II bomber pilot John "Lucky" Luckadoo flew B-17 Flying Fortresses over France and Germany between June and October 1943.

Romanov historian Helen Rappaport Writer, author of AFTER THE ROMANOVS, shares how hemophilia affected Tsar Nicholas II'...
04/02/2022
Hemophilia in the Romanov Family

Romanov historian Helen Rappaport Writer, author of AFTER THE ROMANOVS, shares how hemophilia affected Tsar Nicholas II's family and how it played a role leading to the royal family's assassination.

For World Hemophilia Day, NHF sat down with historian Dr. Helen Rappaport to discuss how hemophilia impacted the Romanov family. Follow Helen's work by visit...

LAST CHANCE! Enter for your chance to win the incredible true stories of the ill-fated 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition a...
04/01/2022

LAST CHANCE! Enter for your chance to win the incredible true stories of the ill-fated 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition and of the triumphant and tragic Greely Polar Expedition: bit.ly/THRArcticAdventureSweeps

On the latest episode of the HISTORY This Week podcast, Anne Sebba, author of ETHEL ROSENBERG, joins Michael and Robert ...
03/31/2022
‎HISTORY This Week: Ethel Rosenberg's Day in Court on Apple Podcasts

On the latest episode of the HISTORY This Week podcast, Anne Sebba, author of ETHEL ROSENBERG, joins Michael and Robert Meeropol, the sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, to discuss why Ethel's guilt is still a topic of debate today.

‎Show HISTORY This Week, Ep Ethel Rosenberg's Day in Court - Mar 28, 2022

“AFTER THE ROMANOVS traces the Russian encounter with Paris from the city’s glittering years as an expat playground befo...
03/30/2022
For Russian Aristocrats, Paris Was a Glittering Expat Playground — Until 1917

“AFTER THE ROMANOVS traces the Russian encounter with Paris from the city’s glittering years as an expat playground before World War I to the grimmer reality of life in exile after the Bolshevik seizure of power.”

Read the full The New York Times Books review below!

Helen Rappaport’s “After the Romanovs” explains why Paris became the gravitational center for exiles both before and after the Russian Revolution.

ETHEL ROSENBERG by Anne Sebba is the moving biography of the wife and mother whose execution for espionage-related crime...
03/30/2022

ETHEL ROSENBERG by Anne Sebba is the moving biography of the wife and mother whose execution for espionage-related crimes defined the Cold War and horrified the world. Get your eBook copy for $2.99: us.macmillan.com/books/9781250198655/ethelrosenberg

Why was the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during WWI so deadly and brutal? Author Jess Montgomery joined us today to discuss h...
03/29/2022

Why was the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during WWI so deadly and brutal? Author Jess Montgomery joined us today to discuss her research into the Allied offensive, which involved 1.2 million American soldiers; 26,000 of whom died in the battle, and how she wove it into her latest historical novel, THE ECHOES. bit.ly/THRMeuseArgonneOffensive

From tracking down Dr. David Livingstone after he'd been missing for almost 6 years in Africa to swapping war stories ov...
03/28/2022

From tracking down Dr. David Livingstone after he'd been missing for almost 6 years in Africa to swapping war stories over whiskeys with Wild Bill, Tom Clavin discusses the many adventures of Henry Morton Stanley. bit.ly/THRTheGunfighterandtheExplorer

Siân Evans recounts the tale of a heroic British nurse working behind enemy lines in Belgium during the First World War....
03/23/2022

Siân Evans recounts the tale of a heroic British nurse working behind enemy lines in Belgium during the First World War. Edith Cavell’s court-martial and execution by firing squad was to have international repercussions, but it is her humanity that has such lasting resonance today. bit.ly/THREdithCavell

Who was Daniel Morgan? From his brutal injury at the battle known as “Braddock’s Folly,” to becoming a hero of the Ameri...
03/22/2022

Who was Daniel Morgan? From his brutal injury at the battle known as “Braddock’s Folly,” to becoming a hero of the American Revolution, Tom Clavin traces the epic life of the roustabout turned revolutionary. bit.ly/THRDanielMorgan

Heroism, tragedy, adventure, and discovery. Enter for your chance to win the incredible true stories of the ill-fated 19...
03/21/2022

Heroism, tragedy, adventure, and discovery. Enter for your chance to win the incredible true stories of the ill-fated 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition and of the triumphant and tragic Greely Polar Expedition: bit.ly/THRArcticAdventureSweeps

Episode 10 of the Unknown History podcast's latest series based on Giles Milton’s CHECKMATE IN BERLIN discusses the Sovi...
03/18/2022

Episode 10 of the Unknown History podcast's latest series based on Giles Milton’s CHECKMATE IN BERLIN discusses the Soviet siege of western Berlin in 1948. What the Soviets didn’t anticipate was the ingenuity and tactical planning skills of Army Brigadier General Frank Howley when they cut off supply routes. Listen here: bit.ly/THRCiBEp10

Today marks the 100th birthday of John "Lucky" Luckadoo, a bomber pilot who flew and survived twenty-five missions at th...
03/16/2022

Today marks the 100th birthday of John "Lucky" Luckadoo, a bomber pilot who flew and survived twenty-five missions at the height of World War II. Lucky is the subject of Kevin Maurer's forthcoming book, DAMN LUCKY.

“We were young citizen-soldiers, terribly naive and gullible about what we would be confronted with in the air war over Europe and the profound effect it would have upon every fiber of our being for the rest of our lives. My hope is that this book honors the men with whom I served by telling the truth about what it took to climb into the cold blue and fight for our lives over and over again.” —John “Lucky” Luckadoo, Major, USAF (Ret.) 100th Bomb Group Foundation - "The Bloody Hundredth"

Pre-order your copy of DAMN LUCKY & complete the form linked below to receive an embroidered patch and a bookplate signed by Kevin Maurer and Lucky: bit.ly/THRDamnLuckyPreorder

Unbeknownst to Simon Kenton, the ball fired from his long rifle on the morning of April 24, 1777 might just have saved t...
03/15/2022

Unbeknownst to Simon Kenton, the ball fired from his long rifle on the morning of April 24, 1777 might just have saved the American Revolution. Read more about one of the most intriguing characters of Revolutionary-era America that you've probably never heard of: bit.ly/THRBloodandTreasureTP

If you want to learn more about the Romanovs, the British royal family, Napoleon, and other aristocrats, BookBub rounded...
03/12/2022
13 Riveting Histories About the Lives of Aristocrats

If you want to learn more about the Romanovs, the British royal family, Napoleon, and other aristocrats, BookBub rounded up a list of riveting history books filled with true tales of glamour, scandal, tragedy, and more.

Fans of ‘The Crown’ will devour these true accounts of royals and nobility.

THE NINE follows the true story of the author’s great aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fi...
03/11/2022

THE NINE follows the true story of the author’s great aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-day journey across the front lines of WWII from Germany back to Paris.

Get your eBook copy for just $2.99! us.macmillan.com/books/9781250239303/thenine

Have you heard of Queen Olga of Kyiv? The Vikings called her Helga and while she may not have been a shield-maid, she wa...
03/08/2022

Have you heard of Queen Olga of Kyiv? The Vikings called her Helga and while she may not have been a shield-maid, she was certainly a war leader—and a ruthless one. Read more about the legacy of Olga of Kyiv here: bit.ly/3IWgh3c

More than 5,000 ships left Ireland during the great potato famine in the late 1840s, transporting the starving and the d...
03/06/2022

More than 5,000 ships left Ireland during the great potato famine in the late 1840s, transporting the starving and the destitute away from their stricken homeland. The first vessel to sail in the other direction, to help the millions unable to escape, was the USS Jamestown, a converted warship, which left Boston in March 1847 loaded with precious food for Ireland.

VOYAGE OF MERCY tells the remarkable story of the mission that inspired a nation to donate massive relief to Ireland during the potato famine and began America's tradition of providing humanitarian aid around the world. Get your eBook copy for just $1.99: us.macmillan.com/books/9781250200488/voyageofmercy

Tomorrow marks the 252nd anniversary of what became known as the “Boston Massacre.” While that title is familiar to many...
03/04/2022

Tomorrow marks the 252nd anniversary of what became known as the “Boston Massacre.” While that title is familiar to many Americans, the event may not have gotten its due over the years, perhaps because there was a five-year gap between it and the events of 1775 that truly launched the American Revolution. Tom Clavin joins us to tell the tale of what really was the first battle of the war for American independence. bit.ly/THRBostonMassacre

DAMN LUCKY by Kevin Maurer follows the incredible true story of John “Lucky” Luckadoo who flew some of the deadliest and...
03/02/2022

DAMN LUCKY by Kevin Maurer follows the incredible true story of John “Lucky” Luckadoo who flew some of the deadliest and bloodiest military campaigns in World War II.

Pre-order DAMN LUCKY by April 18th and complete the form linked below and we'll send you a limited-edition DAMN LUCKY embroidered patch and a custom bookplate signed by the author, Kevin Maurer, and John "Lucky" Luckadoo, the subject of the book. bit.ly/THRDamnLuckyPreorder

Want to learn more about little-known historical figures, incredible true stories, and riveting books? Sign up for our n...
02/25/2022

Want to learn more about little-known historical figures, incredible true stories, and riveting books? Sign up for our newsletter! bit.ly/THRNewsletter

“I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, ...
02/23/2022

“I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism.” - Smedley Butler

GANGSTERS OF CAPITALISM tells the story of America’s forgotten path to global power through the incredible life of Smedley Butler. Read more: bit.ly/THRGangstersofCapitalism2

Happy Presidents' Day! While Presidents' Day was originally established in recognition of George Washington, we're highl...
02/21/2022

Happy Presidents' Day! While Presidents' Day was originally established in recognition of George Washington, we're highlighting the legacy of our 16th president today. Abraham Lincoln, among other things, was an extraordinary speaker. Join Diana Schaub as she investigates how Lincoln captured the attention and imagination of a nation. bit.ly/THRHisGreatestSpeeches

"In researching the lives of heiresses, I learned a great deal—not least that their stories merely exaggerate and underl...
02/16/2022

"In researching the lives of heiresses, I learned a great deal—not least that their stories merely exaggerate and underline the issues that affect all women. For men, money has always equaled power. For women throughout history, it meant precisely the opposite."

Laura Thompson discusses the often tragic truth beneath the gilded surface of the lives of million-dollar babies in her new book, HEIRESSES. Read more: bit.ly/THRHeiresses

"Birmingham mobs beat and battered us close to death. Though half of us had no business moving on after the Birmingham b...
02/11/2022

"Birmingham mobs beat and battered us close to death. Though half of us had no business moving on after the Birmingham bludgeoning, we voted to continue."

Charles Person is the only living Freedom Rider who remained with the original Ride from its start in Washington, D.C. to its end in New Orleans. He joined us this week to reflect on his journey during the 1961 Freedom Rides and to discuss the day the bus burned in Alabama. bit.ly/THRBusesAreAComin

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I wrote a piece about the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and how I wove the battle into THE ECHOES, for The History Reader.
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Still looking for a gift for Dad? Check out The History Reader's #Fathersday roundup of some of their favorite books—covering subjects from the famous Battle at the OK Corral to hair metal in the 1980s.
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"The Philadelphia: Our Most Evocative National Relic" by Jack Kelly "I have traveled to Revolutionary-era battlefields and forts. I’ve examined countless eighteenth-century muskets, uniforms, swords, and shoe buckles. I’ve looked at the original Declaration of Independence in the National Archives. Yet a single artifact has always stood above the others in evoking the immediacy and reality of the Revolutionary War. It rests not under an ornate rotunda but in a dusty corner of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the Mall in Washington. "The Philadelphia is the oldest American warship still in existence. Built in the summer of 1776, it is now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. This image is in the public domain via Wikicommons. The Philadelphia is a fifty-five-foot-long wooden boat powered by oars and a single sail that was built in the summer of 1776. Although weathered and battered, the boat has a presence. She is the oldest American warship still in existence. Her record of service goes back to the days, a few months after the nation’s birth, when the success of the Revolution teetered on a knife edge. The forty-five men who manned this cramped open boat played a critical role in making sure that the cause of liberty survived. "The boat was part of a crucial campaign to head off a British invasion along Lake Champlain in northern New York. Eight gunboats, three larger row galleys, a schooner, and several other vessels were assigned to stop the British from transporting a large army southward along the narrow lake. The American fleet was commanded by Benedict Arnold—he would not turn traitor for another four years..." Read the rest of this article via The History Reader link at the bottom of this post. Jack Kelly is an award-winning author and historian. His books include 'Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence', which received the DAR History Medal. He is also the author of 'The Edge of Anarchy', 'Heaven’s Ditch', and 'Gunpowder' and is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in Nonfiction Literature. Kelly has appeared on The HISTORY Channel, NPR, and C-SPAN. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Happy #openingday! Head over to The History Reader for some fantastic baseball histories, biographies, and memoirs that will keep you reading through 162 games—perhaps even into October!
My article for The History Reader about a particular time in Prohibition history that becomes part of the plot of THE STILLS.
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This week's blog... a shocking historical element in THE HOLLOWS, with a link to my article in The History Reader. https://jessmontgomeryauthor.com/shocking-but-true-history-in-the-hollows/