Robert Morris’s Folly

The architectural and financial failures of an American Founder.

Robert Morris’s Folly How Robert Morris went from being an essential to nearly-forgotten Founding Father. Read More


The Twenty-Seventh of May 1977

Angola’s forgotten massacre.

The Twenty-Seventh of May 1977 Journalist Lara Pawson attempts to explain what happened in Angola on 27 May 1977—and its profound effect on the Angolan people in the decades since. Read More


Statue of Liberty: The Untold Story

Statue of Liberty: The Untold Story

Elizabeth Mitchell, author of “Liberty’s Torch,” dispels long-standing myths about the most recognizable statue in the world.

The Statue of Liberty was not a gift from the French government, for one. Read More

United Flight 232

United Flight 232

Laurence Gonzales, author of “Flight 232,” looks back at the cause of the crash, and how the accident led to advances in disaster response.

Twenty-five years ago this month, United Airlines Flight 232—scheduled from Denver to Philadelphia via Chicago—crash-landed at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 people. The outcome could have been worse. Read More

This Day in Failure

October 31st

2006: The Chicago Bulls defeat the Miami Heat 108-66, the most lopsided opening game loss for a defending NBA champion in league history.

1999: EgyptAir Flight 990, a Boeing 767 en route from New York to Cairo with 217 passengers aboard, plunges into the Atlantic Ocean sixty miles south of Nantucket. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board...

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Another day in Failure.  

Failure Analysis

You can buy a Zimbabwean one hundred trillion dollar bill on the street in Zimbabwe for five American dollars. More

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The most successful people tend to be those with the most failures.

- Dr. Keith Simonton, UC Davis