At the time of da Vinci’s death in 1519 the Mona Lisa and most of his other paintings were unknown to the world at large — and Leonardo considered himself to have been a failure.
Silk industry magnate William Skinner lost everything when an inland tidal wave destroyed the company village that bore his name. In “American Phoenix,” author Sarah S. Kilborne recounts the disaster, and how it propelled Skinner to his greatest success.
In the mid-1960s the United Klans of America had more members in North Carolina than all other southern states combined. But the UKA’s fall was precipitous, thanks to a coordinated policing effort that hindered its ability to organize.
The U.S. Metric Association deserves recognition for its effort to promote increased usage of the modernized metric system. It’s ultimate objective? Complete conversion.
More than a hundred thousand people died aboard so-called coffin ships while fleeing Ireland in the wake of the potato famine of the mid-nineteenth century. The Jeanie Johnston never lost a passenger.
Revolutionary War-era newspapers provide “extraordinary intelligence” about the founding of our country, taking the reader beyond the sanitized, oversimplified history taught in high school and college.