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Fake History, Truly Scary

book cover image The Book Thieves

While the Nazi party was being condemned for burning books, they were already hard at work on an even greater crime: that is, re-writing our cultural heritage.

Naming & Reclaiming

book cover image Landmarks

The isolation wrought by modern life, says naturalist Robert MacFarlane, makes us think nature is uninteresting. However, the power of words can reclaim our so-called barren lands.

Verily, Dude!

book cover image How English Became English

Today, the English language is spoken by more than a billion people around the globe. But where did it come from ... and where might it be headed?

Four Kids. Four Walls.

book cover image Rise

Now that's uplifting. Equipped with only YouTube videos and a small bank loan, Cara Brookins built her own house from the foundation up with a work crew consisting of her four children.

Islam & Modernity

book cover image Letters To A Young Muslim

As the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Russia, Omar Saif Ghobash reflected on what it means to be a Muslim. This book is the result.

Seeing The Sites Anew

book cover image Guide to the National Historic Sites of Canada

Looking for ways to celebrate Canada 150? One of the best might be to visit the national historic sites of Parks Canada.

Roads Less Traveled

book cover image Atlas Obscura

If you think it might be time to get off the beaten path, this is the guide for you. Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the most curious places in the world.

His 2020 Vision

book cover image Our Revolution

Days away from the inauguration of Donald Trump, is it too late to Feel The Bern? Mr. Sanders says, "Not on your life!"

Saint Christopher?

book cover image The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

At the time of his death, Christopher Hitchens was one of the most notorious atheists in the world. And yet, all was not as it seemed.

Adams & Acorns

book cover image John Quincey Adams

What is it about the Adams family tree? Every branch seems to be sprouting a biography.