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The Hippies Who Hated the Summer of Love The posters began to appear around the city just after New Year’s, 1967. “A Gathering of …

Whose Fault Was Dunkirk? Below is an excerpt from Last Hope Island, by . This story is recommended by Longreads contributing editor Dana Snitzky. …

How an Unfinished Portrait of Washington Ended Up on the Dollar Bill Under the rafters of a Philadelphia barn-turned-art studio in 1796, two men …

The Bittersweet History of Chocolate For most people, chocolate is purely tasty — but some of its history can be hard to swallow. One …

The Bolsheviks Versus the Deep State Vacant offices. Barren corridors. The hush of work not being done settles across the capital city, a silence …

The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London An extremist, radical and searcher, Jack London was never destined to grow old. One hundred years …

The bizarre true story behind the “this is a work of fiction” disclaimer. Virtually every film in modern memory ends with some variation of …

The Secrets of the Wave Pilots At 0400, three miles above the Pacific seafloor, the searchlight of a power boat swept through a warm …

When, Where, and How Many Times Were They Domesticated? The first domesticated animals may have been tamed twice. Read This Article…

Busting the Myth of Friday the 13th and the Knights Templar The origins of superstitions can be hard to pin down. There are often …