History Stories
200 Years Ago, ‘Frankenstein’ Was Born During a Ghastly Vacation
March 9, 2018

As rain poured down, conflicts between Mary Shelley and her fellow vacationers reached a boiling point. Read More

Meet the Real-Life Family Behind “Little Women”
February 9, 2018

How one exceptional family inspired the American classic novel. Read More

A Tell-All about Nixon’s Campaign Was the 1969 Version of ‘Fire and Fury’
January 8, 2018

Long before presidential scandals became standard, a best-selling book caught the nation’s attention with a salacious chronicle of White House machinations. Read More

The Best Books, Shows, Films and Podcasts of 2017 for History Lovers
December 28, 2017

This year's most compelling cultural fare looked to the past. Here are our top picks. Read More

History’s Worst Biblical Misprints
November 17, 2017

The church actively sought to destroy these "wicked" Bibles for their heresy. Read More

History for Kids: Our Favorite Children’s Books
March 2, 2017

HISTORY staffers recommend some recently-published books that provide valuable life-lessons through the lens of ground-breaking historical figures. Read More

Exact Replicas of the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript to be Published
August 23, 2016

A small Spanish press has won the right to publish exact replicas of the unreadable 15th-century manuscript that has been called the world’s most mysterious book. Read More

7 Things You May Not Know About the Gutenberg Bible
February 23, 2015

Explore seven fascinating facts about one of the rarest and most influential books in world history. Read More

CIA Used “Dr. Zhivago” as Cold War Weapon
April 7, 2014

Recently declassified Cold War-era documents reveal how the Central Intelligence Agency used the epic novel “Dr. Zhivago” as a tool to undermine the Soviet Union. Read More

Q&A With David Talbot, Author of ‘Season of the Witch’
June 20, 2012

Find out about David Talbot’s new book, which focuses on San Francisco between 1967 and 1982, and enter for a chance to win a copy. Read More