History Stories
How a Black Spy Infiltrated the Confederate White House
April 23, 2018

How freed slave Mary Bowser and abolitionist Elizabeth Van Lew teamed up to spy on Confederate President Jefferson Davis and got away with it. Read More

Undercover Ink: How Spies Use Tattoos
January 29, 2018

Throughout history, tattoos have played an important role in the espionage game. Read More

Live in the Russian Spy House That Inspired ‘The Americans’
July 28, 2017

It's in Montclair, New Jersey. Read More

When the Nazis Invaded the Hamptons
June 12, 2017

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Robert Hanssen: American Traitor
May 10, 2017

On May 10, 2002, former FBI agent Robert Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison for selling U.S. secrets to Moscow. Read More

Was Ernest Hemingway a Spy?
March 29, 2017

A new book delves into the secret espionage past of Ernest Hemingway, America’s best-known novelist and one of the most famous figures in the history of literature. Read More

OSS: The Predecessor of the CIA
October 28, 2016

Some 13,000 men and women worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the U.S. intelligence agency during World War II and the forerunner of the modern CIA. Read More

How a Spy’s Marital Troubles Nearly Derailed D-Day
September 29, 2016

Newly declassified files have revealed how one of Britain’s greatest double agent’s marital troubles threatened his cover and could have altered the course of World War II. Read More

When Roald Dahl Spied on the United States
September 14, 2016

Read about Roald Dahl’s secret life befriending presidents and bedding socialites as part of a British spy ring in the United States. Read More

The History Teacher Who Outwitted the Gestapo
August 23, 2016

Meet the history teacher-turned-Resistance heroine who outwitted the Gestapo and rescued her husband (more than once) from captivity. Read More