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Library Interview: Robert Dallek on 20th Century Presidents

Robert Dallek

Many of us entertain the fantasy of being President of the United States. Historian Robert Dallek reminds us to be careful what we wish for. Even the revered Thomas Jefferson described the presidency as “a splendid misery,” Dallek observes.

Library Interview: Philip White on Winston Churchill

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If you’re going to write about Winston Churchill – the subject of more history books than almost any other 20th century figure – it’s best to explore a tiny slice of his story. Maybe by looking closely you’ll find something other historians have overlooked.

Infinite KC Contest Winner Announced!

Vaughan's Diamonds : Missouri Valley Special Collections

From barbecue and fountains to the mafia and racial divides, the entries in our Infinite KC Mapmaking Contest spanned the spectrum of culture, history, and geography.

Library Interview: Amity Shlaes on Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge

Politicians seem to love the sound of their own voices. Calvin Coolidge, who became President after the sudden death of Warren Harding in 1923, didn’t have that problem. He made silence a hugely effective tool.

Library Interview: Rebecca Solnit's Infinite City

Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit’s interests are all over the map: art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics, hope. But Solnit’s Infinite City is more than all over the map. It’s literally filled with maps of her native San Francisco.

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