Lipstick and Pistols: The Incredible Men and Women of SOE

The U.S. Army lifted its ban on women in combat roles only last year. But more than 70 years ago, a group of intrepid women was recruited to fight alongside men as agents by a secret British organization called the Special Operations Executive (SOE).


Amazons Rock!

Talking from her home in Palo Alto, California, Adrienne Mayor explains what Johnny Depp has in common with Amazons, why the Amazon spirit is breaking out all over pop culture, and who invented trousers.

Scotland Decides

My recent articles for National Geographic about the Scottish referendum on independence ….Why Scotland Might Break Away From The United Kingdom; Scotland Says No to Independence; and From Referendum to Reconciliation 

Book Talk: The Long Shadow by David Reynolds

The Great War, as it came to be known, lasted four years, from 1914 to 1918. But its aftereffects haunted Europe and the rest of the world through the 20th century—and are still felt in our own times.

Denali’s Howl

Forty-seven years ago, two teams of young climbers joined together to conquer Denali (Mount McKinley), America’s tallest peak, located in the interior of Alaska. It was the Summer of Love, and America rocked to the sound of The Doors and Jefferson Airplane. These young men wanted to get high on thin air. But there were serious divisions within the teams—conflicts that would only get worse as the wind began to howl.

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Seven members of the 12-man team were never heard from again. The survivors spent the rest of their lives coping with their memories—and dodging the finger of blame. Was it bad leadership? Bad teamwork? Or just bad karma?