Damn History is my free monthly brief covering what’s new, intriguing, and useful for readers and writers of popular history. By popular history, I mean history written to attract general readers, although popular history can be a worthwhile genre for professional historians.
I began compiling and sending out Damn History because I couldn’t find a newsletter that met my own interest in popular history – one that combined links to compelling reads with resources for nonfiction writers.
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The life of a lovable rogue.
Three sisters drifted apart after a tough childhood. A nudist club brought them back together.
From the FBI files on Frank Lloyd Wright
How the world’s worst investor fleeced clients who couldn’t complain
The most unorthodox aspect of this swingers club wasn’t the partner-swapping. It was the notes that two members kept.
What’s the real significance of a harmless physical malformation?
Mystery surrounds the life of alumnus Homer Smith, who spent decades on an international odyssey to find a freedom in a place he could call home.
A brief life of a late-blooming ehticist
“Vaudeville’s worst act” fought for fame and respect on the stage.
A 19th-century medical specialty added to our knowledge, saved lives, and vanished form the face of the Earth
In 1952, a plague of frogs struck a small Wisconsin town. Then the tide turned against Lithobates pipiens.
How America’s first suicide attack changed one man’s fortune forever
What does it mean to seek the contemplative life in a modern and increasingly connected world?
In the depths of the Great Depression, Louise Thompson led a group of aspiring African American actors to the USSR
Was a notorious Victorian Era killer the first known serial killer in the US?
Element collectors love the thrill of the chase but tread carefully when necessary
How two notorious outlaws, the Younger Brothers, became celebrated ex-cons
An NBA superstar runs for Congress but tosses an airball
to replace the National Anthem with a winner
A mentally disabled savant beats the legal system.