Hidden History

Little-known, hidden or unusual stories from history.

Updated September 25, 2023
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Slaying the dragon : a secret history of Dungeons & Dragons
Riggs, Ben
Role-playing game historian Ben Riggs unveils the secret history of TSR-- the company that unleashed imaginations with Dungeons & Dragons, was driven into ruin by disastrous management decisions, and then saved by their bitterest rival. "Ben Riggs manages to...
Wake the hidden history of women-led slave revolts
Hall, Rebecca
A Best Book of 2021 by NPR and The Washington Post Part graphic novel, part memoir, Wake is an imaginative tour-de-force that tells the "powerful" (The New York Times Book Review) story of women-led slave revolts and chronicles scholar Rebecca Hall's...
The way I heard it
Rowe, Mike
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Executive producer and host Mike Rowe presents a delightfully entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America's #1 short-form podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with a host of personal memories,...
Empire of pain the secret history of the Sackler dynasty
Keefe, Patrick Radden
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE NOMINEE * A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR * NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation...
American Sherlock : murder, forensics, and the birth of American CSI
Dawson, Kate Winkler
Known as the 'American Sherlock Holmes,' Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America's greatest forensic scientists, with a skill level that seemed almost supernatural. Heinrich spearheaded the invention of new forensic tools that police still use today, including blood spatter analysis, ballistics,...
The golden thread : how fabric changed history
St. Clair, Kassia
** A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK ** 'Fascinating . . . The history of the world through the eye of a needle . . . I recommend this book to anyone' THE SPECTATOR 'A charming, absorbing history that takes us on a journey from the silk roads to sportswear, from ruffs to...
Beyond measure : the hidden history of measurement
Vincent, James (Journalist)
A revelatory and vibrant story of measurement which will make you look at the world around you anew.
The facemaker : one surgeon's battle to mend the disfigured soldiers of World War I
Fitzharris, Lindsey
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Best Books of the Year, Guardian The poignant story of the visionary surgeon who rebuilt the faces of the First World War's injured heroes, and in the process ushered in the modern era of plastic surgery From...
Sisters in resistance how a German spy, a banker's wife, and Mussolini's daughter outwitted the Nazis
Mazzeo, Tilar J.
The five : the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper
Rubenhold, Hallie
Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London--the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper. Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine...

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