Contributors

Kevin Baker ’s most recent historical novel is Strivers Row .

Allen Barra writes American Heritage ’s “Screenings” column.

Max Byrd ’s historical novels include Grant, Jackson , and, most recently, Shooting the Sun .

Dale DeGroff has invented more than 400 cocktail recipes; he is the author of The Craft of the Cocktail . Read more »

Trends

Preservation Saving a Language

According to the Foundation for Endangered Languages, half of the world’s 6,500 languages are “moribund” and likely to disappear. With that, quite a large body of the human experience will be gone forever, since language is not, after all, just communication but a reflection of the mind’s framework. Read more »

Bookshelf

 
Military History Wishful War

A Prussian general considering his next war once said, famously, that no plan survives contact with the enemy. That is because war, far from being merely an event, is a process, a dynamic phenomenon; it never obliges those foolish enough to think they can command the unfolding of history.Read more »

Shopping

 
Wristwatch MONTANA MASTERPIECE

At the beginning of the twentieth century America produced the majority of the world’s watches. Companies like Hamilton, Elgin, and Illinois manufactured timepieces that set the standard for craftsmanship and reliability. Read more »

Museums

 
Exhibit Titanic Survivors

Nearly 95 years after the sinking of the Titanic , the story of the ill-fated ship continues to enthrall the public like no other saga.Read more »

Food & Drink

Cocktails Bitters are back

Cocktails Bitters are back

Historically it was the addition of bitters to alcoholic beverages in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that defined a new category of mixed drinks called the cocktail. The word first appeared in print in 1806 in a New York periodical called The Balance, and Columbian Repository. Read more »

Travel

 
Resort Sneaking a Spa In

Mohonk Mountain House opened in 1870 in one of the most spectacular settings in the Eastern United States, a craggy private mountaintop with views of five states.Read more »

Entertainment

Historical Recording

Springsteen Reignites the folk song

We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
 
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Historical Recording

Springsteen Reignites the folk song

Historical Recording

Springsteen Reignites the folk song

We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
 
2006_6_16
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Editors’ Choice: The Best Of The Past From The Year Just Past

American Heritage’s editors and contributors survey the historical offerings of recent months, and pick their favorites from a field wide enough to include movies, restaurants, furniture, cocktails, hotels, cookies, wristwatches—and artifacts retrieved from the staterooms of the Titanic .

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Travel

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The Paper Trust

To begin with, the Presidential libraries do not look like what they are. Each one is, in fact, a miniature Office of Public Records. And scholars who frequent such offices know that they are found in capital cities, in buildings that are heavy, ornamented, slowly discoloring monuments to bureaucrats dead and gone. The National Archives of the United States—America’s public records—are, to give one example, housed in an oversized Greek temple near the intersection of Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues in Washington, D.C. Read more »