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  • History in 30: The Life of Winston Churchill | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of Winston Churchill

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    History in 30: The Life of Winston Churchill provides a quick but comprehensive look at the British prime minister. Churchill was the driving force behind the British resistance to the Nazi onslaught during World War II, using his power of personality and his brilliance as a world leader. Churchill remained a shining light of democracy during Europe’s darkest hour. Indeed, without Churchill, one could argue that the fate of democracy might have suffered a different fate.

  • History in 30: The Life of St. Padre Pio | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of St. Padre Pio

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    Francesco Forgione might be a name lost to history, but over the course of his life, he became one of Catholicism's most well-known figures during the 20th century as Padre Pio. It was a remarkable path for a man who was legendarily afflicted by a series of illnesses and most famously bore the stigmata, very noticeably bearing what appeared to be the crucifixion wounds Jesus's hands suffered. Padre Pio was also known for his eccentricities, including unique forms of deep meditation and experiencing visions.

  • History in 30: The Life of Thomas Jefferson | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of Thomas Jefferson

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    For all of his accomplishments, Jefferson's reputation and legacy are still inextricably intertwined with the divisive issues of his own day. As the slaveholder who wrote that all men are created equal, and who had a relationship with one of his slaves, Sally Hemmings, Jefferson's life and career are still sometimes fiercely debated today. History in 30: The Life of Thomas Jefferson provides a quick but comprehensive look at the life of the famous Founding Father.

  • History in 30: The Life of Erwin Rommel, Nazi Germany's Desert Fox | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of Erwin Rommel, Nazi Germany's Desert Fox

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    World War II was an entirely different story. The Germans were angry after the First World War, and using public sway and anger, Adolf Hitler took power in the 1930s. Unlike the earlier army, the German Army of the Second World War committed some of the most grotesque and unforgivable atrocities in the history of mankind. This isn't to say that the German commanders and soldiers were all bad, and of all the men who fought for the Reich, the one with the most sterling reputation is Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox. Rommel rose through the ranks of the German Army in the years preceding the outbreak of World War II, and he proved to be a cunning and insinuative soldier who was one of the most brilliant cavalry commanders in the history of warfare. Eventually, the evil that surrounded him engulfed him, and his pure brilliance went untapped.

  • History in 30: The Life of Dwight D. Eisenhower | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of Dwight D. Eisenhower

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    During the middle of the 20th century, the US completed its transformation into one of the world’s superpowers, and few were as instrumental in this development as Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), renowned for being the nation’s principal commanding general during World War II and the president who served during the early, tumultuous Cold War years. History in 30: The Life of Dwight D. Eisenhower provides a quick but comprehensive look at the life of the general and president.

  • History in 30: The Life of Ulysses S. Grant | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of Ulysses S. Grant

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    When one thinks of true American heroes, many names come to mind. One often overlooked president held the fate of the entire North American continent in his hands. Although Grant was instrumental in winning the war and eventually parlayed his fame into two terms in the White House, his legacy and accomplishments are still the subjects of heavy debate today.

  • History in 30: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt

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    By the time Theodore Roosevelt died in 1919, he was an American icon. Today, Teddy is remembered for being an explorer, hunter, author, soldier, president, and safari adventurer, all of which combine into one unique reputation. As with all legends, Roosevelt is often portrayed more as a quintessential man's man, to the point that the legend obscures the actual man. History in 30: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt provides a quick but comprehensive look at the life of the famous president.

  • History in 30: The Life of George Washington | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of George Washington

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    The United States is the land of opportunity, and this was no truer than during the late-Colonial phase in North America. The men and women who came to the 13 colonies worked for everything they had and eventually broke away from the British when the colonists grew unhappy with the governance. Without the "Founding Fathers," this would not have been possible; the men who declared independence, ran the war effort, and created the government were exceptional individuals.

  • History in 30: The Life of General George S. Patton | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of General George S. Patton

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    Among the proponents and practitioners of armored warfare, the brash, bold, arrogant, and eccentric George S. Patton remains the world's greatest armored commander by the one yardstick that really counts: the battlefield. Patton was a fascinating, complicated and controversial man whose life story ranges between genius, folly, and tragedy, with absolute determination the one constant theme.

  • History in 30: The Life of Andrew Jackson | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of Andrew Jackson

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    Citizens of the United States of America are very proud of their heritage; the country is known as the "land of opportunity" because of some self-made men who made a go of themselves in the country. When comparing the country to other places in the world, the United States is still a young country and was built on immigrants and disadvantaged people rising to the top and shaping the country into what it is today.

  • History in 30: The Life of Alexander Hamilton | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of Alexander Hamilton

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    What is the American Dream? Depending upon which period a person is referring to, the American Dream can shift somewhat with the changing tides of history. During the Colonial Period of the country, the United States was a bustling set of colonies, promising a second chance to all people who dared travel to her shores. The men and women who founded the United States wanted freedom from their past lives and saw the 13 colonies as their way to start over.

  • History in 30: The Life of Abraham Lincoln | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

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    Americans have long drawn inspiration from figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and many others; one figure has stood out from the rest. Many of the Founding Fathers were either born into wealth or became independently wealthy, but one poor farmer's son used his wits and determination to become arguably the greatest president in American history. Abraham Lincoln's life story has become an inspiration to many. History in 30: The Life of Abraham Lincoln provides a quick but comprehensive look at the life of the 16th president.

  • History in 30: The Life of Franklin D. Roosevelt | Percy Bennington

    History in 30: The Life of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt may or may not be America's greatest 20th-century president, but there's no question that he was the most unique. A well-connected relative of Theodore Roosevelt, FDR was groomed for greatness until he was struck down by polio. Nevertheless, he persevered, rising through New York politics to reach the White House just as the country faced its greatest challenge since the Civil War, beginning his presidency with one of the most iconic lines ever spoken during an inaugural address.

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