Samuel Johnson's 1755 Dictionary

What Samuel Johnson Really Did

He made dictionaries matter.

Regional map of Burnham's Chicago Plan

Taming the Savage City

One hundred years later, Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago still inspires.

Peter Cooper, 1850

Peter Cooper’s Big Ideas

Steam engines and Jell-O paled beside the famed inventor's greatest legacy.

G. Harold Carswell in his Tallahassee, Florida, chambers, April 1970.

Supremely Contentious

The Transformation of “Advice and Consent”

Philip Mosely with Fred Stolling

The Cold War’s Organization Man

How Philip Mosely helped Soviet Studies moderate U.S. foreign policy.

Image of A View of Two Lakes and Mountain House, Morning, 1844 by Thomas Cole.

Living Off the Landscape

How Thomas Cole and Frederic Church made themselves at home in the Hudson River Valley.

Image of definition of "aint" from Webster's Second.

Ain’t That the Truth

Webster's Third: The Most Controversial Dictionary in the English Language.

Image of Wallace Stegner

Proud Flesh

A recollection of Wallace Stegner.

Herman Melville

Swimming Through Libraries

What Herman Melville read, and how he read, inspired his masterpiece.

Image of Golden Notebook website

What IF?

The book gives way to the download, and solitary reading transforms into virtual conversations.