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HOW TO MURDER A CHINESE EMPEROR

There is a secret in this picture I took last year outside the Summer Palace, Beijing, China. Inside that building, all the doors and windows are blocked by an inside wall so the occupant, the Emperor of China, could not escape. In the year 1898, the Emperor was a prisoner in his own house.      Continue Reading »

THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT TRAIL THROUGH THE MOST DANGEROUS JUNGLE

Building a border wall between Mexico and the United States is a hot subject these days. Some people regard the border as the beginning of the illegal immigrant trail into the U.S. But actually, the border is the end of a long trail for would-be illegal immigrants, I recently discovered. Most have traveled along the  Continue Reading »

YOUR VALUE AS A CUBAN SLAVE

If you or I were plantation slaves in Cuba in 1859, our value would have been set by law at $1,000 a person, which is equivalent to $28,316.68 in today’s US currency.   This was a considerable investment by the plantation owner. A large plantation might have around 200 slaves, with a human value in  Continue Reading »

THE MAN WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

      You and I might never have known very much about Theodore Roosevelt if Garret Augustus Hobart hadn’t died. Roosevelt wouldn’t have changed Republican politics in the early 1900’s nor would have political puppeteer Mark Hanna angrily called him  “that damned cowboy” if Garret Augustus Hobart had lived a little longer. So, who was Garret Augustus Hobart?      Continue Reading »

A BUMBLED BRAZILIAN BOMBARDMENT

  Watching the Olympic games from Brazil on television and witnessing the dedicated athletes and the beauty of the country seems to wash away all the Olympic media controversies and scandals. All this Brazilian imagery brought to mind a Brazilian adventure experienced by a man, who became the most famous sailor in recent history, Captain  Continue Reading »

YOU CAN BE AMONG THE FIRST TO CROSS THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE

  A little over a year ago, I described how global warming had melted the northernmost iceflows, opening up the Northwest Passage. I reported that Russian cargo ships were about to take a new sea route, located 500 miles north of the Arctic circle and less than 1200 miles from the North Pole.   How  Continue Reading »

EL NINO IS NOT A FRIEND TO EVERYONE

In a hot, dusty, field in Guyana, workers  desperately dig to clear water ditches, so that what precious little water there is gets where it is needed. This year’s El Nino  is not only disappointing Southern Californians,  where I live, but it is causing real damage to South Americans. A few of our Listen2Read audiobooks  Continue Reading »

HOW NATIVE AMERICANS WERE PUSHED ACROSS THE RIVER

    Whenever I publish a historic adventure audiobook, I include an AFTERWARD, so that the listener can place the events in a historical perspective. For this reason, I was reviewing American history about the Louisiana Purchase for my new audiobook, “A Tour On The Prairies,” by Washington Irving, the first famous American author. “A  Continue Reading »