The Forgotten History of Soviet Women Pilots

Guest blog by DL Jung During World War II, a combination of communist ideals of equality and sheer desperation drove the Soviet Union to recruit women in large numbers to the military. Some eight hundred thousand served, many in dangerous combat roles, such as medics, snipers, fighter pilots, and tank crew. Like many people, I... Continue Reading →

Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener

Jessica Keener’s Strangers in Budapest may not *technically* be historical fiction, which is defined as taking place in a period before the author’s birth. Nonetheless, it is of considerable historical interest. It is set in the mid-1990s Hungary at the time of the transition from communism to capitalism, a process that is largely complete in... Continue Reading →

Women’s History Month: Remembering Bess Houdini

Conversation about Bess Houdini between Victoria Kelly, author of Mrs. Houdini, and Rebecca Rosenberg, author of The Secret Life of Mrs. London Rebecca: In your research about Bess Houdini, what did you did you discover about her personality traits? Victoria: It's ironic that Bess Houdini kind of melted into the background of Houdini's legacy, because... Continue Reading →

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