It's commonly thought that the Catholic Church fought heroically against the fascists in Italy. But in The Pope and Mussolini, historian David Kertzer says the church actually lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's regime.
Detail from the cover of The Empire of Necessity.
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In The Empire of Necessity, historian Greg Grandin tells the story of a slave revolt at sea. The 1805 event inspired Herman Melville's Benito Cereno, and Grandin's account of the human horror is a work of power and precision.
Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, who are married, created their Web series High Maintenance in 2012. Blichfeld is an Emmy award-winning casting director who worked on the TV show 30 Rock. Sinclair is an actor and editor.