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At 29,029 ft. above sea level, Mount Everest — also called Mount Chomolungma — is the highest mountain on Earth. Bartosz Hadyniak/ hide caption

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American abolitionist John Brown led the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Va. That takeover and the man behind it are the subjects of historian Tony Horwitz's new book, Midnight Rising. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Sims, editor of The Dead Witness, resurrects long-forgotten Victorian crime writing. Dennis Wile hide caption

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