Elyesa Bazna, The Valet Who Became The Most Dangerous Nazi Spy Of World War II
From 1943 to 1944, Elyesa Bazna worked as a valet for the British ambassador to Turkey. But behind the scenes, he photographed secret documents and gave them to the Nazis.
The Heroic Yet Tragic Life Of Patrice Lumumba, The Martyr Of Congolese Independence
In June 1960, Patrice Émery Lumumba was elected the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Just months later, he was murdered.
How Henry Every Became The ‘King Of Pirates’ During The Late 17th Century
A former sailor in the British Royal Navy, Henry Every led a mutiny on the Charles II ship in 1694. Soon after, he made a name for himself as one of the most feared pirates on the high seas.
Palmares, The Lost Kingdom Of Runaway Slaves In The Brazilian Amazon
For nearly a century until 1694, thousands of enslaved Africans escaped from Portuguese plantations to the rebel kingdom of Palmares, where fugitives ruled.
Inside Room 39, North Korea’s Mysterious State-Run Slush Fund
Room 39 allegedly uses money from drug smuggling, money laundering, and human trafficking to keep North Korean elites living in luxury.
The Adventures Of Legendary Spymaster Mansfield Smith-Cumming, The Inspiration For James Bond’s ‘M’
In MI6’s early days, British naval officer Mansfield Smith-Cumming ran a spy agency full of daring eccentrics who used swords disguised as canes, poison-tipped rings, and invisible ink made from their own bodily fluids.
The Remarkable Life Of Eugène-François Vidocq, The Ex-Con Who Invented Modern Detective Work
After escaping from prison several times in the early 19th century, Eugène-François Vidocq turned himself in — and went on to revolutionize policing.
He Was A Hero Of Ireland’s Independence Movement — Then Tried To Become An Irish Mussolini
In the 1930s, an Irish politician named Eoin O'Duffy embraced fascism and tried to turn Ireland into a dictatorship — but he ultimately failed.
Inside The Bloody History Of The Soviet Union’s White Sea-Baltic Canal
First opened in 1933, the White Sea-Baltic Canal was built on the backs of gulag prisoners. By the time it was done, more than 25,000 laborers had lost their lives.
Was Illusionist Jasper Maskelyne The Magic Hero Of World War II Or A Fantastic Fraud?
In spite of Jasper Maskelyne's hair-raising tales of magical ingenuity and vanishing acts on the North African front, many of his adventures were later revealed to be nothing but smoke and mirrors.
How The Prisoners Behind The Kengir Uprising Fought Back Against The Horrors Of The Gulag
In 1954, over 5,000 prisoners in the Kengir camp rose up against the guards, forcing them to flee the grounds. And for 40 days, the inmates got a brief taste of freedom.