The Cambridge Five – King, Country, Class and Club

The British have a long history of being a key player in the European chess tournament, but never truly controlled the board until the defeat of Napoleon and the consolidation of British colonial territories during the 19th century. By the 20th century, however, the rise of Germany’s manufacturing prowess and its political unification under Bismarck…

Henry Ford – Life, Work and Legacy

“The Model T was not a car as we know them now – it was a person – crotchety and mean, frolicsome and full of jokes – just when you were ready to kill yourself, it would run five miles with no gasoline whatsoever.. I understood IT but as I said before, IT understood me:…

State of Emergency – Preparation and Disaster

The governor has declared a state of emergency. Affected areas have been ordered evacuated, and anyone found in the street after 8pm is subject to martial law. In times of crisis, people begin to fend for themselves, and the few that do band together often do so out of necessity rather than choice. The time…

Saddam Hussein – Legacy of Violence

— Timeline — 1901 – oil development begins in Iraq under Ottoman and British guidance 1915-1917 – Sykes-Picot Agreement, dividing the Middle East under British and French rule 1937 – Saddam Hussein born Tikrit, Iraq 1941 – Saddam’s uncle adopts him 1945 – World War II ends. 1958 – Baathist coup by army officers lead…