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In 1903 at the soon-to-open Luna Park on Coney Island, anelephant named Topsy was electrocuted, likely with advice from Thomas Edison,whose film crew recorded the horrible event. Over the past century, thisbizarre, ghoulish execution has reverberated through popular culture with thering of an urban legend. But it really happened, and today, Edison's footagecan be found on YouTube, where it has been viewed nearly two million times. Many historical forces conspired to bring Topsy, Edison, andthose 6,600 volts of alternating current together at Coney Island that day.Journalist Michael Daly's Topsy is a fascinating popular history thattraces them, from the rise of the circus in America and the...read more
With a 1958 portable typewriter in his suitcase, the writer wanders Havana's crumbling back alleys, bullet-sprayed museums, and grand hotels where the relics of the Revolution and the ghost of Hemingway still speak loudly. When his typewriter breaks in transit, the writer is forced to reconsider his writing holiday and put his novel on hold, until a new story emerges from the vibrance and history in the Old City Habana Vieja. Recipient of a 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for non-fiction, The Havana Papers reveals a complex, contemporary portrait of one of the world's great historic...read more