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Joseph A. Williams

Joseph A. Williams

Writer

Joseph A. Williams is the author of Seventeen Fathoms Deep: The Saga of the Submarine S-4 Disaster and The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I, Espionage, and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History.

Genghis Khan's Lost Tomb

September 20, 2019

Source: (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images) Genghis Khan was the most successful conqu...

Silk And Smugglers

September 18, 2019

Silken robes of the Imperial Court of China. Source: (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images) Silk...

Why Did Hannibal Lose?

September 17, 2019

The Fight between Scipio Africanus and Hannibal, c. 1616-1618. Artist: Cesari, Bernardino (1565-1621) Sour...

A Butterfly in the Sun: The Mysterious Mata Hari

September 13, 2019

Mata Hari. Found in the collection of Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Source: ...

The Rise and Fall of the Inca Empire

September 10, 2019

Ruins of Inca city on Machu Picchu. | Location: Urubamba Province, Peru. Source: (Photo by J...

Baseball's Upstart Federal League

September 7, 2019

Pennant features baseball player Joe Tinker of the Chicago Federals (later known as the Chicago...

The Palace of Versailles

September 6, 2019

The Palace of Versailles. Source: (gettyimages.com) Of all the royal residences in the world, none hav...

The New York City Draft Riots

September 3, 2019

Draft riots in New York, July 13-16, 1863. Source: (gettyimages.com) Ten days after the Union’s f...

Who Was Robin Hood?

September 2, 2019

Outlaw and folk hero Robin Hood and his Merry Men entertain King Richard the Lionheart in Sherwood Forest. Pa...

Spymaster "Wild Bill" Donovan

August 30, 2019

OSS Operatives in training during World War II. Source: (wikimedia.org) On New Year’s Day, 1883, ...

Turning Back The Clock: Pleistocene Park

August 26, 2019

The state museum for natural sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany, 3 April 2017. It is part of...

Lake Peigneur And The Diamond Crystal Salt Mine Disaste...

August 25, 2019

Naruto whirlpools. Source: (Wikimedia.org) About a two-and-a-half-ho...

Who Was The Real Robinson Crusoe?

August 20, 2019

Robinson Crusoe Island. Source: (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images) Dani...

The Sea That Once Was

August 18, 2019

The remains of the Aral Sea. Source: (Photo by Taylor Weidman/LightRocket via Getty Images) Not too long ...

Henry Ford's Failed Utopia

August 17, 2019

Ruins of Fordlandia. Source: (gettyimages.com) In the early 20th century, British plantations in Sri...

John James Audubon: Ecology's Patron Saint

August 16, 2019

Mallard Duck by John James Audubon (Photo by VCG Wilson. Source: (gettyimages.com) J...

The All American Soapbox Derby

August 9, 2019

Nicholas Kaderabek, 12, keeps his focus as he competes in the Soap Box Derby races in Lake Forest ...

The Flight of the Spruce Goose

August 6, 2019

Hughes H-4 Hercules (HK-1). Source: (Wikimedia) During World War II, Allied shipping came under ...

Oliver Hazard Perry And The Battle Of Lake Erie

August 5, 2019

The Battle of Lake Erie. 1911 painting by Edward Percy Moran. Source: (Universal ...

The Greatest Of The Buccaneers: Sir Henry Morgan

July 30, 2019

Henry Morgan in action. Source: (gettyimages.com) Of all of history’s pirates...

The Story of the Dalai Lamas of Tibet

July 29, 2019

Buddhist monks gather to attend the Dalai Lama's visit to the historical Mahabodhi Temple. ...

The Plains of Abraham: The Battle that Shaped Modern No...

July 27, 2019

Death of General Wolfe after painting by Benjamin West. Source: (getty...

A Race To Stop Death: The Dogsled Relay That Inspired T...

July 26, 2019

A musher racing the Iditarod. (Photo by Jean-Erick PASQUIER/Gamma-Raph...

What's Your Style? A History of Kung Fu

July 22, 2019

People perform kung fu during the opening ceremony of the 12th Zhengzhou (China) Internat...

China's Grand Canal: A World Heritage Site

July 21, 2019

The Grand Canal. Source: (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) The world’s oldest and ...

Who Were the Habsburgs?

July 18, 2019

Portraits of members of the Habsburg family, fresco depicting the family tree, 1507-08. Source: (Photo by...

Who Were The Neanderthals?

July 17, 2019

Neanderthal man at the human evolution exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London, England, Unite...

The Curious Adventures of Cabeza de Vaca

July 12, 2019

Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. Source: (gettyimages.com) The circuitous travels of a ship...

The Story of Fabergé’s Fabulous Eggs

July 10, 2019

The 1895 Blue Serpent Clock Egg by Faberge on display at Moscow's State Tretyakov Gallery...

How the Horse Impacted the Plains Indians

July 6, 2019

Bison Hunt, by Alfred Jacob Miller, 1858, 19th Century, watercolour on paper, 24,1 x 38...