David Brown is coauthor of The Command (John Wiley & Sons, 2012) and Deep State (Wiley, 2013). He is a correspondent for The Atlantic and regular contributor to The Week and mental_floss. He can be found online at http://dwb.io.
Those with fond memories of playing The Oregon Trail in elementary school will want to read Rinker Buck’s memoir, 'The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey.'... READ ON
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Atticus Finch's final speech in To Kill a Mockingbird was shot in one take.