Video: The Pacific Admirals of World War II

Only four men in American history have been accorded the five-star rank of Fleet Admiral. Interacting with one another over four decades, Chester W. Nimitz, William F. Halsey, Jr., William D. Leahy, and Ernest J. King, not only rose to the top and … [Read more...]

Video: Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was, by any standards, one of the greatest lives of the 20th century. During his half-century career as a military and political leader in Great Britain, Churchill endured numerous vicissitudes and controversies, reaching his zenith … [Read more...]

Video: Walter Cronkite

Born in Missouri but raised mainly in Texas, Walter Cronkite worked as a UPI reporter in Europe during WWII. He then moved into TV journalism eventually becoming anchor of CBS news in 1962 and working in that capacity until 1981. In the course of … [Read more...]

Video: Marian Anderson

In 1939 Marian Anderson was at the peak of her career as an opera singer, yet she was denied the opportunity to present a concert at the DAR’s Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.—not because of anything she had done, but because she was black. That … [Read more...]

Video: Marilyn Monroe

A photograph of a dreamy-eyed Marilyn Monroe among a group of Hollywood starlets captures vividly the description of herself in My Story, the autobiography she collaborated on with screenwriter Ben Hecht. The true dimensions of Monroe’s ambitions … [Read more...]

Video: Arthur Ashe

Tennis great Arthur Ashe transcended his victories on the court to become one of the iconic figures in the history of American sports. Born in 1943, Ashe grew up in segregated Richmond, Virginia, where he learned to play tennis. As a student at … [Read more...]

Video: Houdini

“Don’t insult me by calling me a magician,” Harry Houdini once told reporters. “I am an escape artist.” Much has been written describing his extraordinary feats: how he freed himself from cunningly designed handcuffs and leg-irons; how he escaped … [Read more...]

Video: Lawrence of Arabia

Springing from a somewhat unorthodox and never legalized union between an Anglo-Irish petty lord and his governess, Thomas Edward Lawrence combined an elite Oxford education, wartime opportunity, and an impressive knack for self-promotion to emerge … [Read more...]

Video: Brigham Young

Brigham Young at age forty lived in western Illinois, was a faithful disciple of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, and had but one wife. He was known for his spiritual fire, collegial leadership, and tireless missionary service. Within ten years, much … [Read more...]

Video: Cleopatra

Cleopatra VII of Egypt (69-30 BC) was the last of a dynasty that went back 300 years and is arguably one of the most famous women in history. Although best known for her relationship with the Roman commander Mark Antony and her eventual suicide that … [Read more...]