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February 2014

Smithsonian February 2014

Departments

Opening Announcements, Cover and Contents, Contributions, From the Editor, Discussion, From the Castle



Phenonmenon

Gold

This month our theme is gold, from re-evaluating the alchemists to chatting with the gilded femme fatale in the James Bon movie Goldfinger.



The Eagle Never Landed

After he became the worlds most lovable Winter Olympian, Eddie the Eagle soared.

By Franz Lidz



Valentine's Revenge

First comes love, then comes divorce. A brief and heartbreaking history of the end of marriage.

By Amanda Foreman



Smithsonian, Books, Fast Forward

What's new around the Mall





Features



The Lasy Days of Blackbeard

An exclusive account of the final raid and political maneuvers of history most notorious pirate.

By Colin Woodard



Volves in Love

Burrowing balls of fluff, recently plucked from the American prairie, hold the secrets to our deepest bonds and affections. Meet the vole, the animal whose very name contains the word.

By Abigail Tucker



The Mouth That Roared

Fifty years ago, the Louisville Lip fulfilled his own prophecy.

By Sally Jenkins



The Cave Dwellers

Once the shame of Italy, the ancient warren of natural caves in Matera may be Europes most dramatic story of rebirth.

By Tony Perrottet



Blood in the Jungle

The sensational murder of a married couple trying to protect an Amazon rainforest points to an ominous trend: a worldwide spike in violence against environmental advocates.

By Scott Wallace



Lincoln's Boys

The slain presidents two personal secretaries battled mudslingers for a quarter-century to shape his image.

By Joshua Zeitz