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February 2014

Smithsonian February 2014


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


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



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

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