Philip K Dick novel heads to TV

Philip K Dick's Hugo Award-winning novel The Man in the High Castle is to be adapted for digital channel Syfy.

The novel will be adapted into a four-hour miniseries. Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions will produce, alongside Headline Pictures, Electric Shepherd Productions and FremantleMedia International. "The X Files" writer Frank Spotnitz will write the first two hour-long episodes, and supervise the writing of the second two hours.

The Pope Who Made History in His Leaving

Pope Benedict XVI's relatively unmomentous papacy may yet prove to be of resounding consequence.

George Mason University's History News Network

 

Jim Cullen, who teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, is a book review editor atHNN. His new book, Sensing thePast: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions, is slated for publication by Oxford University Press later this year. Cullen blogs at American History Now.

Briar Patch Books

 

A terrible history in the making

Would we recognize evil if we saw it walking around? Tom Dillon, a veteran newsman himself, takes a look at a book about American journalists and others who witnessed firsthand the rise of Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

Hindsight is easy, but foresight is difficult. That’s true throughout history, but perhaps nowhere more so than in the reactions of Americans in Germany in the 1920s and ’30s to Adolph Hitler’s nascent “thousand-year reich.”

Tracking Amazon: Nagorski's 'Hitlerland' Spikes After PBS Spot

On June 20, Andrew Nagorski appeared on PBS's NewsHour. On June 21, his book, Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power (Simon &Schuster), jumped to #81 from #6,775. The book also made a jump on Kindle, going to #369 from #11,590.

Notre Dame Magazine: The Way We Like to See Ourselves

 

On the morning of September 11 when I emerged from Grand Central Station after my regular commute into the city, I saw people staring intensely at the TV screens in a bank window that normally are tuned to news about the Dow. The screens featured the headline that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center. I looked back down Madison Avenue and saw a huge cloud of smoke high across the sky of lower Manhattan. My first reaction was to think that this was a terrible accident.

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