Sep 28, 2012 — At No. 9, Robert K. Massie's Catherine The Great reconstructs the life of an 18th-century empress.
May 31, 2012 — As Britain celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years for her as monarch, Newsweek editor Tina Brown recommends readings on the history of the queen's reign and her enduring popularity.
Nov 5, 2011 — Biographer Robert Massie explains how Catherine II read books to escape the misery of her unhappy marriage. When she became empress in 1762, she championed the ideals of the French Enlightenment during her 34-year reign over Russia.
Jan 22, 2008 — Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl returns with another set of titles you should be reading but haven't (yet). The latest batch features the story of three royal cousins, tales of wild animal adventures and a pun-filled picture book for younger readers.
Jan 21, 2008 — Read an excerpt from King, Kaiser, Tsar by Catrine Clay.
Sep 18, 2007 — If you've got a stack of books that you know you should read, but you never do, maybe you have something in common Queen Elizabeth II. Or at least with the queen as imagined by writer Alan Bennett in The Uncommon Reader.
Aug 16, 2006 — Darrell Mease, a convicted murderer, was scheduled to die in Missouri when his prayers were answered. Pope John Paul II won Mease, a Christian convert, a commutation of his death sentence during a 1999 Missouri visit.
Dec 21, 2005 — A new book recreates the story behind one of England's greatest love affairs — the 17-year relationship between Charles II and Nell Gwyn. Charles Beauclerk is a direct descendant of the pair, and delved into family archives for the inside story.