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Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell’s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past — an event, a person, an idea, even a song — and asks whether we got it right the first time. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

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Hitler’s Olympics, Part 3: Mustache to Mustache

With the fate of the Olympics on the line, Charles Sherrill travels to Germany to take up the question of Jewish athletes directly with the Führer. We dig through a…

Hitler’s Olympics Part 2: Pangloss, Polonius, Prufrock

Charles Sherrill was everything a gentleman of his generation was supposed to be: rich, handsome, charming, Ivy-Leagued. He was impossibly well connected and extravagantly mustachioed. He was also the person…

Hitler’s Olympics Part 1: The Blue-Eyed Tornado

In the early 1930s, Adolf Hitler granted a rare interview to the American journalist Dorothy Thompson. When Hitler later came to power, and prepared to stage the 1936 Berlin Olympics,…

Revisionist History: Hitler’s Olympics

Adolf Hitler swept to power in Germany in the mid-1930s and immediately set out to stage the most extravagant and spectacular summer Olympics ever, the 1936 Berlin Games. And countries…

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