Liberty on Hollywood

Quickie divorces. Overpaid actors. Alarmingly thin actresses. Cynical producers only concerned with profits. These issues aren't new to Hollywood - they've been around since its "Golden Age," in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. Read all about it in articles by and about Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson and more.

Liberty on Politics

In 1934, H. L. Mencken wrote, "Next to kidnappers, politicians seem to be the most unpopular men in this great republic." Over 80 years later, his statement still rings true. This collection features more timeless insights by Mencken, notable politicians like FDR and Teddy Roosevelt, and comedian Gracie Allen – who argues "Why America's Next President Should Be a Woman."

Liberty on Baseball

It’s true – Babe Ruth once felt like a has-been. And did you know he was more proud of his pitching than any of his home runs? Those and many more insights into the baseball greats’ careers and lives can be found in this revealing collection – straight from the players themselves. You’ll read in Joe DiMaggio’s own words what boos from the bleachers did to his playing, and what Lou Gehrig learned from the Bambino himself. Also included: stories from legendary Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, hall-of-famers Dizzy Dean, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Carl Hubbell, John McGraw, and more.

Liberty on Sex

Sex is as old as the human race, but no one's gotten tired of talking about it yet. This collection shows how much and how little has changed since the early 20th century, as Mahatma Gandhi and Margaret Sanger debate birth control, we find out the answer to "Must a Secretary Have Sex Appeal?" and get a glimpse into Hitler's love life.

Liberty on Boxing

Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey were two of the best fighters professional boxing has ever seen. Though they never met in the ring, they go head-to-head in this collection. Whether you favor Louis or Dempsey, you'll find reasons to root for them both - and wish for a return to the golden age of fighting.

Liberty on Wall Street

Guess the year this sentence was written: "They dumped quantities of securities, which they knew to be worthless, on their own depositors." Would you believe it was written in Liberty in 1933, by Fiorello LaGuardia? They say those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and this collection shows it's doubly true on Wall Street.

Liberty on Drinking

Is drinking liquor before wine "as barbarous as going to church in a bathing suit"? Can a drink or two help baseball players perform better? Are college students too friendly with "John Barleycorn"? Find the answers to these and more questions in essays on the art of imbibing by H. L. Mencken, Ty Cobb and more