Until Germany's humiliating WWI defeat ignited his ambitions and hatred, Adolf Hitler was more a 'reject' than a monster, says Australian historian Paul Ham.
In his book Golden Kicks, sneakerhead Jason Coles charts how so many popular sports shoe brands, from the Stan Smith to the Converse All Star, have vaulted from the running track, football field or tennis court into popular culture.
Stephen Fry fell in love with Greek mythology as a young boy. Now the acclaimed British actor, comedian and writer has written a book about them: Mythos - The Greek Myths Retold.
At the Battle of Gate Pā, 200 Māori faced 1,700 colonial troops and their artillery. Author Buddy Mikaere discusses the events leading up to and following the battle.
We may have been the first country to give women the vote, but the New Zealand women who served as doctors, ambulance drivers and munitions workers World War I have largely been left out of our written history - until now.
Hierarchical structures are needed for order and security, but we also need networks if we're to have innovation, historian Niall Ferguson says in his new book.
The idea held by some Americans that one can simply choose to consider beliefs or opinions as facts goes back long before 'fake news', argues writer and SPY magazine co-founder Kurt Andersen.
When the western world developed a sweet tooth in the 16th century, 12 million slaves were snatched from Africa and sent to the Americas to serve what was becoming an addiction.
A persistent streak of anti-Asian sentiment is rooted in the history of New Zealand, says Emma Ng, a second-generation Chinese New Zealander and author of the new book Old Asian, New Asian.
94-year-old writer, campaigner and WWII RAF veteran Harry Leslie Smith is still producing books and pushing for the preservation of Britain's National Health Service, better care for the poor and the preservation of democracy.
Sir Wira Gardiner provides insights into the Battle of Passchendaele, the Battle of Stalingrad, Māori involvement in World War I and World War II and the New Zealand Land Wars.
In this era of 'post-truth' and 'fake news' who do we turn to to find out what's real and what's not? Stanford science historian Robert Proctor is an expert on ignorance.