Smithsonian Magazine - 11.2019

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Vol. 50 | No. 07 November 2019


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Jack London
In the Wild
With a new movie
adaptation of his rabidly
popular novel, we trace
the celebrated author’s
journey to the Klondike,
where he risked his life
looking for gold—and
found his calling
by Richard Grant

Che’s Kid
Hits the Road
What’s Ernesto Gue-
vara, son of the world’s
most recognizable
revolutionary, doing
on a Harley-Davidson?
Dodging potholes and
the occasional goat
while leading a whirl-
wind tour around Cuba
by Tony Perrottet

09 American Icon: Alcatraz Island

  • Great escapes—or were they?
    12 Art: Ghost of the Berlin Wall
    14 Veterans: Preserving American war letters

  • Hidden in plain sight
    22 Relationships: Love, by the numbers
    24 National Treasure: Serenading the troops
    26 Origins: Flaky pursuit


Texas barbecue joints don’t usually serve Asian-inspired
fried rice on the side. But Blood Bros BBQ does.


All Fired Up!
From jalapeño cheddar
sausage to a smoked
turkey banh mi sand-
wich, a tiny Houston
eatery is breaking
the rules of Lone Star
barbecue to create some
of the freshest-tasting
grub on the horizon
by Brett Martin

Behind the Lines
During World War II,
men and women as-
signed to a secret U.S.
Army intelligence unit
were sent to Europe on a
mission of incalculable
strategic value: Capture
the enemy’s maps and
survey data. Here is
their heroic story, based
on new research
by Greg Miller


06 Discussion
Prince’s guitar, recognition
for women scientists
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Cover: A sled dog named Secord,
photographed earlier this year in
Dawson City, Yukon.
Photograph by Grant Harder

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