Strong Inside

I love college basketball and of course the love affair is in full blossom this time of year. My romance began in 1966 when a bunch of...

Strong Inside

I love college basketball and of course the love affair is in full blossom this time of year. My romance began in 1966 when a bunch of...

Nothing Easy About It

[Milan] – Over the weekend the newspapers in France were reporting on one of the worst national rail strikes in memory. The strike was...

The Year in Books

I did something this year that I have never done before. I kept track of everything I read. The list is eclectic, heavy on non-fiction,...

Air Worst

Let’s just say this: I know what the policy should be – no cell phone calls on airplanes. None. Zilch. With so very much glamor involved...

Power to the People

Among the raft of Executive Orders signed by Roosevelt, and permitted under the Emergency Act, was the creation of the Rural...

My Summer Reading List

1913: The World Before the Great War The best book I’ve read in a while is the work of a British historian Charles Emmerson called 1913:...

Good Reads this Year

statesman/writer of the 20th – or perhaps any – Century. Over his long life he made serious money as a writer, won the Nobel Prize for...

Bad History Matters

David Maraniss, an Associate Editor of The Washington Post, is just out with a completely sourced, deeply researched reporting job called...

The Anchorman

This may be the most famous photo of the many famous photos of the famous CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite. The grainy, black and white...

Once it Worked

Given today’s persistent gridlock in Congress, it’s easy to forget that the United States Senate was once a place where bipartisan...

Weekend Reads

There is a fascinating piece planned for publication Sunday, and already online, in The New York Times on legendary Lyndon Johnson...

LBJ

The steady re-examination and reinterpretation of our 36th president is one of the most interesting developments in the shifting world of...

They Also Ran

If you recognize the fellow in the photo as the 1924 Democratic candidate for President of the United States you are a trivia master....

The Spy from Boise

Years ago as a very young, very naive reporter, the boss handed me a piece of wire copy ripped straight off the teletype machine and told...

George Kennan

You can be forgiven if you’ve never heard the name George F. Kennan. If you’re under 50, didn’t fixate, as many of us did, on the daily...

Confidence Men

So many things we associate with the modern American presidency, including its imperial nature, where created by Franklin D. Roosevelt...

Good Reads

Still looking for a last minute gift idea? How about a book? It has been a good year for good books. In no particular order, here are ten...

Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin has covered the civil rights movement, produced some of the best long form journalism in recent times for The New Yorker,...

The Paris Wife

There were times while reading Paula McLain’s novel about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, and their life in that...