America’s Great War…

The marvelous British historian David Reynolds argues in his latest book – The Long Shadow – which explores the lasting legacies of World...

America’s Great War…

The marvelous British historian David Reynolds argues in his latest book – The Long Shadow – which explores the lasting legacies of World...

Assessing LBJ

Dallek titled one of his volumes on Johnson – Flawed Giant. That, I suspect, will be the ultimate verdict of history. A big, passionate...

For the People

Put a man on the moon in the decade of the 1960’s and return him safely to Earth – no problem. Create a Peace Corps and send idealistic...

The Age of Unreason

“If there is that degree of disruption, that lack of certainty, that lack of trust in the US signature, it would mean massive disruption...

The Middle Doesn’t Hold

Lots of Republicans, particularly the Tea Party wing of the party, love the Club for Growth and its mouthpiece former Rep. Chris Chocola...

The War That Never Ended

What lives they must have led. As young men, boys really, they had participated in battle that both saved the Union and served as the...

The Defining Event

The author and historian Shelby Foote, his narrative history of the Civil War  – all 1.5 million words of it – remains one of the...

The Defining Moment

Of course the great and terrible American Civil War – across the country we are commemorating its 150th anniversary – eventually became a...

Shiloh

April 6, 1862 – 150 years ago today – Americans came to understand that their Civil War would be not be over easily or soon. Edward...

Mark Hatfield

Not Likely to See His Kind Again I’ve always thought of Mark Hatfield, the Oregon Republican who died on Sunday, as looking and acting...

Effective and Not

They celebrated Jefferson Davis’s inauguration yesterday in Montgomery, Alabama. Actually, it was a day late. One hundred fifty years ago...

Still Fighting the War

This just in: Civil War still rages. From nullification battles in Idaho and several other states to a Mississippi proposal to remember...

Nullification

As Idaho and a half dozen other states prepare legislation to attempt to “nullify” the federal health care law, including apparently...

Yup, It Really Was About Slavery

On the grounds of the Texas State Capitol in Austin stands a massive monument commemorating the side that lost the Civil War. The...

Obama’s War

I have a clear memory of an old basketball coach from high school who preached a simple strategy. Coach would say when someone was trying...