H. W. Crocker III

H. W. Crocker III is the author most recently of The Yanks Are Coming! A Military History of the United States in World War I (Regnery).

The Second Reich’s Three Fatal Mistakes

 

In the years leading up to 1914, many in the German high command thought a war more or less like World War One was inevitable—and when the war came, Germany almost won it. So how did the Second Reich end up losing? There were three key reasons. The first might seem counterintuitive, given many people’s […]

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Defeating ISIS the World War One Way

 

Many people, even alleged conservatives, blame the West when it comes to explaining Islamic terrorism. If it wasn’t the crusades, it was the end of World War One, when Winston Churchill and T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia), among others, carved up the map of the modern Middle East. But if the collapse of the Ottoman […]

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What Doc Savage Can Teach Us About World War One

 

I’ve written elsewhere about some of the basic lessons Americans should learn from our experience in the First World War. But left untouched in that piece is an almost equally important question: what can Doc Savage teach us about World War One? Doc Savage, for the uninitiated, was a pulp fiction hero of the 1930s […]

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Sean Penn and Me

 

I know I shouldn’t, but I always feel a sense of personal responsibility when Sean Penn says something stupid. You see, it was my father who taught him history — or at least sort of. For some, Sean Penn’s most famous role — something he might regret — is as the pothead surfer dude Jeff […]

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Why We Should Give Thanks for the British Empire

 

As we Americans celebrate on this day of gluttony, football, and prayer (not necessarily in that order), we might offer up thanks for the institution that gave us our glorious traditions of liberty and prosperity. That institution would be the British Empire, which not only put us here, but gave us Christianity, limited government, and […]

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Hip, Hip, Hooray, It’s Rhodesia Independence Day!

 

On 11 November 1965, Ian Smith, prime minister of the British colony of Rhodesia, signed his country’s unilateral declaration of independence, giving birth to a new nation that would, rather heroically, seek to maintain its way of life for the next fifteen years. That way of life was not — as critics will be quick […]

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How Would Jefferson Davis Vote?

 

“Who cares?” might be your first reaction; after that, sarcasm might take over: “We know how he would vote — and it wouldn’t be for someone named Barack Obama.” First let’s establish why you should care; then maybe we can knock away some of that sarcasm too. We venerate Lincoln, but in many ways Jefferson […]

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The Cross Still Stands

 

This review appears in the June 2007 issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe to the monthly print edition, click here. Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics, from the Great War to the War on Terror by Michael Burleigh (HarperCollins, 557 pages, $27.95) IF YOU WANTED TO SUMMARIZE the history of the West, […]

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Robert E. Lee: Icon of the South — and American Hero

 

January can be a depressing month. The Christmas decorations come down, the creche is returned to its box (save for those hardliners, like the Crocker family, who leave the nativity set up until 2 February, the Presentation of the Lord), and the tree is dragged unceremoniously from the house. If you’ve had any time off […]

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How to Win in Iraq

 

All right, let’s skip all the introductory remarks and get to the point. Is victory still possible in Iraq? Yes, though the Bush administration keeps doing its level best to kick that prize away from our troops. We can tally up the mistakes later (I’ll mention two of the worst ones at the end) but […]

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