by | Jan 17, 2018

The other day I went to see Darkest Hour, the movie about Winston Churchill’s heroics in the spring of 1940 in steeling the British upper classes to resist Hitler and to relieve Dunkirk by sending off a civilian armada to…

by | Jan 11, 2018

At the theater last month I overheard a mother speaking to her young daughter about theaters and presidents. The mother said, “A president, Thomas Jefferson, got assassinated in an old theater like this one.” The girl said that she didn’t…

by | Dec 14, 2017

Yes, Virginia, after thousands of books, lectures, debates, veteran memoirs, and documentaries, there is still something to say about World War II that advances our knowledge of that tragic, deadly and totally unnecessary world conflagration that claimed 65 million lives and changed the shape of the world. Military historian and Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson says it in his huge, dense, and important new book.

by | Dec 8, 2017

D arkest Hour, Joe Wright’s recent film, vividly describes the closing days of May 1940, when Adolf Hitler’s blitzkrieg swept over western Europe. In Britain, despite overwhelming odds, Winston Churchill convinced his country to fight on. It is an excellent film…

by | Dec 6, 2017

There’s never a bad day to remember and salute those who’ve fought to protect America. But there are special days when this is particularly appropriate. December 7 is one of those days. It was 76 years ago tomorrow that the…

by | Dec 1, 2017

So, a few days ago was my 73rd birthday. I spent it in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, with my wife and our dog, Julie, and my wife’s nurse, Gemma. I swam twice each day, on my back, looking up…

by | Nov 6, 2017

White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly was attacked last week for his comments that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man and that the Civil War might have been avoided by compromise. But no one attacked the comments…

by | Sep 21, 2017

T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruellest month…mixing Memory and desire…” But he never spent a sun-drenched, late summer’s day on Antietam Creek where poignant beauty mixes with memory and blood. The battle of Antietam, or Sharpsburg (southerners use…

by | Aug 18, 2017

In a wild press conference on Tuesday, President Donald Trump doubled-down on his decision to criticize “both sides” of the violent Charlottesville, Virginia, protests and suggested some of the protesters attempting to save the city’s statue of Confederate General Robert…

by | Aug 18, 2017

For looting gold-plated shingles off the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus during their sack of Rome in 455, the Vandals helplessly watched history expropriate their name into a label for mindless despoilers of property. When does history turn “Democrat” into…

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