by | Mar 18, 2020

Amid the national conversation — a silly, fashionable term except it sounds like the yak-yaks it mostly is — I am reminded of how national leaders used to speak in times of stress. War and total economic ruin, mind, not…

by | Mar 17, 2020

A deadly terror gripped more and more of the world, leaving death and dislocation in its wake. Even so, many in America clung to the hope that, as the days went by, somehow, we would be spared. But we were…

by | Feb 23, 2020

To liberate means to make free. In the Second World War, Stalin no more liberated anyone than Hitler did. But Russian President Vladimir Putin refuses to acknowledge this verity. The lord of the Kremlin periodically regurgitates Soviet propaganda about the…

by | Jan 28, 2020

The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground by Justus Rosenberg (William Morrow, 288 pages, $28.99) There’s a mini-trend just now in the book publishing biz. It seems to have dawned simultaneously on many 95-plus year-old veterans…

by | Jan 2, 2020

A week after Michigan Rep. Justin Amash declared independence from the Republican Party in a July 4 Washington Post op-ed, the GOP of his native Kent County officially condemned his exit. “For some, this is a stunning revelation,” the Grand…

by | Dec 20, 2019

More than 700 intellectuals signed a “Historians’ Statement on the Impeachment of Donald Trump,” released on Monday. By Wednesday, 230 Democrats voted to impeach the president. Good historians can separate the causal from the coincidental. “It is our considered judgment…

by | Dec 10, 2019

The Hidden Nazi: The Untold Story of America’s Deal with the Devil By Dean Reuter, Colm Lowery & Keith Chester (Regnery History, 396 pages, $29.99) The Hidden Nazi uncovers a previously uncovered war criminal, Waffen-SS General Hans Kammler, who was never…

by | Dec 3, 2019

Episode 1: Give ’Em Hell, Harry! About a decade after he left the Oval Office, Harry Truman hosted an emissary from Israel’s prime minister in his Independence, Missouri, home. After sharing a stroll around the neighborhood, greeting all and sundry…

by | Oct 25, 2019

Ignored among current reparations discussions is the fact the South has already paid them — if not for slavery, then for losing the Civil War. For at least 25 years after the war, over half of the federal budget was…

by | Sep 1, 2019

August 31, 2019 It’s impossible to believe, but time passes so quickly that it’s now 80 years almost to the hour that World War II in Europe began with the Nazi invasion of Poland. I’m 74, so it was not…

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