Author William Taubman (W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 693 pages) This fascinating doorstop biography documents the story of a Shakespearian figure who tried to do the impossible: Transform an evilGregory Bresiger
Inherit the Inaccuracy: The relentless assault on historical accuracy in popular media concoctions that go on and on. Be careful of movies and television that are “doing” history.
Look out for the phrase,“Based on a true story” and other fictions. When I was in high school in the late 1960s we were assigned to read “Inherit the Wind,” aGregory Bresiger
History is critically important in why people suffer when they ride the subways in New York or Amtrak almost anywhere. Their daily frustrations trigger questions. Why is Penn Station falling apartGregory Bresiger
The Mexican War, 1846 The United States, which wants to buy California from Mexico, has just incorporated Texas into the United States. Texas is a former province of Mexico that wonGregory Bresiger
Lord Acton, the great historian of freedom who died in 1902, said there were only two justified wars in American history: The American Revolution and the Second War for AmericanGregory Bresiger
Here in the United States we have just celebrated Memorial Day, a day when we justly honor the men and women who fought in our myriad wars. And today inGregory Bresiger