Category Archives: History

The Movie Dunkirk is gripping- excellent- homework. by David Lindsay

Kathleen Schomaker and I went to see the movie Dunkirk, because after some research I discovered that it got a score of 94 at, and got some rave reviews, and it was not criticized for tampering with the history. It … Continue reading

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What Was Lenin Thinking? – The New York Times

“LONDON — What was Vladimir Lenin thinking on the long journey to Petrograd’s Finland Station in 1917?Like everyone else, he had been taken by surprise at the speed with which the February Revolution had succeeded. As he traveled from Zurich … Continue reading

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Where History Is Being Made – by David Brooks – NYT

Originally posted on Inconvenient News
“James and Deborah Fallows have always moved to where history is being made. In the 1980s, when the Japanese economic model seemed like the wave of the future, the husband and wife team…

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Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books – The New York Times

“Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama. Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, … Continue reading

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Finding Myself Through My College Major – The New York Times

HOLLAND, Mich. — At some point during my freshman year in college, I went to a church in town with a friend. When the service was over, I stood up and an elderly man who sat in the pew in … Continue reading

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Ulysses S. Grant: New Biography of ‘A Nobody From Nowhere’ – The New York Times

  AMERICAN ULYSSES           A Life of Ulysses S. Grant By Ronald C. White        Illustrated. 826 pp. Random House. $35 “Gore Vidal did not expect Ulysses S. Grant to be funny. In the novel “1876,” Vidal’s protagonist, Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler, hears … Continue reading

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Another Age of Discovery, by Tom Friedman – The New York Times

“Have we been here before? I know — it feels as if the internet, virtual reality, Donald Trump, Facebook, sequencing of the human genome and machines that can reason better than people constitute a change in the pace of change … Continue reading

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Muhammad Ali, the Political Poet, by Henry Louis Gates Jr. – The New York Times

“A friend asked me the other day to choose my favorite Muhammad Ali fight. “The Rumble in the Jungle,” I responded. I was thinking of all the rhymes that accompanied it, from “You think the world was shocked when Nixon … Continue reading

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John McCain: Salute to a Communist, by John McCain – The New York Times

“AN interesting obituary appeared in The New York Times recently, though the death of its subject last month was largely unnoticed beyond his family and friends. That’s not surprising. Delmer Berg wasn’t a celebrity. He wasn’t someone with great wealth … Continue reading

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Allen Guelzo: What Did Lincoln Really Think of Jefferson?

Allen Guelzo, NYT: ” “Mr. Lincoln hated Thomas Jefferson as a man,” wrote William Henry Herndon, Lincoln’s law partner of 14 years — and “as a politician.” Especially after Lincoln read Theodore F. Dwight’s sensational, slash-all biography of Jefferson in … Continue reading

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