A Victorious Germany in WWI Would Have Prevented the Nazis—But It May Have Been Nearly as Bad
July 07, 2014
Two historians debate U.S. entry into the First World War.
Why Woodrow Wilson Was Right to Bet on World War I
July 06, 2014
Germany would almost certainly have won without his intervention.
The Best State of the Union Addresses, Ever
January 26, 2014
When President Barack Obama delivers his sixth State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, he is expected to address ways of combatting economic inequality, as well as reforming immigration and the NSA.
The Forgotten President
June 04, 2013
The first liberal Democratic president took office exactly 100 years ago this spring. So why aren’t contemporary liberals bestowing the same praise on Woodrow Wilson as they lavish on Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson?
It's the Technocratic Arrogance, Stupid
May 16, 2013
Obama isn't Bush or Nixon. He's in hot water for behaving too much like Woodrow Wilson.
Lincoln in Hollywood, from Griffith to Spielberg
December 21, 2012
Spielberg's film ought to put an end to the Lost Cause mythology.
Which past president stood up most stalwartly for the anti-tax, anti-welfare, anti-union principles that animate today’s conservative movement? Of course, most activists on the right would confer that honor on Ronald Reagan.
How to Read the King James Bible
September 14, 2012
A new edition takes the King James Bible out of the museum display case.
Clinton vs. Obama: A Rhetorical Analysis
September 07, 2012
In 2012, he who exhibits a command of facts in the accent of a country-western singer becomes the closest thing we have to a philosopher king.
The Titanic And The Virgin
April 13, 2012
I had forgotten, until I picked up my copy of Steven Biel's Down With The Old Canoe: A Cultural History Of The Titanic, that Henry Adams booked passage on the Titanic's return trip. "My ship, the Titanic, is on her way," he wrote in a letter on April 12, 1912, "and unless she drops me somewhere else, I should get to Cherbourg in a fortnight." (Adams, then 74--he would die six years later--mentioned in the same letter that the as-yet-unpublished Education, which he'd forwarded to his correspondent, was "hardly ... fit for any public.