Over his 41-year Marine Corps career General James Mattis honored his obligation to share lessons learned from combat and his own rigorous study of military history. (DoD Photo)

Marine Corps General James Mattis

Mattis insists that a rigorous study of military history and shared knowledge from combat are equally essential elements of military training
The Tragic Prelude. John Brown.  Copy of mural by John Steuart Curry in the State Capitol in Topeka, KS, ca.  1937-42. (National Park Service)
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Civil War Historian James McPherson

As the sesquicentennial of the Civil War draws to a close, historian James McPherson urges Americans to retain the lessons from that nation-shaping conflict.
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Interview With WWII Museum President Nick Mueller

Nick Mueller spirited the National WWII Museum from its 1990 conception to its 2000 opening, then through the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and now into its current multimillion-dollar expansion campaign.
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Interview With Doolittle Raider Richard Cole

On April 18, 1942, in the northwest Pacific, aviation legend Jimmy Doolittle and copilot Dick Cole led a flight of 16 B-25B bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet bound for targets in Japan. Cole shares his memories of that historic raid.
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Interview With Author Eric Schlosser

In his new book Command and Control, author Eric Schlosser looks at the safety of the nation's nuclear arsenal, with a focus on the 1980 accident at a Titan II missile silo in Damascus, Ark.
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Interview With Author-Historian Geoffrey Parker

In his big new book, Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the 17th Century, distinguished historian Geoffrey Parker addresses a very big subject: a century of worldwide crises. Connecting such...
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Interview With Author Robert Sullivan

For his new book My American Revolution, Robert Sullivan combined thorough research with extraordinary fieldwork to illuminate the American Revolution and draw ties to the present.