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A Young Pilot’s Surprising Political Leanings

Branded a left-wing peacenik during his 1972 presidential campaign against incumbent Richard M. Nixon, Senator George S. McGovern lost that race in a landslide, winning only Massa-chusetts and Washington, D.C....
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No Regrets

Of all the places I’ve been, the port of Archangel in the north of Russia is the least romantic. The climate is terrible—cold and dank most of the year—and ships lie rusting in the harbor....
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Review: The Liberator by Alex Kershaw

The Liberator One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau By Alex Kershaw. 448 pp. Crown, 2012. $28. War is hell, but Felix Sparks, the central...
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Oh What a Lucky Man, III

The theme of this column lately has been the way that Americans are keeping alive the memory of World War II. The results are in, and the verdict is "wow!" The recent exhibit at the Museum of Fine...
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Oh What a Lucky Man, II

    Last week I told you about the incredible photo exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston. "War/Photography:  Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath" was a...
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Oh What a Lucky Man I Am

I've said it many times: I'm a lucky guy. Beautiful wife. Wonderful family. I get to live in Texas. (No offense to the other states. I've lived in a few and they're not bad at all.) Another way I'm lucky is...
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Hollywood’s War: Beginnings and Endings

I have been writing this column for years, and if your attention hasn't drifted, you probably know that I am not that fond of war movies. I say it every year at this time. Don't like them, don't watch them,...
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Unique: the Pacific War, Part 2

Last week I made a startling claim about the uniqueness of the Pacific War. Well, startling for me, anyway. I've come up in a school that distrusts the very word "unique." Most historians eschew the...
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Unique: the Pacific War

No historian is supposed to use the word "unique." After all, everyone knows that nothing is completely unique. Human beings have been living on planet earth for a long time, and every historical...
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Maggie

Last weekend, I met a hero. Oh, I know, "hero" is a cliché of military history. I've always been skeptical of the term. How do you judge a hero? What is the qualification? Do you have to...
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Niwi: Nine Men

Last week, I wrote a teaser about the 1940 campaign. For most military historians, the German victory in France remains a kind of gold standard: a rapid, decisive, and relatively bloodless victory that smashed...
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Mein Kampf: The Sequel

In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler laid out a philosophy that would trigger global war. But a later volume, not published in his lifetime, is at least as shocking as his notorious My Struggle.