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  • Aviation History Magazine

    A Mideast Lion Comes West

    The F-21 proved its mettle in countless dogfights against U.S. Navy and Marine Corps fighters. Many Americans would be surprised to learn that during the latter half of the 1980s Israeli fighter aircraft regularly engaged in air-to-air...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Hunt for the Mad Mullah

    The RAF played a pivotal role in the 1920 campaign against a dervish bandit leader in British Somaliland. For two decades prior to World War I, Mohammed bin Abdullah Hassan, the self-proclaimed Mullah of Somaliland, was a persistent thorn...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: American Combat Planes of the 20th Century

    American Combat Planes of the 20th Century by Ray Wagner The 2004 version of American Combat Planes, published by Jack Bacon and Co., is the fourth edition of Ray Wagner’s groundbreaking title since 1960, and it’s by far the best for a...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Silent Warrior: Grumman’s OV-1 Mohawk

    Grumman’s OV-1 Mohawk battlefield recon plane is remembered as an unsung hero by its crewmen and the troops they saved. Specialist Steve Littleton leaned back from his hooded viewer as Captain Attila Barandi banked their Grumman Mohawk...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Review: New Mexico and Arizona

    New Mexico: An Interpretive History (1988, by Marc Simmons) Originally published in 1977 under the title New Mexico: A Bicentennial History, part of a book series commemorating the U.S. bicentennial, this might be the best overview of New...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Tumbleweed Triumvirate

    In Los Angeles in 1924 three celebrated creative men of the West—cowboy artist C.M. “Charlie” Russell (1864–1926), cowboy actor William S. Hart (1864?–1946) and cowboy artist-author Will James (1892–1942)—study Russell’s...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Last of the Western Badmen?

    Like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, ‘Buffalo Tom’ Vernon held up a train. Well, not quite like them— it was 1929, and Vernon was strictly an amateur. Out on parole in August 1929, 45-year-old “Buffalo Tom” Vernon was getting...

  • MHQ Magazine

    D-Day Revisited

    The author, laden with oral-history transcripts, spent a summer in Normandy studying the battle that marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.   AS PART OF THE RESEARCH for a book I am writing about D-Day, timed for the...

  • American History Magazine

    The First Best-Selling Diet Book

    ‘Eat what you like and grow thin,’ claimed Dr. Lulu Hunt Peters, author of the 1918 diet book that introduced Americans to calorie counting. Peters preached portion control and exercise to a mostly female audience who’d come of age...

  • American History Magazine

    It was Titanic

    In 1912, a ship was the only way to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and a century later it is easy to forget that some 2 million people made the transoceanic journey that year. But the RMS more than just a ship. We forget the self-acclaim, the...

  • American History Magazine

    The First Triple Crown Winner

    Sir Barton was an ill-tempered, tender-footed, six-time loser when he came to the starting gate in the 1919 Kentucky Derby. The 3-yearold chestnut colt was expected to set the pace for stablemate Billy Kelly, a favorite to win. But with...

  • American History Magazine

    The First Digital Camera

    Kodak’s initial foray into the digital world marked the biggest change in photography since the company introduced the original point-and-shoot film camera in 1888. The prototype camera, made in 1975 by Steve Sasson, was an 8-pound,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Voices | Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

    We’re trying to do as good a job as we can telling the story from every perspective as we can. The story of the Vietnam War is a story about the present as well as the past, says Ken Burns, whose documentary on the conflict, co-directed...

  • American History Magazine

    The First American Ballet

    Billy the Kid’s short, harrowing life might seem an unlikely inspiration for a classic ballet. But dance impresario Lincoln Kirstein was eager to develop a repertoire that featured American stories, artists and styles. In 1938, Kirstein...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Between Reb and Yank

    Between Reb and Yank: A Civil War History of Northern Loudoun County, Virginia Taylor M. Chamberlin and John M. Souders; McFarland & Co. Following the October 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff—a Confederate victory that made it painfully...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Media Digest | The Battle That Changed the War

    Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017. There were hundreds of battles and thousands of smaller engagements during America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, but most...