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  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam News- June 2009

    Vietnam’s Shadow Reaches Obama Will February 17, 2009, someday be regarded as a date of great historical import, the starting point of what could be a dangerous road into an unwinnable military conflict? That is the alarm being sounded...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam News- August 2009

    MiG and Phantom Foes: Back Together Again Former F-4 and MIG-21 adversaries Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry, U.S.A.F. (Ret.) and Nguyen Hong My shared the stage at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington on April 28 to talk about their...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    The North’s Caustic Cartoonist

    Through his political illustrations, Thomas Nast became a powerful spin doctor who influenced public opinion and made presidents. When Ulysses S. Grant was asked to name the one American civilian who had the most impact on the course of...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    A bulldog whose bite matched his bark

    Born in the abolitionist hotbed of Massachusetts and raised on the plains of the Midwest, Benjamin Franklin Wade farmed, drove cattle and even labored on the Erie Canal before passing the Ohio bar and jumping head-first into hot-stove...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Vindicating Lincoln

    Vindicating Lincoln by Thomas L. Krannawitter, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, $24.95 Although he is universally acknowledged as America’s greatest president—perhaps even its greatest icon— Abraham Lincoln generates just as much...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Decision in the Heartland

    Decision in the Heartland: The Civil War in the West by Steven E. Woodworth, Greenwood/Praeger, 2008, $39.95 Steven E. Woodworth has authored, co-authored or edited more than 20 books on a variety of Civil War issues and personalities....

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Cleburne

    Cleburne: A Graphic Novel by Justin S. Murphy, Rampart Press, 2008, $24.95 Contrary to what you have been told not to do all your life, I implore you: Yes, please do judge this book by its cover. Justin Murphy’s Cleburne: A Graphic Novel...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Murder with a vengeance

    John Yates Beall, John Wilkes Booth and the killing of a president. After John Wilkes Booth shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln, theories—many born of hysteria— swept the nation. Some claimed that the assassination involved...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Lincoln at Peoria

    Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point by Lewis E. Lehrman, Stackpole Books, 2008, $29.95 For five years following his lone term as a U.S. congressman in 1847-49, Abraham Lincoln remained outside the political landscape. But as Lincoln...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Don’t Mess with Stonewall

    Andrew Jackson Grigsby’s fury was an advantage on the battlefield, but it sure didn’t help when he turned it on his own commander. Colonel Andrew Jackson Grigsby was mad as thunder; and not without reason. Mustered in as major of the...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Giants

    Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln by John Stauffer, Twelve, 2008, $30 You’ll be hard-pressed to find a list of preeminent “self-made men” in American history that doesn’t include either Abraham...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Lincoln- The Biography of a Writer

    Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer  by Fred Kaplan, Harper, 2008, $27.95 In her landmark book Team of Rivals, presidential scholar Doris Kearns Goodwin at one point refers to Abraham Lincoln as our nation’s only...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ‘Old Blue Light’ attends a hanging

    Thomas J. Jackson contemplated mortality as John Brown met his death. CHARLES TOWN, VIRGINIA DECEMBER 2, 1859 The day was slightly overcast, as one observer wrote, “with a gentle haze in the atmosphere that softened without obscuring the...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ‘Bitter Bierce’ and the macabre side of war

    Chilling, unpredictable war stories were the forte of Ambrose Bierce. Before there was Alfred Hitchcock or Rod Serling, there was Ambrose Bierce. Misanthrope is probably the best way to characterize this turn-of-the-century journalist and...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Making of Marlborough

    John Churchill rose from modest means to become first Duke of Marlborough and the greatest general of his time. On the morning of August 13, 1704, an English general stood on a low hill overlooking a nondescript Bavarian village on the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hemingway at War

    War gave the legendary novelist his best stories—and a lifetime of trouble. Greg Clark didn’t believe the war stories told by the American kid who’d wandered into his cluttered Toronto office looking for work. The tall, beefy lad...