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Is there still a place for mavericks in the U.S. military?

Published: May 02, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Under the current standards of conduct in the U.S. military, where it's "one mistake and you're out," is there still a place for maverick pilots like Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Hub Zemke, Jack Broughton and John Boyd?

Book Review: Mrs. Earp, by Sherry Monahan

Lee Silva | Published: May 02, 2014 at 10:30 am
Mrs. Earp: The Wives and Lovers of the Earp Brothers, by Sherry Monahan, TwoDot, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., and Helena, Mont., 2013, $16.95 When I started my Wyatt Earp research in 1988, I was more …

Interview With WWII Museum President Nick Mueller

Published: April 30, 2014 at 4:08 pm
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.

USS Olympia: Symbol of a Sea Change

Jon Guttman | Published: April 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm
The oldest steel warship still afloat, USS Olympia embodies the United States' historic transition into a global seapower.

Book Review: The D-Day Atlas, by Charles Messenger

HistoryNet Staff | Published: April 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm
Reissued in paperback for the 70th anniversary of the Normany Invasion, Charles Messenger's D-Day Atlas is the authoritative summary of all things related to the operation, with succinct text, ample photos and comprehensive maps.

Book Review: Hundred Days, by Nick Lloyd

HistoryNet Staff | Published: April 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Historian Nick Lloyd reexamines the closing days of World War I, examining the root causes of the shift in the Allies' favor.

Book Review: Hanns and Rudolf, by Thomas Harding

HistoryNet Staff | Published: April 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm
This dual biography by Thomas Harding profiles Rudolf Höss, the wartime Kommandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, and Hanns Alexander, the Jewish leader of the British intelligence unit tasked with tracking down Nazis, including Hoss.

Napoléon’s Six Days

James W. Shosenberg | Published: April 30, 2014 at 11:41 am
After his stinging first defeat on French soil, the emperor struck back at the invading allies in a last-ditch campaign

Book Review: Tombstone’s ‘Buckskin Frank,’ by Ben T. Traywick

Published: April 02, 2014 at 2:42 pm
Tombstone's 'Buckskin Frank': Nashville Franklyn Leslie, by Ben T. Traywick, Red Marie's, Tombstone, Ariz., 2013, $12.50 The subhead of this new and greatly expanded version of a 1985 book by Ben Traywick, former town historian of Tombstone, Arizona, sounds …

John Coleman—Art of the West

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: April 02, 2014 at 2:31 pm
The Prescott, Ariz., artist has captured Sitting Bull, Gall and Crazy Horse in his sculpture, "1876."

Book Review: The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War

Richard Ernsberger Jr. | Published: March 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm
THE BROTHERS: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer (Time Books) In the 1950s President Dwight Eisenhower considered it America's "destiny and duty" to contain the Soviet Union and the scourge of international communism. …

Band of Brothers' William J. 'Wild Bill' Guarnere Dies at 90

HistoryNet | Published: March 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm
William J. 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, a member of the 'Band of Brothers,'

Interview With Arlington National Cemetery's Patrick Hallinan

Published: February 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm
Patrick Hallinan, executive director of Arlington National Cemetery, discusses the sesquicentennial of America's most hallowed ground and plans for its future.

The Unknown Lincoln-Douglass Debate

HistoryNet | Published: February 03, 2014 at 1:17 pm
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass "debate" through their correspondence and commentary in a special program narrated by Harold Holzer and starring Norm Lewis and Stephen Lang.

Wild West - April 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: January 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm
In the April issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Kingston, N.M., Frank James' grave site in Independence, Mo., and "squaw," the offensive frontier-era term for an American Indian woman.

Letter From Wild West - April 2014

Gregory Lalire | Published: January 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm
Certain Indian leaders, chief among them Joseph of the Nez Perce, were eloquent speakers, though their actual words were sometimes lost in translation.
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