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Book Review: The Shining Sea, by George C. Daughan

HistoryNet Staff | Published: December 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm
George Daughan relates Captain David Porter's truly epic 17-month Pacific voyage on USS Essex during the War of 1812 in The Shining Sea.

Wild West Discussion - February 2014

Published: November 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm
Badge wearers in the Wild West sometimes spent time on the wrong side of the law. Whom do you consider the quintessential two-faced lawman—"Mysterious Dave" Mather, Henry Newton Brown, Henry Plummer, Wyatt Earp, Burton Alvord, William Robinson (alias Ben Wheeler), …

Wild West - February 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: November 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm
In the February issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Josie Earp, Will McLaury, the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872, Sioux beliefs about suicide, Sherrif Amen Dunn and the town of Blythe (with a Y), Calif.

Book Review: Imagining Geronimo, by William M. Clements

HistoryNet Staff | Published: November 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm
In Imagining Geronimo author William Clements explores the Apache leader in myth and his changing image as depicted through graphic arts, the written word and the silver screen.

LBJ's 'X' File on Nixon's Pre-Election Deal With Saigon

Beverly Deepe Keever | Published: November 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm
In an excerpt from Death Zones and Darling Spies, Beverly Keever explores new evidence that support her 1968 story for Christian Science Monitor that Richard Nixon secretly tried to scuttle President Johnson's peace talk plan days before the election

The JFK Collection: Eight Films - DVD Review

Abigail Pfeiffer | Published: November 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm
"The JFK Collection" presents eight hours of documentaries, on three DVDs, about President John F. Kennedy, his wife, and other members of the Kennedy family.

Morane-Saulnier Across the Med

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Flying a replica Morane-Saulnier G, Baptiste Salis arrives in Tunisia, having crossed the Mediterranean a century after Roland Garros first did so in a Morane-Saulnier H. [©2013 Demotix] It's a quirk of history that Louis Blériot's July 1909 crossing of …

From da Vinci to Voyager

Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:53 pm
In 1505-06, Leonardo da Vinci envisioned a day when humans would fly like birds. [Biblioteca Reale, Turin; Inset, NASA] "One can draw an imaginary line from the genius of the Renaissance [Leonardo da Vinci], who dreamed about human flight by …

Letter from Aviation History—January 2014

Carl von Wodtke | Published: November 04, 2013 at 1:52 pm
Wright or Wrong?  Everyone knows the story: On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the Flyer along a launch rail and into the air at Kitty Hawk, N.C., while brother Wilbur watched and a camera captured the historic moment (story, …

Interview With Army Chief of Military History Robert J. Dalessandro

Published: October 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm
As director of the Center of Military History, Robert J. Dalessandro is responsible for preserving and relating the peacetime and wartime history of the U.S. Army, a job the retired colonel takes very seriously.

Game Review: History: Legends of War—Patton, by Maximum Games

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 30, 2013 at 10:10 am
In this latest iteration of History: Legends of War you assume the role of General George S. Patton in the European theater of World War II.

JFK: Trials, Triumph and Tragedy

Christine Kreiser | Published: October 18, 2013 at 10:59 am
The presidency of John F. Kennedy was momentous and consequential far beyond its horrific denouement in Dallas

Wild West Discussion - December 2013

Published: October 01, 2013 at 7:11 pm
In the 1846–47 Donner Party tragedy, 36 of the 81 emigrants trapped in the snow-covered Sierra Nevada died. More than half of the survivors likely ate human flesh to stay alive. What would you do in a similar predicament—resort to …

Gary Ernest Smith - Art of the West

Johnny D. Boggs | Published: October 01, 2013 at 5:57 pm
Minimalist Gary Ernest Smith maximizes the graphic potential of Billy the Kid's 1881 escape from New Mexico Territory's Lincoln County Courthouse.

Wild West - December 2013 - Letters From Readers

Published: October 01, 2013 at 5:12 pm
In the December issue of Wild West, readers share dispatches about Custer "survivor" August Finckle/Frank Finkel, all-but-forgotten con man Soapy Smith and the disputed six-shooter in Wyatt Earp's hand that fateful day in Tombstone.

Letter From Wild West - December 2013

Gregory Lalire | Published: October 01, 2013 at 4:51 pm
Arguments and tasteless wordplay aside, it was cannibalism that set apart the 1846–47 Donner Party as one of the worst tragedies on the 19th-century pioneer trail.
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