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Typo

I am all thumbs. Put me at a computer keyboard, and I am trouble. I am the lord of the typo. Put my on an iPhone and things get exponentially worse. Put me on an iPhone with that quaint function known as...
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Torpedo Junction

In the battle for Guadalcanal, Imperial submarines ruled the sea—until rigid doctrine dragged them down.
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Ridgway: Iron Man at the Front

Acts of great courage in war aren’t limited to the battlefield. One little-known incident during World War II defined Major General Matthew B. Ridgway as a commander of unrivaled courage when he laid...
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Conversation with Matthew Brzezinski

‘Writing this book,” Matthew Brzezinski declares, “made me grasp the horrors of the situation’s choices.” The “situation” is the Nazi-ruled Warsaw Ghetto, portrayed...
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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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Thaddeus Stevens

Meet the real Thaddeus Stevens, the man who inspired Tommy Lee Jones' impassioned performance in Spielberg's Lincoln.
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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 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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Vet Spotlight – Michael Cody

Michael Cody Age: 67 Hometown: Wallkill, N.Y. Career: Truck Driver, Wallkill Highway Garage In-country: 1968-69 Michael Cody took more than 1,000 photos during and after the World Trade Center attacks of...
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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...