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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII DVD Review: The Road to World War II

    The Road to World War II   Directed by Scott Garen, 1978. 6 hours on six discs. $49.99.  In 1978, PBS aired 12 half-hour episodes of Between the Wars, which covered the fraught ground between the Treaty of Versailles and the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Eye on a Juggernaut

    Military attaché Truman Smith was the first American diplomat to meet a local agitator in Munich named Adolf Hitler, and among the first to warn of Germany’s military resurgence. His reports were timely, prescient—and largely ignored....

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    FDR’s China Syndrome

    The Asian giant had a powerful hold on the president’s imagination— one that shaped his wartime policy for the worse. Tourists trudging through the Roosevelt family seat in Hyde Park, New York, pass by Ming vases, a dinner gong, and...

  • HistoryNet

    War and Peace: 2013 and Beyond

    What readers must know about the global strategic situation. EDITOR’S NOTE: Author John Sutherland is a senior operations and intelligence analyst whose influential articles include the widely acclaimed “iGuerrilla: The New Model...

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    Patton in World War I

    George Patton’s famed genius for war first appeared in 1918 on the battlefields of France. GEORGE S. PATTON JR.’S fame rests primarily on his deeds on the battlefields of World War II: the Operation Torch landings in North Africa in...

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    The Devil’s Agreement

    Through the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact, cynical dictators paved the way for World War II in Europe. In Moscow’s Kremlin late on Au- gust 23, 1939, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin stood in the background beaming proudly as his foreign...

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    Lincoln Chooses War, 1861

    How America’s president led his country into the Civil War. On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln of Illinois was elected president of the United States. Running against a split Democratic Party (two Democratic candidates), with a...

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    Crisis Watch- Trust Isn’t a Strategy

    False allies betray our interests abroad. President Ronald Reagan had it right: “Trust, but verify.” Which, if you think about, means: “Don’t trust them at all.” In dealing with states we’ve convinced ourselves are allies –...

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    The Kaiser’s Question, 1914

    The fate of the world hinged on one man’s answer. All of Europe tensed during the fateful summer of 1914 as the Austro- Hungarian Empire determined to eradicate the small Balkan kingdom of Serbia. There was little to covet in Serbia, a...

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    The Forest Brothers Against the Soviets

    From 1944-53, Lithuanian partisans risked their lives to oppose repressive Soviet occupation. From the end of World War II through the early years of the Cold War, thousands of Lithuania’s sons and a few of its daughters disappeared into...

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    Crisis Watch: Sorting the Chaos

    Why the Arab Spring jumped off the rails. Impatient journalists and disappointed Washington officials shake their heads at the confusion, intolerance and violence that has followed the “Arab Spring.” They’re being naïve. Undoing the...

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    Failed Peace: The Treaty of Versailles, 1919

    What “everyone knows” about the infamous treaty ending World War I is wrong! Although we typically think of November 11, 1918, as the end date of World War I, that day only marked the start of an armistice ending the actual fighting,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    War for Peace in Vietnam

    Final peace talks in Paris, interrupted by ferocious Yuletide bombing, epitomized the byzantine and often bizarre maneuverings that let the United States find a way out of Vietnam. IN TET’S WAKE, FORMAL PEACE TALKS between the United...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Still Fighting for MIA

    For more than four decades, the families of Americans still missing in Vietnam have been relentless in their quest for answers. A guardian of the POW/MIA issue, Ann Mills-Griffiths has devoted decades in the quest for answers to account...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Stanley Karnow: An Interesting Man in Interesting Times

    Restless, skeptical, petulant and compulsively inquisitive, to the end. Stanley Karnow, the journalist and historian who wrote the definitive book on the war, fond of quoting a Chinese proverb: “May you live in Vietnam: A History, was...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The Collapse of Generalship

    The decline of integrity, discipline and objectivity among the generals in Vietnam fostered a dysfunctional chain of command and an Army in disarray. Just three decades before the United States found itself bogged down in an unpopular and...