political history Archives | HistoryNet MENU

political history

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Cross of Iron

    Cross of Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German War Machine, 1918-1945 by John Mosier, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2006, $27.50 John Mosier is certainly one of the more prolific recent authors of military history books. In 2001 he...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Alliance of Enemies

    Alliance of Enemies: The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II By Agostino von Hassell and Sigrid MacRae. 391 pp. Thomas Dunne, 2006. $24.95. German resistance to Hitler was tiny. It failed. And...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Mafia Allies

    Mafia Allies: The True Story of America’s Secret Alliance with the Mob in World War II By Tim Newark. 256 pp. 32 b&w illustrations. Zenith Press, 2007. $24.95 Did Lucky Luciano save New York harbor from Axis sabotage? Did the Mafia...

  • World War II Magazine

    What if: Britain Had Made Peace With Hitler?

    In May 1940, Leopold Amery, a prominent Conservative member of the House of Commons, rose to castigate Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain for his failures as a wartime leader—particularly for the recent British fiasco in Norway. Echoing...

  • MHQ Magazine

    FDR Sees the Elephant

    Assistant Secretary Franklin D. Roosevelt met with kings and presidents, toured the front, fired an artillery piece and declared to all that he had seen the face of war. He belonged in uniform. His country was at war. He was thirty-six...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Adieu at Dien Bien Phu

    The intrepid and ingenious Pierre Guin had a final critical mission to complete before the Viet Minh surrounded and finished off the last French stronghold. Trained at the French Military Academy Saint-Cyr and later earning his airborne...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Douglas Pike On the Tragedy of Our Times

    Tough questions remained even for the man who arguably knew the intricacies of Vietnam better than anyone else. INTRODUCTION Douglas Pike arrived in Saigon in 1960 as an employee of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He spent...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam News- October 2008

    A most unlikely McCain supporter Although Tran Trong Duyet hasn’t seen Senator John McCain for nearly 35 years, he says he’d vote for him if he could. The 75-year-old met McCain during the former Navy pilot’s incarceration in Hanoi...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Replacing France

    Replacing France: The Origins of the American Intervention in Vietnam by Kathryn C. Statler. The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2007, hardcover $45. If you’re curious about how we got into the mess that was Vietnam, Kathryn C....

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Watch That Finger! Raise Those Arms! Make Your Point!

    To triumph in their 1858 contest, Lincoln and Douglas each had to score politically on the platform and in the press—and do it with style. “No,I do not want to go into a debate with Lincoln.” Stephen A. Douglas, incumbent U.S....

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    How Congress Split 2 for 1

    By the time the 36th United States Congress convened in Washington, D.C., on December 5, 1859, events were moving the nation quickly towards war. Tension in the capital was as thick as the mud in its streets. Amid the clatter of boots on...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Who voted for this guy?

    No Southern politician irked his policymaking brethren quite like Virginia-born Henry Stuart Foote, a former Mississippi senator and governor sent by Tennessee to the new Confederate Congress in 1861. Foote was a mass of contradictions—a...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: President Lincoln- The Duty of a Statesman

    President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman by William Lee Miller, Alfred A. Knopf, 2008, $30 The vast amount of Lincoln literature seems to grow more enormous every year, but there are very few well-done examinations of Abraham Lincoln as...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Caught With His Pants On

    Gloating Union generals cooked up the myth that Jefferson Davis was captured in his wife’s clothes. The 4th Michigan Cavalry trooper swiveled in his saddle, drew his carbine and aimed toward a figure trying to walk unnoticed from a large...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Jeff Davis’ Fugitive Government

    As Union forces capture Richmond, the Confederate president and his cabinet take a slow train into exile. The Confederate cabinet was in full flight on the night of April 2, 1865, but what a slow, pitiful flight it was. The train’s...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    The Union’s savage politician who fought with sarcasm and wit

    Thaddeus Stevens was still just a state representative in 1840 when popular New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley declared him “a leetle too savage a politician.” Indeed, the hard-boiled Stevens was happy to shove his unbending...