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  • World War II Magazine

    War Letters: 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 Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. A major reason for his...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- February 2013

    Allies Buried Misgivings Over Katyn Killings, Papers Reveal The United States and Britain correctly suspected that the Soviet Union executed 22,000 Polish prisoners, many of them officers, in Katyn Forest, in April and May 1940—but kept...

  • World War II Magazine

    Their Darkest Hour: A Handle on How FDR Handled People

    FRANKLIN DELANO Roosevelt wrote no memoir, kept no diary, confided in no one. Though celebrated as one of the greatest American presidents, FDR remains an elusive figure. Which is why I so valued the opportunity some years ago to interview...

  • World War II Magazine

    What If Stalin Had Signed an Alliance with the West

    THE AUGUST 23, 1939, signing of a nonaggression pact between the Soviet Union and Germany came as a thunderclap. The Nazi regime had been so vociferously hostile to communism that rapprochement between the nations and their ideologies...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Those Angry Days

    Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939–1941 By Lynne Olson. 576 pp. Random House, 2013. $30.  Now that World War II has been enshrined as The Good War fought by The Greatest Generation,...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today: June 2013

    Midway Discovery Raises Profile of Late, Mostly Unlamented Fighter Few mourned the fate of the Brewster Buffalo in mid-1942, when the Grumman Wildcat replaced the stubby prewar aircraft, least of all pilots who had had to fly the Buffalo...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Secret Sharer: Tyler Kent

    What Tyler Kent did for love of one country rocked another. At 11:15 Monday morning, May 20, 1940, on Gloucester Place near the heart of London, a police driver parked a crowded sedan. Out stepped a man from Special Branch and two from...

  • World War II Magazine

    What If: Britain and France Had Not Appeased Hitler in 1938?

    IT IS October 1918. The multi-ethnic Austro-Hungarian Empire, riven by the First World War, is crumbling. A group of Czechoslovak nationalists proclaims independence from Austria-Hungary and establishes a new entity, the Republic of...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: The Making of a Nazi Hero

    The Making of a Nazi Hero: The Murder and Myth of Horst Wessel By Daniel Siemens. 20 pp. I. B. Tauris, 2013. $20. Horst Wessel was a rank- and-file storm trooper, an SA Brown Shirt, whose murder in 1930 made him a propaganda icon as the...

  • HistoryNet

    Operation Enduring Freedom and Post-U.S. Afghanistan

    It is past time to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans. The present government of the Islamic Repubic of Afghanistan exhibits the same deficiencies that characterized Afghan leadership for more than a thousand years—it is fragmented,...

  • HistoryNet

    Crisis Watch: USA Falls to Second Place!

    We’re just not Enemy Number One for al Qaeda and its franchises anymore. Oh, Sunni jihadis still seek opportunities, great or small, to strike Americans, but we’ve clearly lost ground in the Great Satan Sweepstakes. The anti-American...

  • HistoryNet, Interviews

    Ten Questions: General Paul X. “P.X.” Kelley

    ACG interviews the former commandant of the Marine Corps. Retired General Paul Xavier “P.X.” Kelley spent a lifetime serving in the military, rising through the ranks to attain the highest level in the Marine Corps. He was a...

  • Ask Mr. History

    What Happened to Marie Hill?

    Hello Mr. History, Recently I read Angela Y. Davis’ book “If They Come in the Morning.” In one chapter she outlines the cases of many Americans who were jailed because of their political opinions or their race. One of the...

  • HistoryNet

    Blood on the Border: The U.S.-Mexican War

    The U.S.-Mexican War erupted along the Rio Grande River over the disputed Trans-Nueces region. Grande River. The Mexican government insisted that the actual border was the Rio Nueces, 200 miles to the north. The intervening Trans-Nueces...

  • HistoryNet

    Crisis Watch: Dangerous Divide

    America’s leaders don’t understand our military. Early last summer, we, the people, received a mortifying example of the widening gulf between the way our nation’s leaders view the world and the outlook of those in uniform. When our...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Book Review: No End Save Victory

    No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation Into War By David Kaiser. 416 pages. Basic Books, 2014. $27.99 In this extraordinary book David Kaiser, professor emeritus of strategy at the Naval War College, traces President Franklin...