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political history

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: A World at Total War

    A World at Total War: Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-1945 Edited by Roger Chickering, Stig Förster and Bernd Greiner; Cambridge University Press, 2005, $70. This collection of articles is the latest in a series....

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Visions of Victory

    Visions of Victory: The Hopes of Eight World War II Leaders by Gerhard L. Weinberg; Cambridge University Press, 2005, $25. The best word to describe Gerhard Weinberg’s writing is “unapologetic.” More than any other author around,...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Letter from the Editor- May 2006

    Living in the shadow of the Bunker Hill Monument, it is pretty hard to avoid an interest in the American Revolution. At one point in a program I recently watched, the narrator read a letter from Abigail Adams in which she admonished her...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: In Command of History

    In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War by David Reynolds; Random House, New York, 2005, $35. He was a giant of a man, a larger-than-life figure with an insatiable appetite for fine cognac (although...

  • World War II Magazine

    Architect of Victory

    Dubbed by Harry S. Truman as the “Greatest of the greats of our time,” General George C. Marshall remains in the shadow of his more colorful subordinates. The baritone hum of the four engines invaded the plush cabin of the Douglas C-54...

  • World War II Magazine

    Admiral Leahy: U.S. Ambassador to Vichy

    When Admiral William Daniel Leahy retired as U.S. chief of naval operations in August 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt awarded him the Distinguished Service Medal. “Bill,” the president said as he pinned the medal on the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Any Measure Which May Best Subdue The Enemy

    During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln assumed numerous presidential powers not specified in the U.S. Constitution. On the Fourth of July 1864, Senator Zachariah Chandler of Michigan hovered anxiously near Abraham Lincoln as the president...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Warrior Mao

    Experience gained fighting the Japanese and Chiang Kai-shek helped a dynamic military leader take on the United States twice, to victory and a draw. When Mao Tse-tung came to the attention of the West, it was as the political leader of a...

  • World War II Magazine

    Book Review: Glory in Their Spirit By Sandra M. Bolzenius

    In "Glory in Their Spirit," author Sandra M. Bolzenius uncovers the tensions surrounding the military regarding race and sex during World War II. ...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    The CIA’s Costly Mistake

    In November 1967, Joe Hovey tried to warn the Johnson administration about the Tet Offensive—but his CIA superiors said he was crying wolf. Unlike great statesmen, military leaders, diplomats or openly declared swashbuckling intelligence...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: The Remains of War

    The Remains of War: Bodies, Politics, and the Search for American Soldiers Unaccounted For in Southeast Asia by Thomas Hawley. Duke University Press, Durham, N.C., 2005, softcover $22.95. This work makes a unique addition to the Politics,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Was Vietnam the most successful war ever fought by the United States?

    In May 1970, when I was 14 years old, my family returned to the United States from Clark Air Base in the Philippines. My father, Joseph Kingston, had just completed a 22-month tour in Vietnam. The U.S. military had recently handed a...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Cold War Mandarin

    Cold War Mandarin: Ngo Dinh Diem and the Origins of America’s War in Vietnam, 1950-1963 by Seth Jacobs. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, Md., 2006, softcover $19.95. Mandarin: a member of any elite group, sometimes one who is...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    A Hawk Among Hawks

    Walt Rostow advised JFK to consider waging nuclear war in Southeast Asia. “There ’s nothing like brains. You can’t beat brains.” So said President John F. Kennedy, whose administration was shaped by the faith he placed in...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    No Tea Party: The British-American Strain Over Vietnam

    For most of the 20thand—thus far—the 21st centuries, the American and British governments have stood firmly shoulder-to-shoulder on most global issues and as allies and supporters during times of war and conflict. However, the vaunted...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Ho Chi Minh- A Biography

    Ho Chi Minh: A Biography by Pierre Brocheux. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2007, hardcover $35. Pierre Brocheux’s interpretive overview of Ho Chi Minh’s career utilizes newly available French archives and expanded Vietnamese...