The American Civil War from the vantage point of London.Oct 17, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 05 • By JONATHAN LEAF
Mark Twain once said that it was more interesting to talk to Civil War veterans about battles than to chat with poets about the moon as the versifiers had not ordinarily been to the moon.
South to North: Hello, I must be going.Aug 15, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 45 • By EDWIN M. YODER JR.
Visual memories, especially those of boyish vintage, tend to be inexact but I am pretty confident of this one: Joseph Grégoire de Roulhac Hamilton was a short, gnomish, balding figure, longtime chairman of the history department at the University of North Carolina, and founder of the great Southern Historical Collection there. And more to the present point, a valued friend and mentor to my father and his older brother, who had studied under him in the 1920s.
3:55 PM, Aug 3, 2011 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
With the debt ceiling thing done, the scribes are now straining for the illuminating metaphor and “terrorism,” it seems, is the preferred choice. One New York Times columnist writes that “the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people,” and you had to wonder if he would have accused even Osama bin Laden of that. Another Times columnist describes the Tea Party as “the Hezbollah faction” of the Republican Party. Maureen Dowd, the Times’s diva columnist went with a different, idiosyncratic metaphor. The whole thing, she writes, was like a horror movie, a “gory, Gothic melodrama on the Potomac … without the catharsis.”
8:41 AM, Jun 29, 2011 • By EMILY SCHULTHEIS
Check out Jonathan D. Horn's review of Lincoln on War, Harold Holzer's latest addition to the more than 16,000 books about our sixteenth president. The book focuses on Lincoln's thoughts and speeches about war, and Holzer has pieced together a narrative that allows the reader to follow the president's thought process as he leads the nation through the most difficult period of its brief history:
10:30 AM, Jun 9, 2011 • By AMY A. KASS and LEON R. KASS
It’s the year for revisiting the Civil War, and also, alas, for “revisioning”—according to current sensibilities—how the war should be remembered. A recent casualty of the blogosphere skirmishes is the famous letter from Union major Sullivan Ballou to his wife Sarah, written a week before his death in the first battle of Bull Run. (The full text of the letter is available here.)
12:25 PM, Jun 3, 2011 • By KATHERINE ZIMMERMAN
Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh survived a rocket attack on the presidential palace in Sana’a today, and he is reportedly planning to address the country sometime soon. This latest episode is more evidence that the country where the most active al Qaeda franchise has found sanctuary is sliding toward civil war.
Book recommendations from the staff of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.2:30 PM, May 28, 2011 • By ANDREW FERGUSON, MATT LABASH and PHILIP TERZIAN
As with Christmas form letters and amateur poetry, I don’t take kindly to friends sticking books in my hand that lie outside my areas of interest, then insisting that I must read them. When one recently did just that with Born to Run, it was nearly cause for excommunication. Sure, I subscribe to the notion that this town rips the bones from your back, it’s a death trap, it’s a suicide wrap, we gotta get out while we’re young. But I’ve never entirely trusted Springsteen.
Cause and effect in the Civil War.Jun 6, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 36 • By EDWIN M. YODER JR.
The Union War
by Gary W. Gallagher
Harvard, 256 pp., $27.95
Claiming the legacy of the first Republican president.May 23, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 34 • By JOHN B. KIENKER
Progressivism, Equality, and the Battle for Lincoln’s Legacy in Presidential Rhetoric
Two new books offer something more on the war that haunts America.10:00 AM, Apr 30, 2011 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
Robert E. Lee's Triumph 1862-1863
by Jeffrey D. Wert
Simon & Schuster, 400pp., $30
12:40 PM, Apr 19, 2011 • By LAUREN WEINER
The first men to die in the American Civil War fell on this day, 150 years ago, on Pratt Street in Baltimore. Troops en route to Washington were confronted downtown by rioters, and the fighting cost four federal soldiers and 12 civilians their lives.
The Civil War, unfolded in real time.6:27 PM, Jan 17, 2011 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
The Civil War
The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It
Edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, and Aaron Sheehan-Dean
A fair assessment of the complicated Franklin Pierce.5:55 PM, Nov 17, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
It’s a minor tragedy of the historical profession that Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.’s instincts as a partisan ultimately trumped his gifts as a scholar. The son of a distinguished historian, he published a much-admired monograph on Andrew Jackson, and had begun a multi-volume history of the New Deal when politics (and fascination with the Kennedy clan) sucked him into a celebrity-driven world for which he was congenitally unsuited, at the expense of a burgeoning academic reputation.
How the Bluegrass State was (re)born.12:25 PM, Oct 28, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
Among those regions of the country that are culturally self-conscious--northern New England, Southern California, Appalachia--the South has been especially occupied, during the past two centuries, in defining what constitutes its distinctive character.