Week of October 15, 2012
The Cuban Missile Crisis at Fifty
Noam Chomsky and the Cuban Missile Crisis
He gets Kennedy and the ExComm tapes very, very wrong.
Washington Looks Back at the Cuban Missile Crisis
Part 1 of an ongoing blog series on D.C.-area Cuban Missile Crisis events
The Week the World Stood Still
The Cuban Missile Crisis and the ownership of the world.
RFK was far from a dove during the Crisis -- he consistently advocated for invading Cuba.
The Cuban Missile Crisis: The View from Okinawa
Six months earlier, the U.S. secretly brought near-identical missiles to the ones on Cuba to another small island -- Okinawa.
The best of commentary from historians, political scientists, journalists, diplomats, and politicians from around the web.
Historian's Take: The Second Presidential Debate
Obama Did More than Simply Win the Debate
He came across as a powerful president who is genuinely with expanding the middle class.
This was a classic pseudo-event, a media-generated moment that fit into the narrative many reporters were looking to right.
Obama and Romney Have Fundamentally Different Visions
My Fantasy Questions for Obama and Romney
Town-hall questions are general short-sighted and ill-informed -- here's what should have been asked of the candidates.
"Was It a Good Show?"
Above all, the debates are TV entertainment, and on that basis, both candidates won.
Romney's Lost Libya Opportunity
The president's vulnerable on the Libya attacks, but Romney found a way to make it a negative for himself.
Obama Was Hurt on Libya
And that matters more than who "won" the debate.
Fact-Checking the Candidates: A Sacred Ritual in the Theater State
Even the wonky fact-checkers emphasize performance over substance.
Individuals and Collectives
Paul Ryan's Randian nightmare.
The New “New Normal”: Saving Ourselves From the Cliff
When did government leaders decide to completely abdicate responsibility for our common interest?
News at Home
Historian Ian Reifowitz on the president's concept of "one American family."
Mormons and African Americans Have Criss-Crossed Political Identities
Return of the Paranoid Style
The spirit of Joe McCarthy is alive and well in Jack Welch's job numbers paranoia.
George Washington faced an intense partisan divide.
The Vietnam War as You've Never Seen It ... From Hanoi
Lien-Hang Nguyen discusses her new book, Hanoi's War: An International History of the War in Vietnam
Historians & History
A Historian Taught by History
Eugene D. Genovese, R.I.P.
The Irish Troubles Still Troubling Thirty Years Later
Brian Friel's Freedom of the City gets the revival treatment at the Irish Repertory Theater.
The N-YHS Takes a Look at the Big Apple in World War II
The city that never sleeps slept little during that particular dust-up.
Louis Masur successfully makes the story of the Emancipation Proclamation the story of the Civil War itself.
Review of Shawn Francis Peters's The Catonsville Nine
The Catonsville Nine, a group of anti-war Catholic priests, turned the protests against Vietnam from radical to mainstream.