Week of December 10, 2012
America's Proud Individualism Helped Pull the Trigger
And it's not just guns -- our approach to mental health care remains saddeningly in the nineteenth century.
The deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut will restart a debate on gun control. Here's what historians have to say.
We asked our readers what, in their opinion, is the best history book of 2012. Over fifty books were nominated. Five books made the shortlist. One book won.
The Historical Dimension of the Spy Thriller
Why World War II remains the pre-eminent setting for historical fiction ... and espionage.
Pictured at left: Abraham Lincoln. The real one. But Daniel Day-Lewis is pretty convincing.
Reviewing the parts of books I've read so far.
What Killed the Talking Filibuster?
Massive abuse of senatorial holds is (partly) to blame.
How Historically Accurate is "Lincoln"?
News at Home
How to Solve the "Fiscal Cliff" Problem Responsibly
Implement Tom Coburn's "Back in Black" recommendations.
Will Puerto Rico Become the 51st State?
Not likely, as long as the Republicans still control the House.
Because of asinine resolutions like 1975's "Zionism = racism," which Daniel Patrick Moynihan argued so forcefully against.
Historians & History
What Was Healthcare Like in the 1800s?
In America, it was marked by an astounding resistance to science and professionalism.
It's astonishing how much students don't know about Lincoln and emancipation.
The Argument for Public Support of the Liberal Arts
The 1862 Morrill Act honored the liberal arts as well as technical education.
Another Christmas Season, Another Production of A Christmas Carol
Review of Edward Wilson’s The Midnight Swimmer
A spy novel which makes a worthy companion to the best of John le Carré.