U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the military at Joint Andrews Air Force base, Maryland on September 15.     MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

The Donald Trump-Kaiser Wilhelm Parallels Are Getting Scary

Both men were insecure and undisciplined — and in charge of governments in thrall to the military.

VIETNAM WAR- 25TH ANNIVERSARY:  D.R. Howe treats the wounds of Private First Class D.A. Crum, "H" Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, During Operation Hue City in Vietnam 06 February, 1968 AFP PHOTO/NATIONAL ARCHIVES (Photo credit should read NATIONAL ARCHIVES/AFP/Getty Images)

Burns and Novick’s ‘Vietnam’ 6: Macabre, mostly

The sixth episode of the series shows us where the war's bloody unwinding began.

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Great Powers Are Defined by Their Great Wars

Even the most rational leaders are influenced by the power of collective memory.

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Edgar on Strategy (II): An anti-strategist’s view

What Tolstoy can teach us about the traps of self assurance.

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Vietnam: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick take a long look at the war that took our sunshine away

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's new Vietnam War documentary is an opportunity to reexamine the noble intentions behind America's poorly executed war effort.


The Bolshevik Revolution Is a Chinese Tourist Trap

China is excited by the 100th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin's rise to power — and Russians are excited to take its money.


What I intended to do in Fury: The film’s writer and director responds to CSM Rush

It seems that, because of Fury, I will forever be known by some parties as the filmmaker who failed to do his homework.


The Secret History of Diplomats and Invisible Weapons

The alleged use of a “sound weapon” against U.S. Embassy officials in Cuba harks back to a Cold War medical mystery.

on November 17, 2011 in Naples, Italy. Naples is famed for it's narrows streets, pizza and Unesco protected buildings and Mount Vesuvius.

Meet the Squatters of Mount Vesuvius

Some 700,000 people are living illegally on the slopes of Italy's most famous active volcano, and nobody has any idea what to do with them.

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