Trump’s Pox Americana

The new president has sounded an unprecedented retreat for the United States from its role as a world leader.

Observation Deck

Reading in the Dark

In the age of Trump, literature can sustain those searching for the courage to resist the politics of division.

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Wait a minute, it wasn’t ‘Time’ magazine that invented the term ‘blitzkrieg’?

I’d been taught that “blitzkrieg” was a pseudo-German term invented by the Anglo-American press to describe the emerging Nazi way of war.


How a Meeting with the Dalai Lama Lost This Holocaust Survivor a Czech State Award

His nephew, a government minister, says the award was rescinded after a meeting with the Dalai Lama.


Once Upon a Time, Another Tycoon Stole the GOP

But unlike Donald Trump, Wendell Willkie was a powerful proponent of internationalism and America’s role as a global steward.

Best Defense

A World War II Marine looks back and wonders: Where’s the America of sharing?

Best Defense is in summer reruns. Here is an item that originally ran on February 12, 2016.

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Who pays for war

Here are the thoughts of Larry Kirby, a World War II Marine.

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Dipping into Gen. Marshall’s final papers: A decent man, not always treated decently

The mailboat the other day brought Volume 7 of the papers of Gen. George C. Marshall.

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