| Apr 2, 2011
Timothy Naftali is the kind of learned guy you'd want on your team when you play "Trivial Pursuit" -- a game that, like Naftali, originated in Canada. But for years, his home and his career have been in and about the United States -- books and studies on espionage, counter-terrorism, the Cuban missile crisis, U.S. intelligence. And now he is director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. That would be the new Nixon library, the one operated under the auspices of the National Archives. The old, private Nixon library's spin on the president, especially about the Watergate episode, prompted the feds to refuse to transfer control of tapes and documents -- until Naftali and the National Archives took over to make the library a nonpartisan scholarly and educational resource. The post he accepted five years ago requires some of the same diplomatic and historical skills he's studied, and others. The exhibit that must demonstrate all of this transparency opened this week -- the Watergate gallery, symbolized by what Naftali's holding, one of the Watergate wiretapping "bugs."
| Jun 10, 2008
by Naftali Bendavid A newly published article gives the sense that Jim Webb, the junior senator from Virginia, may have a better shot at being Barack Obama's running mate than generally thought. The piece, by Elizabeth Drew in The New...
| Jul 23, 2010
I took a drive out to Eustis last night to catch Elizabeth Drew Scholl as Mother in Ragtime, her last role with the Bay Street Players before her family relocates to Boston. Scholl, of course, has also memorably served as executive director of the...