| Aug 3, 2012
Pictures in the News from around the world....
| May 7, 2013
Five-year-old Arden Hayes loves Legos. And presidents. He's been reading up on history and can name the chief executives in order and tell you a little — OK, a lot — about them. When he found out that he shared a birthday with FDR, he...
| Dec 19, 2008
Politics of distraction
Re “Obama clears himself and staff,” Dec. 16
The election is over and everybody knows that President-elect Barack Obama is working very hard to address a number of serious problems.
It's nothing short of outrageous,...
| Feb 23, 2011
Contemporary history is seldom as relevant and engaging as Douglas Waller's new biography, "Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage," which is — by turns — fascinatingly instructive and thoroughly...
| May 8, 2011
The Forgotten Founding Father
Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture
Putnam: 355 pp., $26.95
Reading Joshua Kendall's smart new biography of the pioneering lexicographer Noah Webster Jr. (1758-1843) brings to...
| Mar 25, 2008
This could make for one odd family reunion: Barack Obama is a distant cousin of actor Brad Pitt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is related to Pitt's girlfriend, Angelina Jolie.
Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society found some...
| May 21, 2011
Time somehow moves more slowly in Key West.
It all starts with the final approach.
Heading south from the congested traffic and urban sprawl of Miami, the speed limit is a leisurely 45 mph on U.S. Highway 1 from Florida City, where mainland Florida...
| Apr 16, 2009
Pirates on the loose, North Koreans in pursuit of nukes, Depression-era economics and, on top of that, tax day. No wonder we're all gaga over the first puppy. He's the cutest news out there. So curly, feisty cute -- in fact, we'll forgive him his...
| Apr 20, 2009
President Obama holds my admiration with high hopes for his message of change in Washington. It is puzzling, however, that he has adopted most of the previous administration's formula for dragging out the withdrawal of our troops from the mistaken war...
| Jan 20, 2010
Garry Wills is a formidable Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, one of America's leading public intellectuals and, over the last 50 years, our most important lay Catholic thinker and writer.
In his 28th book, "Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the...
| Jun 25, 2009
NEW YORK -- Overheard on the Chelsea Hotel stairway one recent Sunday:
Question: "Is Rita still here?"
Reply: "Rita's dead." A pause between footsteps. "Rita was a sweetheart."
Only in this hotel could such an exchange take place as calmly as if two...