| Dec 22, 2013
| 7:56 PM
WASHINGTON — Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing is poised to receive the Medal of Honor a bit late: 150 years after his heroics at Gettysburg.
Buried deep in a thick defense bill to fund modern-day weapons systems and military operations in Afghanistan is a...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 6:09 PM
When Eli Wallach strolled down the mean streets of Manhattan, the tune followed him everywhere.
People saw him coming and they started whistling the ominous opening bars of Ennio Morricone’s theme to “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 4:05 AM
To the editor: I was impressed by Jay Winter's comment that "the violence practiced on African and Asian colonies came home to roost." White Europeans were fighting one another in World War I with the brutal weaponry available at the time. ("Historian Jay...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad agents knew they had a serious problem brewing when a sizable Confederate force appeared unexpectedly near Frederick, Md., in early July 1864, during the American Civil War.
These rebels could reap serious havoc in Maryland,...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 6:51 PM
If you look closely at pictures of the Titanic, you can see the word "Liverpool" on the ship's stern, just below "Titanic." Unlike the White Star Line behemoth, the city of Liverpool never sank, but it did seem to founder. It was heavily bombed during...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Strenuous spoiler avoidance has been maintained in most stories about "The Signal" since its premiere to ecstatic praise at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Even descriptions of the movie's genre and tone are less than straightforward.
| Mar 19, 2012
| 7:41 AM
SHILOH NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, Tenn. — "The battle of Shiloh, or Pittsburg Landing, fought on Sunday and Monday, the 6th and 7th of April, 1862," wrote Union Major Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, "has been perhaps less understood, or, to state the case...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 4:02 AM
Back in 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his now famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington, the National Mall overflowed with people who'd traveled from near and far seeking equality for all Americans.
Almost a half-...
| Jun 25, 2012
| 6:08 AM
RICHMOND, Va. - Strolling above Beaver Dam Creek, you hardly take note of the languid tributary water that drifts peacefully from the nearby Chickahominy River.
Red cutgrass, trumpet weeds and a host of other herbaceous species grow freely on bordering...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 2:58 PM
As 2011 comes to a close, we take a minute to reflect on the year's best in the world of publishing. Here is the list of our favorites, all published this year:
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
This gorgeous novel portrays the whirlwind...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 4:45 PM
At the end of this year, we stop to recognize the wonderful work put out by authors living in or originally from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Here is the list of our favorite titles from 2011:
"The Year We Left Home" by Jean Thompson