| May 24, 2014
| 4:34 AM
In some ways, Israel Putnam defied the image of a classic American hero.
Stout, if not fat, he was unreserved, a man of many words who reveled in racy ballads and rum-fueled stories. He was also a farmer from Connecticut, a state with few pedestals in...
| May 5, 2014
| 3:05 AM
Jesse Leavenworth here to tell you about Jesse Leavenworth.
I write of my Revolutionary namesake with pride, but must admit some truth in the old saying about looking back far enough and finding a horse thief.
Old Jess and I share ancestors who came...
| Nov 8, 2013
When it comes to the business of war and national defense, no part of the United States has a longer or deeper record than Hampton Roads.
Even before Washington’s victory at Yorktown ensured the independence of a country that has fought in more...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:35 AM
The Kill List
By Frederick Forsyth, Putnam, 352 pages, $27.95
Frederick Forsyth — who as a writer of thrillers is certainly an old warhorse — creates a protagonist who steps forward to take on a heroic task in the war on terror. He's a...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 7:26 PM
The plan was a good one. I would drive out to Plymouth and hike a place called Peat Swamp Woods and explore the ruins of an old carriage factory.
Then I discovered Plymouth's historic Main Street, so I took a few detours into the past before heading into...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 5:46 AM
On Veterans Day, we honor those who have so honored us with their service and sacrifice to keep America strong and free.
Hundreds of retailers and restaurants also salute the military, offering discounts to veterans, active duty and retired U.S....
| Oct 16, 2012
| 4:54 PM
QUEBEC CITY — It probably shouldn't come as any surprise that a town that's been around more than 400 years would claim beaucoup historical bragging rights.
"That's the Ursuline Convent," says our guide, Sharon Frenette. "It's the oldest girls...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 5:27 AM
MILL RUN, Pa. - Masterpiece. Art. Perfection. Many fancy words and rapturous phrases have described Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house.
It's all true. But what is also true is that I kept thinking, wow, this house is not childproof. A...
| Dec 14, 2012
I'm still swamped, so my list today is somewhat truncated. I figured I'd let you guys do the work. My question is: Who are the best duos in historical fiction? I read a lot of the stuff, so I'll offer......