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Some of It Was Fun, a Lot of It Was Horrible

I recently finished reading Nicholas Katzenbach’s book “Some of It Was Fun”, his chronicle of serving as Bobby Kennedy’s aide in the early years of the 1960s, and then as Attorney General and Undersecretary of State for President Lyndon B. Johnson throughout his administration. I was initially hesitant, thinking that this would be a dry … Continue reading Some of It Was Fun, a Lot of It Was Horrible

How Hollywood Underestimates Life After 1492

I’m about to finish “1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created” by Charles C. Mann, the 2011 bestseller that explored just how much the Columbian Exchange changed the world and how globalization began. A followup to “1491”, which portrayed the Americas prior to Columbus’s “discovery”, the book takes us through the grim and often surprising … Continue reading How Hollywood Underestimates Life After 1492

Four Best Iraq War Movies

On Hardball with Chris Matthews last Tuesday, writer Wayne Slater suggested that Republicans are finally coming to terms with the fact that the Iraq War was “mismanaged”, which was quite the understatement in Matthews’s eyes. Ten years after U.S. troops rolled into Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist, America is trying to … Continue reading Four Best Iraq War Movies

What You Can Do For Your Country: Inauguration Days On Camera

Following the very clear rules laid out in the 20th Amendment, President Barack Obama will be sworn in just before noon on Sunday, which is January 20th. However, since that is a Sunday and the nature of American politics requires a big bang to go along with it (as well as a federal holiday), this … Continue reading What You Can Do For Your Country: Inauguration Days On Camera

Lincoln in Movies: Serene, Forgiving and Freaky

The death of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 was naturally a great shock to a nation that had just survived a war that tore it apart. That, as well as a 19th century kind of sentimentality, is probably what inspired some artist in 1865 to produce the image above where George Washington greets Lincoln in … Continue reading Lincoln in Movies: Serene, Forgiving and Freaky