| May 9, 2010
I worried, almost from the beginning of my research into the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower, that something did not quite add up with Stephen Ambrose's famous biography of the former president.
I say almost from the beginning because I had no inkling at...
| Jun 29, 2010
Robert Carlyle Byrd, the West Virginia Democrat who was often called the conscience of the Senate for his devotion to the system of constitutional checks and balances and the prerogatives of power, died early Monday. He was 92.
Byrd, who served longer...
| Aug 15, 2010
Why, of all places, is the National World War II Museum in this sultry Gulf Coast port, better known for its jazz, party beads and occasional Category 3 hurricane?
Because famed World War II historian Stephen E. Ambrose wanted it that way.
| 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...
| Dec 5, 2010
Going Home to Glory
A Memoir of Life With Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969
David Eisenhower with Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Simon and Schuster: 324 pp., $28
David Eisenhower's touching memoir of his grandfather's final years raises an uncomfortable issue...
| Dec 16, 2010
There's more than salesmanship at play in Michael Korda's selection of his engrossing new book's title, "Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia."
Korda, now 77, is one of the most successful editors of his generation and a bit of a legend...
| Sep 7, 2010
Jefferson Thomas, one of nine students who in 1957 integrated a Little Rock, Ark., high school, a turning point for the civil rights movement, has died. He was 67.
Thomas, who lived much of his adult life in Los Angeles, died Sunday of pancreatic...
| Sep 22, 2010
The United States Supreme Court likes its mystery: Cases are argued in public, briefs are available for all to read, but its real work is carried out in conferences attended by the nine justices alone. So private are those deliberations that in the rare...
| Feb 21, 2011
For Neal Taylor, fishing wasn't limited to weekends or, for that matter, water. On one of Santa Barbara's busiest streets, the seven-time national casting champion showed a friend just how it's done, lofting his line into an intersection when the light...
| Jun 28, 2011
In the high-cholesterol world of Midwestern state fairs, where dairy cows crowd 4-H barns and no food can escape the deep fryer, Norma "Duffy" Lyon was a giant.
For more than four decades, she was the queen of the butter sculpture.
Cows. Elvis. John...
| Nov 3, 2011
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The U.S. heads into the 2012 presidential contest with a large generation gap in its politics — a rarity in American elections and one that, at least for now, has boosted prospects for a Republican victory, new survey data show.