| Jan 18, 2009
We tend to lionize or demonize our presidents. It would be tough to find many Abraham Lincoln detractors -- or, for that matter, many Warren G. Harding fans. But even our greatest heroes occasionally failed, and the worst presidents could boast of some...
| Sep 5, 2008
Today's question: Give us your list of best and worst vice presidents in recent history. Previously, Lichtman and Edwards debated the proper role of the vice president, discussed how history might treat Dick Cheney and digested the current candidates'...
| Nov 3, 2008
One of the bestselling books of the 2008 election season has been "Just How Stupid Are We?" by popular historian Rick Shenkman. It presents a familiar collection of bleak results from opinion surveys documenting the many things most Americans don't know...
| Jun 15, 2008
Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent
Harvard University Press: 380 pp., $29.95
It all sounds so familiar: a foreign war, an unpopular president, high-minded vows to spread democracy abroad and...
| Jul 14, 2008
The trouble with historical fiction is that there often isn't a satisfying amount of either element. Fact constrains fantasy as the helpless past gets reduced to a pencil sketch.
"Of Equal Measure," Tanya Barfield's drama about the hypocrisy of Woodrow...
| Dec 12, 2007
Matt Yglesias is sharply skewing the facts in his Op-Ed " Beyond preemption," when he tries to link Hillary Clinton's purported willingness to bomb Iran, for which there is no evidence, to a piece that Lee Feinstein and I co-authored for Foreign Affairs...
| Jun 10, 2009
Jackson Lears is a formidable, compellingly original cultural and intellectual historian.
In "No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920," Lears skillfully delineated the role of aesthetic radicals -- notably...
| Jul 11, 2009
Tom Wilkes, a Grammy Award-winning art director and album cover designer whose work included albums for the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Neil Young and other music legends, has died. He was 69.
Wilkes, who was diagnosed with a form of amyotrophic...
| Aug 16, 2009
Ruth Ford, a onetime member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre who appeared in numerous Broadway plays and in films and television, has died. She was 98.
Ford died Wednesday of age-related complications at her home in New York City, said her lawyer,...
| Mar 16, 2009
Ron Silver, the Tony Award-winning actor who amassed an impressive list of roles based on real-life figures in movies including "Reversal of Fortune" and "Ali," died Sunday. He was 62.
Silver, a longtime liberal political activist who became an outspoken...
| Mar 22, 2009
A Tolerable Anarchy
Rebels, Reactionaries, and
the Making of America's Freedom
Alfred A. Knopf: 294 pp., $23.95
The Myth of American
Yale University Press: 222 pp., $26
In his 2003 book "Being...