History

History

Hard Choices in Living History

A few weeks ago, my dad and I saw Kenneth J. Serfass perform as Ulysses S. Grant. At one point, an audience member asked “Grant” for his opinion of another Union Civil War general. Serfass/Grant replied that he never let his personal opinions interfere with his military decision-making. On the […]

History

Bernard Lewis

“A book by Lewis was translated into Hebrew and published by the Israeli defense ministry. The same book was translated into Arabic and published by the Muslim Brotherhood (unauthorized). “In his preface to the Arabic version, the translator said, ‘I don’t know who this author is, but one thing about […]

History, Psychology

Do Me a Favor and Read This Post

Once upon a time, Jesse Grant and Thomas Hamer were good friends. They had a lot in common. Both were self-made men who had risen from poverty. Both had come to the Ohio frontier to seek their fortune, and both had found it–Grant as a businessman and Hamer as a […]

History

The Facebook Effect in the 19th Century

The American Civil War has its share of unkillable myths. Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball. The Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the United States. Civil War surgeons did not regularly hack off limbs without administering anesthesia. Of course, people didn’t just invent these stories out of thin […]