Celebrating Black History Month 2015


by The History Reader

Black History Month is an annual event for celebrating the central role of African Americans in the U.S., as well as other countries, including Canada and the U.K. Originally instituted in 1976 as “Negro History Week,” every U.S. President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. This year, we would like to participate by celebrating some of our most prominent titles authored by and written about African Americans. Read more ›

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Operation Chowhound: As Historically Important as D-Day

The allied air drop of supplies over Holland during Operation Chowhound. Image is in the public domain via www.warbirdinformationexchange.org

Seventy years ago, in February, 1945, 3.5 million Dutch civilians in German-occupied Holland, in cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, were facing starvation after the Nazis had cut food and power, creating Holland’s ‘Hunger Winter’ of 1944-45. This was the setting for the USAAF’s most risky, most glorious, yet most unsung bomber operation of WWII, relying on the Nazis not firing on hundreds of B-17s flying food drops at just 300 feet.

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Behind the Cuban Missile Crisis

Herald Tribune 10-29-1962

by Patrick Sloyan

One of my goals in writing The Politics of Deception: JFK’S Secret Decisions on Vietnam, Cuba and Civil Rights, is to rehabilitate Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev. History recalls Khrushchev as a dangerous buffoon who underestimated President John F. Kennedy in 1962 and was sent reeling in the international arena when he was forced to withdraw nuclear-tipped Soviet rockets from Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Time to forget that image of the untutored oaf pounding his shoe on the Soviet delegation desk during a debate at the United Nations. Think of the Cold War Russian leader at the chess table and thinking eight moves ahead of Kennedy. Read more ›

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Kristin Hannah: A Look at Women in War

The Nightingale

The History Reader

In her newest novel The Nightingale, Historical Fiction novelist and New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah offers a look at the heroism and personal sacrifice that women make during wartime. Read more ›

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Obama and FDR: A Faulty Comparison

Time_Obama New Deal

by Aaron David Miller

With only 43 different presidents, (44 to account for Grover Cleveland’s two non-consecutive terms), there’s a natural tendency to compare and contrast our chief executives. The presidential rating game is alternately fun, silly and even potentially rewarding and educational.
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