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The Global Reserve Currency: Despite Problems The Dollar Still Rules

Detroit's car makers quickly switch back from  tanks to automobiles as did many other industries at the end of WWII. This image is in the public domain via Tropics of Meta

By Milton Ezrati The dollar is back. After no end of death sentences issued over the years, the greenback today still stands as the world’s premier currency for trade and finance, what economists and bankers call “the global reserve currency.”

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

100 Years of Orson Welles

Orson Welles

AFI president George Stevens Jr., uttered the following words when he introduced Orson Welles on the February 1975 evening that the great director received the AFI’s 3rd Life Achievement Award. “A Great man never reminds us of others,” Stevens said.

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Grammar Versus Slang: An American Tradition

Davy Crockett at the fall of the Alamo

by Rosemarie Ostler It only takes a quick surf around the internet to see that Americans are fascinated by their own language use. Countless blogs offer grammar and usage advice, or simply complain about the falling off of standards. At

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Infamy: A Q&A With Author Richard Reeves


The History Reader Infamy is the latest work by bestselling author Richard Reeves. It begins in the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an event that inflamed the nation and drew the United States into the Second World War.

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Remembering the Stories of the Holocaust

by The History Reader This year, during the 70th anniversary marking the end of the Holocaust and the beginning of Yom HaShoah—Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day—we remember the stories that shed light on one of the darkest periods in contemporary history.

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

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