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USS Samuel B. Roberts: Bravery and Sacrifice

USS Samuel B. Roberts

by John Wukovits Chapter 1: “YOU ARE NOW A MEMBER OF A GREAT FIGHTING TEAM” The USS Samuel B. Roberts Rarely has a hotel hospitality room held such a collection of unassuming sea warriors as the one that gathered in

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Posted in Military History

5 Little-Known Facts about the History of California Wine

by Frances Dinkelspiel 1) The Franciscan Fathers of Baja California The Franciscan fathers were the first to plant grapes for  California wine. Father Junipero Serra wrote to his bosses in Baja California in the late 18th century and asked that they

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Posted in Modern History

Infamy by Richard Reeves: A Q&A With The Author

Infamy

The History Reader – Infamy by Richard Reeves 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

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

The Grateful Dead in the Age of Reagan

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by Peter Richardson Much to my surprise, one of the key characters in my cultural history of the Grateful Dead turned out to be Ronald Reagan. Both as California governor and as president, Reagan was an ideal foil for the

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Posted in Contemporary History
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