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How Sears Saved Christmas from the Soviets

by Philip Jett It was November 30, 1955, and the Cold War was raging. The U.S. had stockpiled 2,422 atomic bombs while the Soviets had only about 200, though more than ample to annihilate the United States. With the Soviet

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Posted in Contemporary History

How Operation Torch’s Flame Was Set Alight

by Michael E. Haskew Operation Torch, a highly complex endeavor scheduled for November 8, 1942, involved Allied forces on land, sea, and air.

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Posted in Military History

After Yeltsin: A Historic Change in Russian Attitudes toward Americans

By Lisa Dickey The first time I traveled across Russia, in the fall of 1995, most people I met seemed to love Americans. The Soviet Union had collapsed four years earlier, leading to an abrupt thaw in the Cold War.

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Posted in Contemporary History

Guy Burgess: The Life of a Cold War Double Agent

Guy Burgess

by Andrew Lownie When Harold Macmillan, now the Prime Minister, visited the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in February 1959, Guy Burgess told Harold Nicolson that he was ‘able to give advice at a suitable level’ and remembered how he had

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Posted in Modern History

A Lucky Honor: On Publishing Georg Rauch’s Unlikely Warrior

Unlikely Warrior

by Wesley Adams What a privilege to have had the chance to acquire and edit the new Farrar Straus Giroux edition of Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army, Georg Rauch’s memoir of his harrowing experience as a part-Jewish

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Posted in Military History

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