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F. Scott Fitzgerald in His Uniform, 1917

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 06.23.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

How did Fitzgerald look, in his officer's uniform? Here he is. In this front-page Prince photograph of the officer trainees, Fitzgerald stands front and center, in the middle of the third row back, white-blond hair gleaming.

The Boss Steps Aside

Tara Fass | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts
Tara Fass

"The Boss" in this case is not Bruce Springsteen. It's the household nickname for the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the fathers of the Impressionist Movement.

It's Not Too Late for a War Tax

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

For 10 years, the United States has been fighting very real and very expensive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But we have never levied a dime in special taxes to pay for either of these conflicts, let alone the also-expensive war at home (in the form of homeland security).

War Costs Have Longer Effect Than Previously Thought

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. — If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service m...

Unexploded WWI Shell Found At Nuclear Power Plant

AP | Posted 02.28.2013 | World

BRUSSELS -- A Belgian utility says an unexploded World War I shell was found on the grounds of a nuclear power plant but was safely removed by militar...


Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Joseph Blady, M.D.

One could preach and bore audiences to death about these and other reasons that make us seem incapable not killing each other, but one statistic should be enough to certify that we are failing to follow our most sacred rule -- to love our neighbors.

'Pawn Stars': WWI American Flag With Powerful Backstory

Posted 11.13.2012 | TV

On "Pawn Stars," a woman brought in an American flag from World War I that had an amazing backstory. According to the woman, her grandfather had cut t...

It's Veterans Day

Michael Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Michael Jones

Our recent wars are more personal. Squads fighting against squads. The very specific violence of an IED. They may have read the poem below, stark and dispiriting, and went anyway. Today we should remember and honor them all.

This Veterans Day, Beware the Dangers of Robot War

William Astore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Astore

Technology is both overhyped and misunderstood in America, and that applies particularly to our enormous investment in military technology. This Veterans Day, we need to turn away from the false promise of robot weaponry.

Andrea Stone

WWI Memorial Advocates Surrender To Local Opposition | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.11.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Advocates of a controversial plan to nationalize a monument to District of Columbia troops who died in World War I have surrendered to ...

August 1912

Neil McCarthy | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

One hundred years from now, a new crop of historians will have spent their careers puzzling over the mindlessness of a governing class that ignored reality and assumed the worst could never happen.

Open Letter to the First Lady of the United States

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.15.2012 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Ms. Bea Cohen, California's oldest living female veteran and indeed a national treasure.

'Pin-up Girls' for a Cause

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

This septuagenarian still appreciates "pin-ups," but most importantly, I appreciate organizations dedicated to improve the morale and welfare of those brave troops who have sacrificed so much for all of us.

Mitt Romney and the Marketplace of Ideas

Heath Brown | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Heath Brown

The future vitality of the U.S. democratic system of government and quality of our public policies should be based on broadening the array of ideas presidential candidates from both parties and the public can evaluate, debate, and ultimately base their political decisions.

Escaping the Historical Parallels of European Economic Chaos

Peter Fox-Penner, PhD | Posted 05.22.2012 | World
Peter Fox-Penner, PhD

Is no one else haunted by the thought that European economic history may be reflecting itself in the mirror?

Hitler WWI Postcard Unearthed

Posted 05.31.2012 | World

Unearthed as part of a European history project, a postcard sent during World War I by a wounded Adolf Hitler has brought attention to the earlier yea...

'You Can't Hang Us All': Best Trash Talk In War History | Posted 04.20.2012 | Weird News

Some one-liners uttered by historical figures during the heat of battle are so awesome that they seem right out of a bombastic Hollywood war movie. ...

Andrea Stone

Daughter Of Last WWI Veteran In Battle Over D.C. War Memorial | Andrea Stone | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Michigan filmmaker and the daughter of Frank Buckles, who was the last surviving American veteran of World War I, fired the latest sal...

Love, Sex and Marriage In The Days Of Downton Abbey

TresSugar | Posted 02.08.2012 | Women

The entire plot of the first season of PBS's standout show Downton Abbey revolves around the cultural customs and laws of heirs, women's rights, and m...

Nationalizing D.C.'s WWI Mem'l Could End In Stalemate

| Posted 02.01.2012 | DC

By Emma Dumain Roll Call Staff All Rep. Emanuel Cleaver wants is for his hometown's World War I memorial to have the status of a national monument...

War Horse: More Than A Tale of a Horse

Laura Stepp | Posted 03.27.2012 | Entertainment
Laura Stepp

This movie is not just another sentimental story about a boy and his horse. It conveys as clearly as any movie I've seen the utter horrors of war and the moments of grace that can occur between enemies.

Gray, Norton: D.C. War Memorial Nationalization A Bad Idea

The Huffington Post | Megan Arellano | Posted 01.23.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray and local veterans joined a chorus of voices against the proposed rededication of the city's loc...

Grasping for Grandpa's Ghost

Diamonte Hamlett | Posted 03.11.2012 | Books
Diamonte Hamlett

I feel eerily connected to the story of The Tiger's Wife and I'll share that reason in a moment. This richly woven story explores the complex relationship between a grandfather and granddaughter, a fascinating line of consanguinity that has gone mostly unexplored in mainstream fiction until now.

War Horse Retains the Spielberg Magic

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.04.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Stephen Spielberg works his magic one more time in a beautifully crafted movie titled War Horse. This tale of a horse and its experiences during World War I make for an emotional journey and also a rewarding one.

An 11/11 Masterpiece Cries Out for Peace

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 01.17.2012 | Books
Harvey Wasserman

In To End All Wars, author Adam Hochschild introduces us to a panoply of great humans whose desperate warnings about the insanity of armed struggle resonate powerfully through history.