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Founding Teenagers: How Old Were They on July 4, 1776?

Todd Andrlik | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Todd Andrlik

It's a simple question -- perhaps so basic that it's been overlooked. How old were the key participants of the American Revolution?

Major Author Headlines 50th Anniversary JFK Ceremony

AP | JAMIE STENGLE | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics

DALLAS — The city of Dallas will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy next year with a ceremony featuring...

5 Tips for Your Commencement 2.0

Mark Chimsky | Posted 01.14.2013 | Fifty
Mark Chimsky

We graduated from college with a diploma and a dream but not much certainty as to what path our lives would take or even who we'd become along the way. Most of us leapt before we looked and landed okay. So, why the dread over what I'll call "commencement 2.0"?

David McCullough: In Defense of the Typewriter -- and American Authenticity

Liz Smith | Posted 01.06.2013 | Books
Liz Smith

A charming part of this 60 Minutes outing is that Safer and McCullough are actually in Philadelphia and they visit Constitution Hall. Morley asks, "Do you ever get a funny feeling when you wander around Philly?"

Literary Treasures: The American Antiquarian Society at 200

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Nancy Rubin Stuart

At a moment when cultural trend-watchers are predicting the imminent demise of the traditional book in lieu of digitization, the American Antiquarian Society is honoring the strength of print as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Your Child Is Not Special

Liz Gumbinner | Posted 08.12.2012 | Parents
Liz Gumbinner

I want my kids to know I believe in them. But maybe I need to make extra sure that they know while they're always special to me, (and argh, it's hard to say this) they are not special.

High School Graduation Speaker To Students: 'You're Not Special'

Posted 06.07.2012 | Education

Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough may try to avoid clichés like the plague, but his unconventional message in his faculty speech...

Lincoln's Signature

Howard Kissel | Posted 04.03.2012 | Arts
Howard Kissel

How much can a piece of paper be worth? Quite a lot, if it has Abraham Lincoln's signature on it. The actual value of the over-sized sheet of paper that went on display Wednesday at the New-York Historical Society has not been disclosed.

A Historian's View Of 9/11

Al Eisele | Posted 11.11.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was in my office at The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress, when my friend David McCullough called me to say that an airplane had just crashed into the World Trade Tower in New York.

WATCH: Award-Winning Presidential Historian On What Makes An Exceptional President

Posted 09.24.2011 | Books

Fareed Zakaria talked to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough about what makes a great president. McCullough should know. The famed h...

David McCullough On 'Colbert Report': Why So Many Americans Fled To Paris

Posted 09.13.2011 | Books

Historian David McCullough, author of the new book "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris," appeared on the "Colbert Report" last night to discuss w...

Summer Reads To Transport You Back In Time

npr.org | Malinda Lo | Posted 08.03.2011 | Books

Summer, when I was a kid, meant weekend road-trips in our family Rambler to sites of historical interest. We'd pack up deviled-ham sandwiches and Coke...

Books: David McCullough's Latest Tackles Americans in Paris

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.25.2011 | Books
Michael Giltz

In his new book, David McCullough looks at the many artists, scientists, people of medicine and thinkers who made the voyage back across the Atlantic to find inspiration and knowledge in the City of Lights from roughly 1830 to the end of the century.

On Our Radar: Books Coming Soon We Thought You Should Know About

Posted 07.12.2011 | Books

Books on our radar: what's just come out or about to come out that we think you should know about. Some have buzz, some will fly too low, but we wante...

Defining Reagan's Legacy: Two Expert Views

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

I don't have anything worthwhile to add to the huge outpouring of commentary and analysis triggered by the Ronald Reagan Centennial, but I know a couple of very smart guys who do.

Listening to Bush Reading Bush

Richard Klass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard Klass

Why would a Liberal Democrat who opposed the Iraq War and most other policies of President George W. Bush read his new book, Decision Points? The ans...

Lincoln: The Great Decapitator

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

And you thought Abraham Lincoln went to war to save the Union from collapse and free the slaves. Apparently not. The Civil War was fought to save the Union from VAMPIRES.

Vanity Fair's Coverage of the White House State Dinner: A Namedropping Guide

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

The author was obviously trying to put the 2009 dinner in context with how previous years' affairs went. But he may have gotten a bit carried away in including quite so many characters, even as afterthoughts.

David McCullough: Discovering America in Paris

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Al Eisele

The 76-year-old McCullough demonstrated to a Washington audience last week the distinctive approach to defining the American spirit and character that has made him one of the nation's most prolific and successful authors.

Presidents' Day History: The Must-Reads Of Presidential Biographies (PHOTOS, POLL)

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth C. Davis

Here is a short list of some of my favorite Presidential biographies -- all what I call "must reads."

Laugh with Lincoln on his Birthday

Steve Leveen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Leveen

In one of Abraham Lincoln's debates, his opponent accused Lincoln of being two-faced. Lincoln paused and then replied, "If I had another face, do you think I'd wear this one?"

A Sure-Fire Bestseller:Lincoln's Doctor's Dog

The Huffington Post | Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Random House founder Bennett Cerf was reportedly asked how to write a best seller. The venerable editor's answer: Lincoln's Doctor's Dog. Seems Abe Li...

An Historian's Prescient View of 9/11

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Al Eisele

On the morning of Sept. 11, David McCullough called me to say that an airplane had just crashed into the World Trade Tower. Here is the story that my colleagues and I filed in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hill.

Obama's Beach Books -- and Yours

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Horowitz

The thing about beach books -- or even "beach books" -- isn't the total tonnage of the entire pile. It's the glow of the glorious possibilities.

Seeking Happiness? Try Pursuing Purpose

Anne Dunev | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dunev

It appears we contemporary Americans may have switched the interpretation of "pursuit of happiness" to "pursuit of pleasure."