Barbara Tuchman

Recently, when I was reorganizing my personal library, I noticed I had a number of books by the American writer Barbara  Wertheim Tuchman, including one I used in my last blog, The Zimmerman Telegram. Her topics ranged time wise and  geographically  from  ancient history  to the twentieth century and from the Far East to the Americas.  Like … Continue reading Barbara Tuchman

The Roosevelts II: Franklin and Eleanor

A wedding in which the President of United States gives away the bride who is not his daughter is rare.  That is what happened when Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt married in 1905.   The bride was President Theodore Roosevelt's niece and the groom his fifth cousin.  Franklin and Eleanor were fifth cousins, once removed.   … Continue reading The Roosevelts II: Franklin and Eleanor

Lincoln’s Assassination and Other Presidential Murders

By Stephen A few weeks my ago wife and I attended a matinée showing of the movie, "Lincoln".  In his film, Steven Spielberg chose to focus on Lincoln's effort to get Congress to approve the Thirteenth amendment to the Constitution outlawing slavery.  Spielberg based his movie, in part, on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book about Lincoln's relationship with … Continue reading Lincoln’s Assassination and Other Presidential Murders