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Live Blog: The Vietnam War – Episode 5, This is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)

“The Vietnamese didn’t care whether you were from Roxbury (black) or South Boston (Catholic). They saw you as American, and they wanted to kill you because you were American.” – Roger Harris It is a tragedy that we often require … Continue reading

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Live Blog: The Vietnam War – Episode 4, Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)

“If you can’t count what’s important, you make what you can count important.” – Army Adviser James Willbanks. In episode 4 of The Vietnam War, Burns and Novick¬†remove any doubt of how large a commitment this war would be for … Continue reading

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Live Blog: The Vietnam War – Episode 3, The River Styx (1964-1965)

With Lyndon Johnson now president, following Kennedy’s assassination, episode 3 of The Vietnam War details the continued escalation of the U.S. war effort during LBJ’s first two years in office. As Burns and Novick present the evidence, the Gulf of … Continue reading

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Live Tweeting “Grant” by Ron Chernow

Ron Chernow (author of bestselling biographies about Hamilton and Washington) has just released his latest book,¬†Grant. I’ve been tweeting quotes and thoughts as I listen. I’m almost halfway through the 48-hour audiobook, so below are my tweets thus far, in … Continue reading

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Live Blog: The Vietnam War – Episode 2, Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)

“We don’t have a prayer of staying in Vietnam. Those people hate us. They are going to throw our asses out of there at any point. But I can’t give up that territory to the communists and get the American … Continue reading

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Live Blog: The Vietnam War – Episode 1, Deja Vu (1858-1961)

The newest documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick aired recently on PBS stations. A 10-part, 18-hour series about the Vietnam War, PBS has made it available to stream through October 15th. I am taking advantage of that, and will … Continue reading

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Eisenhower’s Brand of Conservatism and the ‘Middle Way’

“Dwight Eisenhower was a profoundly conservative man, dedicated to the conviction that government served society best by safeguarding the individualism of the governed, and allowing maximum liberty within those limits. His “middle way”, as he shaped and explained that idea, … Continue reading

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