Learning about history is an antidote to the hubris of the present, the idea that everything in our lives is the ultimate.
DAVID McCULLOUGH tells why he thinks history is the most challenging, exhilarating, and immediate of subjects
The maker of a fine new documentary on the Civil War tells how the medium of film can evoke the emotional reality of history
From Fort Ticonderoga to the Plaza Hotel, from Appomattox Courthouse to Bugsy Siegel’s weird rose garden in Las Vegas, the present-day scene is enriched by knowledge of the American past
AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID McCULLOUGH
THE PATH BETWEEN THE SEAS
The Big Ditch had so far been a colossal flop, and Teddy Roosevelt desperately needed an engineering genius who could take over the job and “make the dirt fly.” The answer was not the famous Goethals, but a man whom history has forgotten.
In the name of progress one of New England’s most historic and unusual urban areas is being carved into parking lots