Ike’s son, historian John Eisenhower, recalls attending meetings with the British wartime leader and reflects on his character and accomplishments.
In the early 1950s, a young Naval officer and his colleagues struggled to interest the Navy in Arctic operations. Their top secret efforts led to the first submarine trips to the North Pole by USS Nautilus and USS Skate in 1957 – dramatic successes that rivaled the Soviet Union's Sputnik that year – and shifted the balance of strategic power.
Eisenhower's call to proceed with D-Day was anything but inevitable
More than a million children participated in the Salk poliomyelitis vaccine trials of 1954, the largest public health experiment in American History
The book that taught GI’s how to behave in England
The United States Military Academy turns 200 this year. West Point has
grown with the nation—and, more than once, saved it.
In his last speech as President, he inaugurated the spirit of the 1960s
Nikita Khrushchev’s son remembers a great turning point of the Cold War, as seen from behind the Iron Curtain
Nikita Khrushchev’s son recalls a world where the United States was the Evil Empire—and Soviet superpower a carefully maintained illusion
SIXTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH the Soviet Union orbited a “man-made moon” whose derisive chirp persuaded Americans they’d already lost a race that had barely begun
America looked good to a high school senior then, and that year looks wonderfully safe to us now, but it was a time of tumult for all that, and there were plenty of shadows along with the sunshine
Jack Kennedy came into the White House determined to dismantle his Republican predecessor’s rigid, formal staff organization in favor of a spontaneous, flexible, hands-on management style. Thirty years Bill Clinton seems determined to do the same thing. He would do well to remember that what it got JFK was the Bay of Pigs and the Vietnam War.
We owe the greatest infrastructure project in the history of the world to the fact that in 1919 a young U.S. Army captain named Eisenhower was bored.
They’ve all had things to say about their fellow Executives. Once in a great while one was even flattering.
The American army that beat Hitler was thoroughly professional, but it didn’t start out that way. North Africa was where it learned the hard lessons—none harder than the disaster at Kasserine. This was the campaign that taught us how to fight a war.
Within the city’s best-known landmarks and down its least-visited lanes stand surprisingly vivid mementos of our own national history
Forty years ago, a tangle of chaotic events led to the death of Hitler, the surrender of the Nazis, and the end of World War II in Europe
Thirty years after judging Eisenhower to be among our worst Presidents, historians have now come around to the opinion most of their fellow Americans held right along.
Here is how political cartoonists have sized up the candidates over a tumultuous half-century.
A noted historian argues that television, a relative newcomer, has nearly destroyed old—and valuable—political traditions
A quarter-century of judicial history, as seen—and made—by our only retired Supreme Court justice, a man whose allegiance to the Constitution often forced him to act against his personal preferences.
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An insider’s account of a startling— and still controversial—investigation of the Allied bombing of Germany
The ex-Presidency now carries perquisites and powers that would have amazed all but the last few who have held that office
Operation Market-Garden promised to lay an airborne red carpet to victory.
The job ran in the family; both his uncle and grandfather were Secretaries of State. Home life in a parsonage taught him piety, and the law precision. The rigid views of a world divided between good and evil he worked out, apparently, himself. Private letters and new taped recollections help explain the shaping of the man who set our Cold War foreign policy