As America goes into its fifty-fifth presidential election, we should remember that there might have been only one—if we hadn’t had the only candidate on earth who could do the job
Richard Brookhiser has spent four years trying to capture for the television screen the character of perhaps the greatest American.
In his last speech as President, he inaugurated the spirit of the 1960s
Why a 200-year-old decoration offers evidence in the controversy surrounding the Hiroshima bombing.
A major new installation at the Smithsonian Institution explores the nation’s biggest and most important job
A true story of their final days on the Florida seashore
Without his brilliance at espionage the Revolution could not have been won
VOTER TURNOUT MAY BE DOWN IN RECENT YEARS, BUT THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE COMMON CITIZEN HAS GROWN TO FAR SURPASS ANYTHING THE FOUNDING FATHERS EVER DREAMED OF
THE FIRST ANNUAL AMERICAN HERITAGE GREAT AMERICAN PLACE AWARD
CAPT. LOUIS FRAN’OIS BERTRAND DUPONT D’AUBEVOYE, COMTE DE LAUBERDIÈRE, served the patriot cause in the Revolution, did all he could to teach Virginians proper French manners, made love to the local women—and found every American inferior. Except for one.
ON IT HE GAVE THE NEW nation a new industry, wrote a protoguide to New England inns and taverns, (probably) did some secret politicking, discovered a town that lived up to his hopes for a democratic society, scrutinized everything from rattlesnakes to rum manufacture—and, in the process, pretty much invented the summer vacation itself
The ambassador from an infant republic spent five enchanted years in the French capital at a time when monarchy was giving way to revolution. Walking the city streets today, you can still feel the extravagant spirit of the city and the era he knew.
An Interview With the President and the First Lady
Once seen as a vice and now as a public panacea, the national passion that got Thomas Jefferson in trouble has been expanding for two centuries
A scholar searches across two centuries to discover the main engine of our government’s growth—and reaches a controversial conclusion
Americans invented the grand hotel in the 183Os and during the next century brought it to a zenith of democratic luxury that makes a visit to the surviving examples the most agreeable of historic pilgrimages
After every war in the nation’s history, the military has faced not only calls for demobilization but new challenges and new opportunities. It is happening again.
They’ve all had things to say about their fellow Executives. Once in a great while one was even flattering.
The two-party system, undreamt of by the founders of the Republic, has been one of its basic shaping forces ever since their time
The Cold War was an anomaly: more often than not the world’s two greatest states have lived together in uneasy amity. And what now?
To the end of his life America’s most infamous traitor believed he was the hero of the Revolution
Two hundred years ago the United States was a weakling republic prostrate beneath a ruinous national debt. Then Alexander Hamilton worked the miracle of fiscal imagination that made America a healthy young economic giant. How did he do it?
Both admirers and detractors have invented myths about our first President. A famous biographer tells of his years spent trying to separate fact from fiction.
When the French Revolution broke out two hundred years ago this month, Americans greeted it enthusiastically. After all, without the French we could never have become free. But the cheers faded as the brutality of the convulsion emerged—and we saw we were still only a feeble newborn facing a giant, intimidating world power.
James Wilson was an important but now obscure draftsman of the Constitution. Carry Wills is a journalist and historian fascinated by what went on in the minds of our founders. The two men meet in an imaginary dialogue across the centuries.
A fond, canny, and surprising tour of the town where the Constitution was born
The framers of the Constitution were proud of what they had done but might be astonished that their words still carry so much weight. A distinguished scholar tells us how the great charter has survived and flourished.
Some of our finest public buildings were designed by a tormented young English architect whom the world has forgotten