October/november 1983

Volume 34
Issue 6

Features 

The great man’s daughter-in-law draws a portrait of the statesman at the top of his career and at the bottom

For almost four decades, Marshall Davidson, who pioneered a new genre of illustrated history, has worked with many thousands of pieces of American art. Out of them all he now selects fourteen images that have particularly enchanted him .

Anonymous

The ceaseless clatter of cheap pianos from a mid-Manhattan side street was once music to all America

Years after one of the bloodiest and most intense battles of the war in the Pacific, a Marine Corps veteran returns to Tarawa

Anonymous

It was built by Roebling, connects two cities, is a landmark of American engineering, and looks just like it but is…

Along this narrow stretch of sand, all the painstaking plans for the Normandy invasion fell apart. One of the men who was lucky enough to make it past the beachhead recalls a day of fear, chaos, grief—and triumph.

A thousand miles behind enemy lines, Liberator bombers struck Hitler’s Rumanian oil refineries, then headed home flying so low that some came back with cornstalks in their bomb bays

An Interview With Gen. Albert C. Wedemeyer

Whatever you were taught or thought you knew about the post-Civil War era is probably wrong in the light of recent study

On November 18, 1883, the nation finally settled on the method of synchronizing all clocks that we call standard time. Why did it take so long to figure that one out?

Over any extended period of time, the state of historical thinking about the great national topics changes in both subtle and dramatic ways. New facts and interpretations are being debated, written about, and taught. To keep you informed, AMERICAN HERITAGE introduces the first of a series.

After two false starts, the B-17s got through. A pilot relives the 8th Air Force’s first successful daylight raid on the German capital .

October/november 1983

Departments 

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

NOW AND THEN

READERS’ ALBUM:

THE TIME MACHINE