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Allen Barra

Allen Barra is a sports journalist who writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal. He formerly served as an editor for American Heritage, where he wrote about 20th century sports and popular culture. His 2009 book, Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, was followed by Rickwood Field: A Century in America's Oldest Ballpark in 2010.

Articles by Allen Barra

Geoffrey C. Ward's New History of World War II Read >>
Gene Wilder discusses his new World War I adventure Read >>
Why 1848?, February/March 2007 | Vol. 58, No. 1
Kurt Andersen gives a neglected year its due Read >>
Robert Altman Read >>
Just as the year changed the nation, so its World Series changed American sports Read >>
In 1964 the most popular movie star in America held a license to kill from the British government Read >>
The creator of the immensely popular new Western discusses what makes it truly new. Read >>
Grim Reapings, June/July 2006 | Vol. 57, No. 3
The classic that seeped into "Deadwood"—and many other Westerns. Read >>
What does the only Western on television today have in common with the most popular TV Western ever? Read >>
Act One, February/March 2006 | Vol. 57, No. 1
All the President’s Movies Read >>
A spectacular and painstaking PBS series brings the war to the screen Read >>
10 films that helped shape a generation Read >>
Dashiell Hammett Read >>
Slavery Televised Read >>
The Hidden Brando Read >>
Screenings, June/July 2004 | Vol. 55, No. 3
And starring Pancho Villa as himself Read >>
Screenings, April/May 2004 | Vol. 55, No. 2
My Darling Clementine Read >>
The Fifty Biggest Changes in the Last Fifty Years Read >>
Gods and Generals Read >>
Frontiersman, October 2003 | Vol. 54, No. 5
Screening, June/July 2003 | Vol. 54, No. 3
The San Patricios Read >>
Show Business, June 2001 | Vol. 52, No. 4
A critic looks at 10 movies that show how Americans work together. Read >>
Gangster, May/June 1999 | Vol. 50, No. 3
From law officer to murderer to Hollywood consultant: the strange career of a man who became myth Read >>

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Hank Williams was the last echo of the barbaric yawp from Walt Whitman’s America. In just five short years, from 1948 to his death in the backseat of a car on the way to a concert on January 1, 1953, he recorded 66 songs, most of them his own compositions, many of which can still be heard on radio… Read more >>