Arts & Entertainment


“Best of Enemies”: New documentary revisits Buckley vs. Vidal

"Best of Enemies" succeeds without being partisan or overbearing. Its subject speaks for itself.


"Labor’s Home Front": the AFL in World War II

The history of labor during wartime is an enticing subject, the history of labor during World War II especially so.


“Lincoln for Beginners”: illustrated biography of a gradualist radical

Whole libraries are dedicated to the study of Lincoln; Buhle's synopsis, reflecting all the warts and charm of his subject, might a good place to begin.


“When Government Helped”: Comparing FDR and Obama

Just reading the notes at the end of every chapter is an education. The writers' research is deep and wide.


Today in history: Fidel turns 89, poem by Che

"If iron stands in our way, we ask for a sheet of Cuban tears to cover our guerrillas bones on the journey to American history . . . "


Today in history: Actor-activist Martin Sheen celebrates his 75th birthday

Martin Sheen has stated, "While acting is what I do for a living, activism is what I do to stay alive."


"Race to Revolution" a must-read on U.S.-Cuba history

"Race To Revolution: The United States And Cuba During Slavery And Jim Crow" should be read especially now, as relations are renewed with Cuba.


"JFK and the Unspeakable" is "convincing portrait" of Kennedy

This is the only book on the assassination recommended by the Kennedy family.


Cher: "If Trump's elected I'm moving to Jupiter"

Cher described him as a bigot with an ego the size of Texas.


“American Relief Aid and the Spanish Civil War”: a unique perspective

Context is central to any historical narrative. This is certainly true regarding the Spanish Civil War.

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