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Concert Review: New York Choral Society and Mannes Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with the Young People’s Chorus of NYC (April 8, 2015)

David Hayes conducts the New York Choral Society. Photo courtesy of the New York Choral Society

Conductor David Hayes paired memorial works by Paul Hindemith (WWII) and John Adams (9-11) in a revelatory concert. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy’ by David Nasaw


What Caesar was to Rome, Joseph P. Kennedy was to America. Read More »

Embracing Socialism


Arguments about socialism provide great fodder for bitching and griping, but we'd be better off embracing it for what it can do and making it peculiarly American. Read More »

Obama, JFK and FDR

The legacy of the Democrats Read More »

Obama, in His Failure to Learn a Lesson of History, is Forcing All of Us to Relearn the Lesson

The rise of the Tea Party, the Congressional minority imposing its will; it's all happened before. Read More »

Two Liberal Icons That This Lefty Simply Can’t Abide

Enough with the deification of either John Lennon or Frankin Roosevelt. Neither one deserves it. Read More »

History and Consequences

The consequence of default would crank up borrowing costs and flush the US economy back into the toilet of recession. Read More »

What Makes Someone Presidential Timber or Kindling Wood?

It could be the times and world events that shape a presidency, or it may just be that one guy is just better than the other. Read More »

Book Review: Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945 by John Mosier

Stalin killed so many messengers that he soon began to hear only of great successes and marvelous victories. Read More »

Book Review: Masters and Commanders — How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945 by Andrew Roberts

“Then this is the story of how the four Masters and Commanders of the Western Allies fought each other over how best to fight Adolf Hitler.” — from the introduction Read More »