A well-made index can be a great aid helping us “arrive swiftly but unruffled at the passage—the quotation, the datum, the knowledge—we need.”
By the 21st century, populists and elites had changed places—ordinary Americans were commonsensical while the elites were driven by unruly passions.
Harry Truman was a man of outstanding ability and human qualities who cleverly portrayed himself as one of nature’s and political life’s heroic underdogs.
Stalin saw an advantage in the renewal of global hostilities, so he helped facilitate them.
For Gordon Wood, no era has a monopoly on truth. Truth is merely the epiphenomenon of the era that produced it.
If the young are taught the terrible falsehood that “racism is and always was the dominant ideology,” then the American experiment will hang by the thinnest thread, and we will have no Lincolns to save it.
Gilley’s portrait of Sir Alan Burns is the best defense of empire a reader could ask for.
Contrary to the caricatures of King George III in American popular culture, he was neither ignorant nor tyrannical.
Time’s Monster claims that historians have been “the key architects of empire,” a belief embraced by the street-renaming and statue-toppling social movement.
In today’s divided America, when questions of American purpose and identity are increasingly contested, Lincoln’s wisdom is still speaking.
The Enlightenment has become a touchstone for culture-war debates about tolerance and open-mindedness.