Travels with George

Book Review: Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy, by Nathaniel Philbrick. I've read countless books about George...

Pastor-in-Chief

The last thing I needed was to read another Lincoln biography. But a Lincoln biography given to me by my brother Charles, continued to...

Steven Spielberg's American Trilogy

Three Movies by Steven Spielberg That Define the American Ideal AMISTAD (1997) – An Independent Judiciary LINCOLN (2012) – Democracy THE...

George Washington, on his birthday

February 22 is George Washington’s birthday. Below is my review of “Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment,” by Pulitzer...

The Progressive Era Presidents

It was the time of the huddled masses, of immigrants, slums and overcrowded cities, of long hours and deplorable working conditions in...

Confessions of a C-Student

I’m speaking with Ruth. We’re at a birthday celebration of a mutual friend. She tells me she didn't start college until she was...

John Jay, on his birthday

December 12th is John Jay’s birthday. As one of the seven most influential founders of our country, Jay’s contributions are not as well...

State of the Union

It’s a memorable scene from a memorable movie. Actor Spencer Tracy—portraying a wealthy industrialist running for president—is looking...

John Adams, on his birthday

October 30 is the birthday of John Adams, our second president. John Adams was one of America’s greatest statesmen--and one of its worst...

The Spirit of Liberty

The influential jurist with the unlikely but appropriate name Learned Hand served as a presiding judge of the Second Circuit Court of...

Hamilton, the musical

After buying tickets and waiting almost a year, we finally got to see “Hamilton,” the smash Broadway musical. It was midweek, and the...

The Two Party System

//////()(///////)()///////////())()()))))()())))()() The two-party system was not written into the plan. Indeed, the framers of the...

Do You Really Want To Be Rich?

Two reviews: THE MONEY GAME, by Adam Smith Putting your money in the stock market: is it a gamble, or is it an investment? Does the...

Mastering Self

Mastering Self: Three Reviews I CAN IF I WANT TO, by Arnold Lazarus and Allen Fay “We are not disturbed by things—external events—but by...

A Change of Head & Heart

It was like a religious conversion—a profound altering of thought, a decided charge of heart, and a rechartering of course. For Supreme...

A Highway Runs Through it

“There’s America, there’s the South, then there’s Mississippi.” So said President Lyndon Johnson. He might have added, “And then there’s...

The Bearded Presidents

They’re the bearded presidents—or, if you will, the Great Emancipator and the Seven Dwarfs. No president before or after these...

Ted Koppel and the Ten Commandments

In this time of commencement addresses, I recall one in particular given by ABC news anchor Ted Koppel at Duke University in 1987. While...

The C-Word

It’s the most famous dinner in U.S. history. It was hosted by Thomas Jefferson at his well-appointed townhouse on Maiden Lane, a stone’s...

Do We Need Women in Government?

When women assume power in government, the world will become a kindler, gentler place. Says who? Well, Frank Capra for one. In his 1948...