Wall Street vs. Main Street

It’s amazing how little politicians know. What they say often amounts to half-truths: yes, there is some truth in what they’re saying,...

Ten Presidents in Ten Minutes

What makes a great president? “Great presidents possess, or are possessed by, a vision of an ideal America,” say the editors of the...

The Supreme Court--A brief history

It was an eye-opening experience. In my last year of college I took two courses on Constitutional Law (Con Law I & II) and discovered...

The Vision Thing

It was George H.W. Bush who made the expression famous, mainly because his critics said he lacked it. His predecessor Ronald Reagan had...

Debunking a Myth

“This summer, when you become inundated with all the American bicentennial Fourth-of-July brouhaha, don’t forget you’re celebrating the...

Two Books, Two Cities

Below are two book reviews I wrote for amazon.com. The first book is about New York City under Dutch rule, the second is about the making...

A Gateway to the West

George Washington must have had an exceptional imagination. How else to explain his decision to lead an army of green farm boys against...

The Washington Monument

It’s the most famous room in the world. It’s where Presidents address the nation, especially in times of crisis. It’s the room where...

The Spirit of '76

Why did the American Revolution succeed while so many revolutions that followed result in so much bloodletting? The answer is not that...

The Second Great Awakening

Tents going up on the edge of town. Overflowing crowds and preachers shouting fire and brimstone, and everyone half-expecting the skies...

The Great Awakening

It was after the American Revolution, after everything had been settled and the future of the new republic looked promising. Thomas...

An Evening to Remember

If you ever dreamed of spending an evening chatting with one the Founding Fathers, have I got a book for you. The title sounds academic...

How Lincoln won the War with Words

Washington D.C., March 4, 1861 -- Imagine the man being administered the Presidential oath is not Abraham Lincoln but Jefferson Davis....

Mr. Jefferson Builds His Dream House

It was not the Monticello we know today. The house Thomas Jefferson returned to in 1789--after four years in France--was not that much...