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  • 6 great books about the loss of Lincoln

    The laughter rippled across Ford's Theatre as a character on stage let loose with a zinger: "You sockdologizing old man-trap!" John Wilkes Booth knew the audience would guffaw in delight, so that's when he fired his gun at the president of the United States. But people heard the noise anyway: "Pop!" Then there was chaos. An assassination, one of several planned that night in the nation's capital, had succeeded. What happened and why? Six captivating books from the last decade – including the newly released "Bloody Crimes" by the bestselling author of "Manhunt" – fill in the gaps and track Abraham Lincoln's legacy.
    09/30/2010 01:22 pm

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  • Robert Gates: Defense Secretary's exit interview

    Robert Gates will retire this month as the US Defense Secretary. In his 45-year career, he's served under eight presidents. In a Newsweek interview, Gates discusses Hilary Clinton, Osama bin Laden's death, and emerging US isolationism.
    06/22/2011 12:51 pm

  • Fort Sumter cannons sound again: the Civil War 150 years later

    Fort Sumter marked the start of the Civil War, with Confederates shelling it on April 12, 1861. Today, the cannon rolls still reverberate in a country that remains at peace, but torn by ideological divides.
    04/12/2011 04:11 pm

  • Chapter & Verse 12 books on America in the face of political violence

    These history books remind us that the shooting in Tuscon is not the first time Americans have confronted violence directed at politicians.
    01/11/2011 05:39 pm

  • Opinion On its 150th anniversary, US Civil War matters more than ever

    The conflict between North and South stands as one of the only civil wars in human history that did not end in monarchy or dictatorship. Its lessons hold enduring value for the modern struggle to defend liberal democratic principles without compromising them in times of existential crisis.
    12/30/2010 09:14 am

  • 6 great books about the loss of Lincoln

    The laughter rippled across Ford's Theatre as a character on stage let loose with a zinger: "You sockdologizing old man-trap!" John Wilkes Booth knew the audience would guffaw in delight, so that's when he fired his gun at the president of the United States. But people heard the noise anyway: "Pop!" Then there was chaos. An assassination, one of several planned that night in the nation's capital, had succeeded. What happened and why? Six captivating books from the last decade – including the newly released "Bloody Crimes" by the bestselling author of "Manhunt" – fill in the gaps and track Abraham Lincoln's legacy.
    09/30/2010 01:22 pm

  • Bloody Crimes

    Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis: Two journeys, two martyrs in the aftermath of the Civil War.
    09/29/2010 07:05 am

  • Chapter & Verse Find of the Month: Two compulsively readable books about geography

    History, geography, and trivia buffs should not miss these books.
    09/09/2010 11:56 am

  • Opinion McDonnell Confederate history storm: slavery, treason, and true Southern courage

    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s controversial proclamation of Confederate History Month should help us remember the South’s rebellion for what it really was.
    04/09/2010 05:46 pm

  • Opinion Is it Presidents Day or President's Day or Presidents' Day?

    In Virginia there is no Presidents' Day. It's legally only George Washington's birthday. How well do you know America's (often bogus) holidays?
    02/15/2010 08:44 am

  • Civil War Wives

    The lives of three prominent Civil War-era women illustrate the drama that took place off the battlefield.
    09/29/2009 01:00 am

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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