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Back in early 2008, partially in preparation for my visit to Israel, I read Christopher Tyerman’s God’s War: A New History of the Crusades. I had not previously been familiar with anything more than the broad outlines of the Crusades, including the seizure of Jerusalem, the arrival of Saladin, and so forth. At 922 pages, […]

The Van Buren Boys

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On December 8, 2009
I’ve been reading Daniel Walker Howe’s superb What Hath God Wrought. Among its many strong points, it’s much-more clear-eyed about Andrew Jackson than Sean Wilentz’s similar history, and I’ve been meaning to post some of the good stuff about Jackson. For those who think that comparing modern Republicans to Hoover is a little unfair…to Hoover, […]

Colony to Superpower I: Things Fall Apart?

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On November 12, 2008
Erik’s response to my FCTS I (From Colony to Superpower: Chapter 1) post is up. A lot of the discussion we’ve been having regards counterfactuals, which is plenty entertaining but somewhat limiting. I wish Erik would expand on this point: Also, I think westward expansion as a real reason for Revolution has probably been overhyped […]

Worst Two Term Prez?

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On November 4, 2008

I’m thinking that Bush has become very competitive for the title of worst President ever (look out, James Buchanan!), but is there any doubt that he’s the worst ever to serve two full term

The Viaduct

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On October 7, 2008
Erik Loomis makes a stalwart defense of Seattle’s Alaska Way Viaduct, recently named the Worst Freeway in America: The road sucks in a lot of ways. A big earthquake would remind us all of the Bay Bridge in 1989. It is pretty unattractive. It reminds us of a time when the United States made an […]

The March

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On August 28, 2008

On this date in 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom brought several hundred thousand Americans together in the nation’s capital, where — depending on whom you might have asked &

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