A hoax about the president’s death led him to believe he was Commander-in-Chief—and it paralyzed him with fear.
Gil Troy, a native New Yorker, is Professor of History at McGill University. His tenth book on American history, The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s, was just published by Thomas Dunne Books of St. Martin’s Press. Follow him on Twitter @GilTroy
In fighting hatred, a society needs clear red lines that transcend politics.
In the 1960s, whistleblowers were treated like dirty snitches. Then Ron Ridenhour, a bit player in Vietnam’s horror show, stepped forward with tales of a massacre at My Lai.
Edmund G. Ross was a journalist, abolitionist, and loyal Republican—and the most hated man in America after he voted against Andrew Johnson’s impeachment.
The arc of Rosey Grier’s political life challenges both parties—and both sides of the culture wars.
Few Armenians marked the 150th anniversary of Hovhannes Kajaznuni’s birth. No one knows where he is buried. That should change.
The Brooke family seized the chunk of the island from the Dutch, and would rule it in all their eccentricity for a century.
The man traditionally deemed “the father” of Iranian nukes is an ex-Communist turned exiled Shah supporter, a peace activist who still supports Iran’s nuclear program.
Scientific history is littered with bitter and fierce rivalries, as well as acrimony felt by those who history slighted. That wasn't the case with the man who inspired Darwin.
Ida Craddock was, as one contemporary said, ‘very clever but queer.’