Week of December 3, 2012

HNN Rundowns

What is the Best History Book of 2012?
HNN asked for your opinion on the worst history books around back in July--We're now accepting nominations for the best history book (on any subject) published in 2012! Send an email to editor@hnn.us and let us know your favorite!

Up Front: "Lincoln"

How Historically Accurate is Spielberg's "Lincoln"?

Louis Masur: Not everything in the movie is 100% accurate, but most of it is, and the level of detail's incredible. [PODCAST]

HNN Hot Topics: "Lincoln" the Movie

Pictured at left: Abraham Lincoln. The real one. But Daniel Day-Lewis is pretty convincing.

HNN on Zeen: Special "Lincoln" issue
Zeen is a new Web app created by the co-founders of YouTube for web magazine publishing. To kick off HNN's Zeen edition, we present a handy compilation of the best "Lincoln" commentary on HNN and around the web!


Cheer Up, Rush: Dems Keep "Traditional America" Alive
Ira Chernus's MythicAmerica

The Obama White House sends out a holiday postcard worthy of Romneyland.

Google Questions

How Was History Made in the 2012 Election?
Mariana Villa

The 113th Congress will have a record number of women serving.

News at Home

The Hollowing Out of America
Steve Fraser

How the financial industry sucked the lifeblood out of America's industrial heartland.

How Republicans See Democrats
Lewis P. Gould

The party of treason.

How Can We Make Congress Work Better?
Ray Smock

We need to find a way to end the permanent campaign.

Are Evangelicals Politically Homeless?
David R. Swartz

Independent evangelicals are caught between hostile Democrats and hard-edged Republicans.

News Abroad

Gaza's Not the Key, Philadelphi Is
Daniel Pipes

Israel should reassert its control over the Philadelphi corridor between Gaza and Egypt.

“It’s Mostly Punishment…”
Oded Na’aman

Testimonies by veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces From Gaza and the Occupied Territories.

Historians & History

Thomas Jefferson: Monster?
Matthew Crow

Let's get beyond the moral indignation about Jefferson and slavery and start examining how and why those power structures worked.

Remembering Alfred F. Young, 1925-2012
Linda K. Kerber

The modern practice of public historian owes him a huge debt.


School Closings and Public Policy
Mark Naison

The anatomy of a catastrophe.

Culture Watch

What Argo Gets Wrong About the 1953 Iran Coup
Lee P. Ruddin

Yes, the CIA was involved, but the plot originated in London, not Washington.

2012: Mayan Apocalypse Watch
Matthew Restall

The end of the world is not actually coming, but here's why this weird belief is still out there.

America's Real Religion: Shopping
Lawrence S. Wittner

'Tis the season...


Review of Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick's The Untold History of the United States
Jeremy Kuzmarov

Sheds light on overlooked history, but gets JFK wrong.

Review of Melinda L. Pash’s In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation: The Americans Who Fought the Korean War
Murray Polner
The forgotten men and women who fought the forgotten war.

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