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This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • Hirohito: String Puller, Not Puppet

    by Herbert P. Bix

    The Japanese government’s new biography perpetuates the false but persistent myth of a benign, passive figurehead.

  • Why Obama underestimated ISIL in Syria and Iraq

    by Juan Cole

    "Obama gets it right that ISIL is a political problem, not primarily a military one. But he gets it wrong that it is rooted in primordial identity politics."

  • The Franklin Ship Myth, Verified

    by Adam Gopnik

    "To translate it from Canadian into American terms, it is as if someone had found, in a single moment, the hull of the Titanic, the solution to the mystery of the lost colony at Roanoke, the original flag of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the menu for the Donner Party’s last meal."

  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.

  • Only 60 percent of Americans know FDR was president during WW II

    by Daniel Burnett

    As Americans watched filmmaker Ken Burns’ latest documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” this past week, a new study suggests that, despite the family’s importance in our history, their legacies are being forgotten.

  • Women’s role in U.S. history should be honored on the Mall

    by Elizabeth Dole

    "Until we recognize the many achievements and contributions of women to our nation’s history, gender will continue to be a key factor not only in career choices but in how women feel about themselves, how men perceive them and so much more."

  • The Ancestors of ISIS

    by David Motadel

    Jihadist states have a history, and it shows they always fail.

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