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August 27, 2007


  • Robert Dallek on"When It Comes to Foreign Policy, What Counts as Experience?":"I think experience is a terribly overrated idea when it comes to thinking about who should become president. Experience helped Richard Nixon, but it didn't save him, and it certainly wasn't a blanket endorsement. He blundered terribly in dealing with Vietnam.... That's why I'm sympathetic to Obama. Does experience count? What really counts is judgment and what kind of judgment you have." - NYT, 8-26-07
  • Steve Hess on"When It Comes to Foreign Policy, What Counts as Experience?":"Nixon wandered the world sticking his head in American embassies. But even there, Kissinger gets a heap of credit for what happened during his presidency." - NYT, 8-26-07
  • Richard Norton Smith on"When It Comes to Foreign Policy, What Counts as Experience?":"There is this osmosis working for her, that she is seen as an extension of the first Clinton presidency. In lieu of more traditional experience, she benefits as being seen as the third Clinton term. There is an aura of competence about her." - NYT, 8-26-07
  • Kenneth T. Jackson on"The Next President: Uniformly Civilian?":"The torch is being passed to a new generation that's never worn a uniform. It's a significant change. It means people are now coming of age who are really the post-Vietnam generation." - Washington Post, 8-23-07
  • Allan Lichtman on"Edwards pins his hopes on Iowa":"Right now, it is a badly wounded campaign and the wounds have been largely self-inflicted. The paper qualities have been shredded by a poor campaign and dubious personal qualities. Unfortunately, Edwards has been pinned with the charge of hypocrisy -- a populist campaign and spokesman for working people with a $400 haircut and a half-million-dollar consulting fee from a corporation foreclosing on Katrina victims. That is hard to overcome once you get pinned with that label." - Charlotte Observer, NC, 8-23-07
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • 27/08/1667 - Earliest recorded hurricane in US (Jamestown Virginia)
  • 27/08/1928 - Kellogg-Briand Pact, where 60 nations agree to outlaw war
  • 28/08/0476 - West Roman Empire formally disbands/emperor Romulus August ousted
  • 28/08/1565 - Oldest city in the US, St Augustine Fla, established
  • 28/08/1609 - Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay
  • 28/08/1655 - New Amsterdam and Peter Stuyvesant bars Jews from military service
  • 28/08/1862 - Battle of Groveton, VA (Manassas Plains) [->AUG 19] US7000 CS7000
  • 28/08/1862 - Belle Boyd released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC
  • 28/08/1884 - 1st known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard SD
  • 28/08/1916 - Italy declares war against Germany during WW I
  • 28/08/1944 - Last German troops in Marseille surrendered and Toulon cleared
  • 28/08/1963 - Martin Luther King Jr's"I have a dream speech" at Lincoln Memorial
  • 28/08/1968 - Police and anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Dem Natl Conven
  • 28/08/2005 - Hurricane Katrina hammers the south eastern United States, especially New Orleans, Louisiana, and coastal Mississippi
  • 29/08/1640 - English King Charles I signed a peace treaty with Scotland
  • 29/08/1756 - England and France meet in war
  • 29/08/1786 - Shay's Rebellion in Springfield, Mass
  • 29/08/1862 - Battle of Bull Run, VA (Manassas, Gainesville, Bristoe Station)
  • 29/08/1916 - US Congress accept Jones Act: Philippines independence
  • 29/08/1939 - Chaim Weizmann informs England that Palestine Jews will fight in WW II
  • 29/08/1944 - 15,000 American troops liberating Paris march down Champs Elysees
  • 29/08/1945 - Gen MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan
  • 29/08/1957 - Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957
  • 29/08/1968 - Democratics nominate Hubert H Humphrey for president (Chicago)
  • 30/08/1563 - Jewish community of Neutitschlin Moravia expelled
  • 30/08/1682 - William Penn left England to sail to New World
  • 30/08/1776 - US army evacuates Long Island/falls back to Manhattan, NYC
  • 30/08/1781 - French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in Revolutionary War
  • 30/08/1843 - 1st blacks participation in natl political convention (Liberty Party)
  • 30/08/1854 - John Fremont issues proclamation freeing slaves of Missouri rebels
  • 30/08/1862 - Battle of 2nd Manassas-Pope defeated by Lee-Battle of Richmond, KY
  • 30/08/1862 - Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
  • 30/08/1862 - 2nd Battle of Bull Run - Confederates beat Union
  • 30/08/1945 - Gen MacArthur lands in Japan
  • 30/08/1967 - US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice
  • 31/08/1850 - Calif pioneers organized at Montgomery and Clay Streets
  • 31/08/1864 - Atlanta Campaign-Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties
  • 31/08/1907 - England, Russia and France form Triple Entente
  • 31/08/1914 - Germany defeats Russia (battle at Tannenberg/30,000 Russians die)
  • 31/08/1935 - FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents
  • 31/08/1963 -"Hot line" between Moscow-Washington, DC installed
  • 01/09/0069 - Traditional date of destruction of Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1267 - Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman establishes a Jewish community in Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1535 - French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Hochelaga (Montreal)
  • 01/09/1666 - Great London Fire begins in Pudding Lane. 80% of London is destroyed
  • 01/09/1752 - Liberty Bell arrives in Phila
  • 01/09/1807 - Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire
  • 01/09/1836 - Reconstruction begins on Synagogue of Rabbi Judah Hasid in Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1849 - California Constitutional Convention held in Monterey
  • 01/09/1864 - 2nd day of battle at Jonesboro Georgia, about 3,000 casualties
  • 01/09/1864 - Battle of Petersburg VA
  • 01/09/1939 - WW II starts, Germany invades Poland, takes Danzig
  • 01/09/1941 - Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow Jewish star
  • 01/09/1941 - Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow Jewish star
  • 01/09/1945 - Japan surrenders ending WW II (US date, 9/2 in Japan)
  • 01/09/1962 - UN announces Earth population has hit 3 billion
  • 02/09/1743 - England/Austria/Savoye-Sardinia sign Treaty of Worms
  • 02/09/1752 - Last Julian calender day in US and England (no Sept 3-Sept 13th)
  • 02/09/1796 - Jews of the Netherlands are emancipated
  • 02/09/1870 - Napoleon III surrenders to Prussian armies
  • 02/09/1901 - VP Theodore Roosevelt advises,"Speak softly and carry a big stick"
  • 02/09/1944 - During WW II, George Bush ejects from a burning plane
  • 02/09/1944 - Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz
  • 02/09/1945 - V-J Day; formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri (WW II ends)
  • 02/09/1945 - Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam independence from France (National Day)

  • AMITY SHLAES: No Free Lunch 'The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression' - NYT, 8-26-07
  • AMITY SHLAES: 'The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression', First Chapter - NYT, 8-26-07
  • RAMACHANDRA GUHA: All in the Family India After Gandhi - NYT, 8-26-07
  • RAMACHANDRA GUHA: India After Gandhi, First Chapter - NYT, 8-26-07
  • John Whiteclay Chambers II on Michael Korda: BIOGRAPHY Hero for Our Times A glowing portrait of Eisenhower's fairness and pragmatism. IKE An American Hero - WaPo, 8-26-07
  • Giles MacDonogh: HISTORY WORLD WAR II The Squall After the Whirlwind A British historian takes Americans to task for their role in the post-World War II occupation. AFTER THE REICH The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation - WaPo, 8-26-07
  • Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez: Russia confirms Soviet sorties over Dimona in '67 - Jerusalem Post, 8-23-07
  • Book, DVD put spotlight on executions of Sacco and Vanzetti - PopMatters, IL, 8-23-07
  • New Book, Film Explore Sacco and Vanzetti Case - NPR, 8-23-07
  • Christopher Clark: His book is sparking a pro-Prussia movement in Germany - Reuters 8-21-07
  • Anthony Badger: How Liberal Southern Politicians Lost the South -, 8-20-07

  • Daniel Blatman on"Historians dispute Holocaust 'survivor' and 'refugee' labels":"The division into two circles is completely political and lacks any historical logic. Some of these refugees came to Israel aged and destitute. There is no doubt that these are people who were hurt by the war and the Nazi period. There is no difference between someone who lived in the ghetto and survived and someone who became a refugee and was exiled to Siberia. Who suffered more cannot be determined." - Ha'aretz, Israel, 8-20-07
  • The CBS Evening News said,"Historian Douglas Brinkley says there's no real parallel" between Iraq and Vietnam. Brinkley was shown saying,"You're not going to be able to sell the lessons of Vietnam being we should have stayed a decade longer." - U.S. News & World Report, 8-23-07
  • Allan Lichtman on President compares Vietnam, Iraq wars - Boston Globe, 8-22-07
  • Robert Dallek on"Bush calls quick troop pullout a disaster like Vietnam":"We were in Vietnam for 10 years. ... What is Bush suggesting? That we didn't fight hard enough, stay long enough? That's nonsense, it's a distortion." - Dallas Morning News, 8-22-07

  • Peter Cochrane: Triumph of Democracy with book of the year"Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy" was named The Age Book of the Year - The Age, Australia, 8-24-07
  • Ned Blackhawk: wins prize for best nonfiction book on the Southwest - SMU newspaper, 8-23-07

  • September 11, 2007: Geoffrey Ward: On Tuesday, September 11, at 7 p.m., Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein will host an"American Conversation" with award-winning historian and biographer Geoffrey Ward - Press Release--National Archives, 8-14-07
  • October 4, 2007: Emmanuel K. Akyeampong: IDEAS Boston 2007 - Business Wire, 8-13-07
ON TV:History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : 2007 Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair: Robert Dallek"Nixon and Kissinger" Sunday, August 26 @ 10:35pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Jeremi Suri: Henry Kissinger and the American Century Sunday, August 26 @ 11:30pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: Stanley Weintraub, author of"15 Stars: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall - Three Generals Who Saved the American Century" interviewed by Max Boot, Sunday, August 19 @ 9:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: History Detectives, Monday, August 27 @ 9pm/EDT - PBS
  • History Channel:"Punishment," Monday, August 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Standing Tall at Auschwitz," Monday, August 27, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :06 - Rome's Hidden Empire" Monday, August 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Lost Worlds :Henry VIII's Mega Structures," Monday, August 27, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Che," Tuesday, August 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters :Earthquake in the Heartland," Tuesday, August 28, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Violent Earth : Nature's Fury: Storm of the Century," Wednesday, August 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death," Wednesday, August 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special :Katrina: American Catastrophe," Wednesday, August 29, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :'70's Tech," Wednesday, August 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Lost Worlds :Secret U.S. Bunkers," Wednesday, August 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :'80's Tech," Wednesday, August 29, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake," Thursday, August 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :World War I Tech," Thursday, August 30, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Boneyard :Katrina," Thursday, August 30, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Dogfights :Gun Kills of Vietnam," Thursday, August 30, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :B-2 Bomber," Friday, August 31, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Human Weapon :Krav Maga of the Israeli Commandos," Friday, August 31, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The States," Marathon Saturday, September 1, @ 9am-7pm ET/PT

  • Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy: THE PREACHER AND THE PRESIDENTS #9 (1 week on list) - 9-2-07
  • Tim Weiner: LEGACY OF ASHES #11 (6 weeks on list) - 9-2-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #15 - 9-2-07

  • Geoffrey C. Ward: The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945, (Knopf Publishing Group, September 11, 2007)
  • Andrew Nagorski: Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II, (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, September 18, 2007)
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 27, 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin's Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • Stephen William Berry: House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin Company, November 5, 2007)
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America's Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)

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