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May 5, 2008



CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

  • Primary Season Election Results - NYT
  • William Chafe on"What a way to choose":"Questions of character and personality ... matter so much, because they are the ultimate decision points for most Americans." - News & Oberserver, NC, 5-4-08
  • Glenda Gilmore on"What a way to choose":"Elections are like picking a pig in a poke. We can never know what crisis a president will face, so we focus on character as a way of trying to predict their behavior.... People would rather vote for the skunk they know." - News & Oberserver, NC, 5-4-08
  • Gil Troy on"What a way to choose":"It is easy to know what the candidates say they will do. What's hard is divining the signs that might tell us whether they have the strength of their convictions, and whether they have the judgment, temperament, personality and leadership skills to meet the unforeseen challenges that will certainly arise during the next four to eight years." - News & Oberserver, NC, 5-4-08
  • Gil Troy on"First Lady Fine Line Clinton's Working to Claim Credit for Prosperity Without Shouldering Blame for Errors":"In true Clintonist style, she is trying to have it both ways. When it's convenient, she wants to say she was involved. And when it's not, she wants to be able to wash her hands and say, 'Well, it's not me.'... It's very hard to fight the legacy of Clintonism, especially when Democrats think so fondly of those years." - The Washington Independent, 5-4-08
  • Robert Dallek on"First Lady Fine Line Clinton's Working to Claim Credit for Prosperity Without Shouldering Blame for Errors":"Robert Dallek, a historian who supports Obama, said voters would base their decision more on what the presidential candidates are saying today than their past experiences."Nobody thinks of the first lady as having huge responsibility for major decisions on foreign policy or domestic policy.... She has had tremendous visibility, people know her name, and that gave her a real leg up, a fast start." - The Washington Independent, 5-4-08
  • Myra Gutin on"First Lady Fine Line Clinton's Working to Claim Credit for Prosperity Without Shouldering Blame for Errors":"Part of what many of us are feeling with regard to her time as first lady and her claims of experience have to do with the ambiguous nature of being first lady."There's no job description, and most first ladies carve out their own niche. In Hillary’s case, that was quite a niche... I don't know why she didn't focus on her experience as a senator. She has been a very good senator. I would have said, just go with that, rather than get involved with all of the stuff as first lady."- The Washington Independent, 5-4-08
BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

On This Day in History....

  • 05-05-1809 - Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
  • 05-05-1821 - Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena.
  • 05-05-1891 - Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.
  • 05-05-1925 - John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwinism.
  • 05-05-1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
  • 05-05-2004 - Pablo Picasso's"Boy with a Pipe" became the most expensive painting ever sold.
  • 05-06-1882 - Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act over President Chester A. Arthur's veto.
  • 05-06-1889 - The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, marking the completion and dedication of the Eiffel Tower.
  • 05-06-1937 - The German airship Hindenburg blew up and burst into flames at Lakehurst, N.J.
  • 05-06-1941 - Dictator Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.
  • 05-06-1999 - Scotland elected its first separate parliament in three centuries.
  • 05-07-1915 - The British ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in World War I off the coast of Ireland.
  • 05-07-1945 - Germany unconditionally surrendered to the allies in Rheims, France.
  • 05-07-1954 - The 56-day-long battle of Dienbienphu ended with Ho Chi Minh's forces defeating the French, signaling the end of French power in Indochina.
  • 05-07-1992 - The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting mid-term Congressional pay raises, was ratified.
  • 05-08-1794 - Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was guillotined during the Reign of Terror.
  • 05-08-1902 - Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted, destroying the town of St. Pierre, and killing 40,000 people.
  • 05-08-1945 - V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II.
  • 05-09-1914 - Mother's Day became a public holiday.
  • 05-09-1926 - Explorers Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett flew over the North Pole.
  • 05-09-1936 - Fascist Italy annexed Ethiopia.
  • 05-09-1994 - The South African parliament chose Nelson Mandela as president.
  • 05-09-2004 - Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader, Akhmad Kadyrov, was killed in a bombing. Six others were killed and another 60 wounded.
  • 05-10-1775 - Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British.
  • 05-10-1863 - Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died after being accidentally shot by his own troops.
  • 05-10-1869 - The United States' first transcontinental railroad was completed with a ceremony in Promontory Point, Utah.
  • 05-10-1924 - J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI.
  • 05-10-1940 - Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister.
  • 05-10-1994 - Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first black president.
  • 05-11-1858 - Minnesota became the 32nd state in the United States.
  • 05-11-1894 - The Pullman Strike began.
  • 05-11-1949 - Siam changed its name to Thailand.
  • 05-11-1960 - Israeli agents captured Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
  • 05-11-1973 - Charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the Pentagon Papers case were dismissed.
  • 05-11-2003 - 91% of Lithuanian voters opted to join the European Union—the first former Soviet nation to do so.
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Lou Cannon on William F. Buckley Jr., John W. Dean and Barry M. Goldwater Jr.: COVER REVIEW | POLITICS Goldwater Revisited The conservative icon wanted government out of the boardroom -- and the bedroom. FLYING HIGH Remembering Barry Goldwater, PURE GOLDWATER - WaPo, 5-4-08
  • Rick Perlstein on Mickey Edwards: POLITICS Gone Astray Republicans took power and let go of their principles, a stalwart conservative argues. RECLAIMING CONSERVATISM How a Great American Political Movement Got Lost -- And How It Can Find Its Way Back - WaPo, 5-4-08
  • Kevin Phillips on Sean Wilentz: THE AGE OF REAGAN A History, 1974-2008 - WaPo, 5-4-08
  • Benny Morris: Endless War 1948 A History of the First Arab-Israeli War - NYT, 5-4-08
  • Tony Horwitz: In Love With the History Our Teachers Never Told Us A Voyage Long and Strange - NYT, 4-30-08
  • Luc van Dongen: Historian exposes secret wartime refugees - http://www.swissinfo.ch, 4-23-08
  • Howard Zinn: Now he's got a comic book - http://www.mediabistro.com, 4-30-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • H. W. Brands on"What a way to choose":"In those first days, he astonished people by his intuitive grasp of what the nation needed emotionally," said Brands, whose biography of FDR is to be published in the fall."What made him a great president was not his mastery of issues but his unexpected ability to connect with people." - News & Oberserver, NC, 5-4-08
  • Killings of Armenians in Ottoman Empire 'genocide,' says American historian - Turkish Daily News, 4-25-08
HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • May 21, 2008: The Appalachian Pathways Luncheon Series turns to politics with a May 21 luncheon program presented by Appalachian State University history professor Dr. Karl Campbell who will discuss his book"Senator Sam Ervin: The Last of the Founding Fathers." - Appalachian State University, NC, 5-2-08
  • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg's History for 250th Anniversary - WaPo, 1-18-08
  • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release--Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • C-Span2, BookTV: For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton - The White House Years Author: Sally Bedell Smith - Monday, May 5 @ 4:00am ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Politics Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President Author: Lincoln Chafee - Monday, May 5 @ 6:00am ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Politics Women for President: Media Bias in Eight Campaigns Author: Erika Falk - Monday, May 5 @ 7:00am ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel:"The Lincoln Assassination," Monday, May 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :Secret Soviet Bases," Monday, May 5, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :08 - New York," Monday, May 5, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake," Tuesday, May 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters :Yellowstone Eruption," Tuesday, May 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters :West Coast Tsunami," Tuesday, May 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Stalking Jihad," Wednesday, May 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Alaska: Big America," Thursday, May 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Alaska: Dangerous Territory" Thursday, May 8, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Return of the Pirates," Friday, May 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"True Caribbean Pirates," Friday, May 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces," Saturday, May 10, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Dogfights of the Future," Saturday, May 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Last Stand of The 300," Saturday, May 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Cokie Roberts: LADIES OF LIBERTY #4 -- (3 week on list)- 5-11-08
  • Philip Bobbitt: TERROR AND CONSENT #35 - 5-11-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • Ted Sorensen: Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, May 6, 2008
  • Scott McClellan: What Happened, May 12, 2008
  • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater, May 12, 2008
  • John Lukacs: Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning: Churchill's First Speech as Prime Minister, May 12, 2008
  • Peter Clarke: The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Birth of the Pax Americana, May 13, 2008
  • Thurston Clarke: Last Campaign, May 27, 2008
  • John S. Eisenhower: Zachary Taylor: The 12th President, 1849-1850, May 27, 2008
  • Paul Finkelman (Editor): Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson, May 28, 2008
  • Shane O'Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
  • Gil Troy: Leading from the Center, June 9, 2008
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

  • Charles Tilly: 78, Writer and a Social Scientist, Is Dead - NYT, 5-2-08
  • William W. Warner, Chesapeake Bay Author, Dies at 88 - NYT, 4-30-08



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