Gil Troy

Gil Troy is a professor of history at McGill University. His latest book — his tenth — is The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s .

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  • She Was the Steve Bannon of the Great Depression

    by Gil Troy

    Elizabeth Dilling screeched ‘America First!’, oozed hatred, and inspired Sinclair Lewis. In the era that saw the rapid rise of populists, she became famous on the back of hatred for minorities, Jews, and foreigners.

  • Trump Needs some Sage Rabbinic Advice

    by Gil Troy

    These aren't predictions, but caveats for responsible leaders in a treacherous world, during unstable times, facing a boorish president.

  • An Inaugural Prayer: Stretch Yourself as Person and President – to Stretch us too…

    by Gil Troy

    Although I am no theologian, America desperately needs inaugural prayers. Here is the benediction I would offer, if invited to Donald Trump’s Swearing-in (and no, I wouldn’t boycott – Democrats should remember all the civics lectures they gave Trump about respecting the people’s choice when they expected Hillary Clinton to win, and now attend graciously).

     


  • The Millionaire Who Took on McCarthy

    by Gil Troy

    William Benton was an advertising icon and wildly successful investor—and with those millions backing him up, he took on the country’s scariest politician.

  • The Man Whose Dream Became Israel

    by Gil Troy

    Theodor Herzl was a man with an idea that once seen to fruition would change the world dramatically. But his reasons for creating the modern Zionist movement were never as black and white as people made them out to be.

  • When John Glenn Saved Ted Williams’s Life

    by Gil Troy

    The baseball great and the legendary astronaut were co-pilots during the Korean War—and Glenn’s cool head saved the Hall of Famer during a tense run-in with the enemy.

  • The American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy


    by Gil Troy

    In April of 1945, Captain William Callaghan and the USS Missouri were attacked by a kamikaze pilot intent on destroying all on board. His attack failed, and Callaghan stood up to his men to bury the enemy.

  • When The Electoral College Took Down a Winner

    by Gil Troy

    Richard Mentor Johnson was a war hero and Jackson protégée whose contradictory life as a slaveowner carrying out a public interracial marriage cause faithless electors to reject his candidacy and send the vice presidency to the Senate.
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