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Suspending habeas corpus. Trampling on the First Amendment. Torture. All of these things went on in the Lincoln administration, and Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” unlike “Zero Dark Thirty,” is a whitewash of history. More in my Sunday column.
“Star Trek” actor and frequent Howard Stern foil George Takei had an op-ed in the Guardian yesterday headlined “We Japanese Americans must not forget our wartime internment.” Well, not just Japanese Americans, no? We should all be outraged.
I object to the euphemism “internment” (sounds like something to do with getting coffee for Brian Williams or [...]
Bonus Sunday essay! In 1895, Teddy Roosevelt returned to his hometown vowing to clean up Sin City as president of the Police Board. He succeeded in reducing corruption and patronage, but with nutty crusades like his campaign to close bars on Sundays (and even crack down on Sabbath sales of flowers and soda) he quickly [...]
I totally disagree with my senior colleague Lou that there’s something vaguely suspicious about “Captain America: The First Avenger” and its relationship with Hitler. As far as I could tell, the writers had this thought: Hitler was way too serious to turn into a comic-book villain. So we need to put the focus of the [...]
I’ve been enthralled by Adam Hochschild’s devastating “To End All Wars,” a slightly different approach to WW I that, from a British point of view, focuses its attention roughly equally on the battlefields and the homefront. It keeps tabs not only on the butchers of the Western front but on such notable dissenters as [...]
The great soul gets ripped apart in a bouncy bit of attack journalism from historian Andrew Roberts, who continues to grow more delightful. Roberts, in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal, points out Gandhi had a gay lover (and also made his nubile teen great-niece sleep naked beside him).
Gandhi was a racist and a fool (he [...]
…to the great man. Greatest man who ever lived? Well, maybe until Jay-Z came along.
Martin Amis’s novel about the sexual revolution and its unintended consequences “The Pregnant Widow” has far too many ideas to be dealt with in 450 words but here is my review in today’s Post.
On Page Six today, I give a little taste of what’s in Hitchens’ new memoir “Hitch-22,” coming next month.
Considering why, after seven hours, “The Pacific” still hasn’t really made its mark. An essay in the Post.« Previous Entries