War May not be Like the Movies, but Quit Blaming John Wayne


It’s become the new cliche. Every Memorial Day, a teacher/historian/columnist or such has to think of something to say, and inevitably we hear a phrase something like, “War is not like a John Wayne movie.” OK, but who the heck ever said war was like a John Wayne movie? Life is not like many movies. Even [...]

Socialism is Great! (And Other Chinese Fables)


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Two new books detail the brutalities of daily life in Mao’s worker’s paradise.