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Darkest Hour

James Bowman: why Americans should see “Darkest Hour”

Summary: James Bowman reviews Darkest Hour, a powerful film about May and June 1940, the beginning of Britain’s finest hours (Churchill’s phrase; he never called them the “darkest hours“). It shows the willingness of many Brits to negotiate with Hitler, Churchill’s adamant leadership — which kept Britain in the war — and has an important message …

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Dunkirk (2017)

James Bowman gives an extraordinary review of “Dunkirk”

Summary: James Bowman has written an extraordinary review of the new film Dunkirk, seen not just as entertainment but as history. It is a history of the event in June 1940, and a history of how the 1958 and 2017 films about Dunkirk show that we have changed. “The British Empire and the French Republic, …

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Dispatches from the front lines in the war for America’s soul

The war for America’s soul continues on many fronts.  Are you engaged, or watching TV? “Ruthless yet Humane“, Christopher Hitchens, Slate, 4 May 2009 — Why Obama cited Churchill on torture. “Nickel and Diming“, John Dickerson, Slate, 7 May 2009 — Obama shows that he too believes we are fools. “Stressing the Positive“, Paul Krugman, …

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Adopting the tools of our enemies, a path to victory

Summary:  Follow-up to Is the War on Terror over (because there are no longer two sides)?— which discussed reports that the US has supported terrorist groups seeking to overthrow Iran’s government.  This post considers what this means for the War on Terror (it is over) – and historical precedents for adopting the tools of our enemies (it often works). What …

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