Francis P. Sempa
Jul 13, 2021
C-SPAN Left Out Key Metric in '21 Presidential Leadership Survey
The C-SPAN 2021 Survey of Presidential Leadership was recently released and, given the makeup of the panel of historians/authors/biographers who ranked the presidents, contained very...
Jul 4, 2021
China's Really Celebrating a Century of Murder
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrated its centenary anniversary on July 1, 2021. In fact, the Party was founded on July 23, 1921, in Shanghai, with the help of the...
Jun 12, 2021
Churchill's WW II Address to Allied Delegates
A little over a year after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Great Britain, he spoke at a meeting of the Dominion High Commissioners and Allied Countries’ Ministers at...
May 31, 2021
Gen. Grant's Cold Harbor Regret
“I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made,” wrote Ulysses S. Grant in his memoirs. Grant was referring to a Union assault launched on...
May 27, 2021
Neglect, Nature and Horror of Johnstown Flood
“The lake seemed to leap into the valley like a living thing,” wrote historian David McCullough in describing the immediate effect of the failure of the South Fork Dam on...
May 9, 2021
Churchill's Walk With Destiny
In 1890, when Winston Churchill was 16-years-old, he told a schoolmate that someday it would fall to him to defend England against invasion and “save the empire.” In...
Apr 19, 2021
What Is Happening in the World?
America’s new U.N. Ambassador says that our founding documents and principles are based on “white supremacy,” and before the U.S. rejoins the U.N.’s Human...
Mar 9, 2021
Mahan and the Craft of Writing History
In March 1903, the Atlantic Monthly published Alfred Thayer Mahan’s address to the American Historical Association, which he had delivered a few months earlier in Philadelphia....
Feb 28, 2021
Yalta, Whittaker Chambers, and Time Magazine
Between Feb. 4-11, 1945, the “Big Three” leaders of the Allied powers met at the Livadia Palace at Yalta in the Crimea to plot end-of-the-war strategy and to plan for the...
Feb 20, 2021
Mackinder and Sea Power
In 1901, Great Britain still ruled the seas, though she would soon be challenged by Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Germany. There had been no European general war since 1815, when allied...
Feb 8, 2021
James Burnham: Unheralded Prophet of the Cold War
In Washington, D.C., there are no statues of James Burnham. Most Americans know little or nothing about him. He was not a high-level U.S. government official. He was a writer, a...
Jan 25, 2021
History and a Triangle of Farms
Travel to south-central Pennsylvania and across the border into Maryland and discover a triangle of historic farms where three men who made history during the Cold War lived. One was...
Jan 12, 2021
Skeptics of Democracy and Defenders of Freedom
In the United States, it is often said, “the people rule.” This is one of the myths or “political formulas” that legitimize those who exercise political power...
Jan 4, 2021
100 Years Ago, Churchill Began 'The World Crisis'
Reflecting on Winston Churchill as an historian, J.H. Plumb wrote that, “History was the heart of his faith; it permeated everything which he touched, and it was the mainspring...
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