Francis P. Sempa

Author Archive

  • Jul 13, 2021
    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
    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
    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
    “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
    “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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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...