I’ve almost exclusively examined purely historical topics in this blog without a discussion of how they affect us today.  For some topics, this isn’t a necessity: while Napoleon being swarmed by hundreds of rabbits or the life of Jack Johnson are interesting and fun to...

We remember many things about Napoleon Bonaparte; we remember that he was the Emperor of the French for a bit (about a decade), and that he led military campaigns that swept across large swaths of continental Europe, bringing 70 million people under his direct control...

“Special Attacks,” as we discussed last week, began in October of 1944 at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines.  By the time the war ended, somewhere in the vicinity of 3,800 young men had died in suicide attacks, not only in planes, but also in manned missiles,...

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