Seven Days in May

I was giving a keynote at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference several years ago and I mentioned this book and movie and got blank stares. The book isn’t that great actually. It reads like a manifesto and lecturing. One of the few times the movie is better than...
The Ides of March

The Ides of March

15 March is a significant date in history, but not just for the event of 44 BC. It’s also the date in 1917 that the last Tsar of Russia formally abdicated, which I submit might be the most significant event of the 20th Century, given what followed and is still...
15 March 1917: The Last Tsar Abdicates

15 March 1917: The Last Tsar Abdicates

This might be the most significant event of the 20th Century. Tsarist Russia was gone, replaced by Communist Russia. Part of the momentum behind Hitler’s rise to power was the battle against communism in Germany. The Cold War. And on and on. To the present day....