Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Queen’s blunder

There are few sure bets in this world, but one thing you can usually count on is that when a government sets out to solve a problem, two things will happen: 1- The problem will not be solved, only distorted. … Continue reading

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The Conquistador who became a Mayan war chief

The great thing about history is how weird it can be; how the most unlikely story can turn out to be true. I just released a book based on one of the strangest true stories you are ever likely to … Continue reading

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Ghost fleet

Just down the Potomac River below Washington and across from the Quantico Marine Base is a shallow indentation in the Maryland shore line called Mallows Bay. If you look at a satellite image of Mallows Bay, you’ll be struck by … Continue reading

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Carrying the torch

History is always with us, whether we know it or not, because history isn’t so much about what people did as about what people do. The past can give us a better understanding of the present, so it is always … Continue reading

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Getting it wrong: The menace of the quilted uniforms

In the fall of 1950, the allied forces, mostly American, had defeated the Communist North Korean invaders of South Korea and pushed them farther and farther north towards the Chinese border. The Chinese, viewed this development with alarm and crossed … Continue reading

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