Archive for the ‘History’ Category

One of the many reasons I love BBC History Magazine

From the October 2019 issue: “Correction In a caption on page 44 of August’s issue (Trafalgar: An Overrated Victory?) we wrote that the “Dutch fleet” was destroyed at the battle of Copenhagen. It should of course have read “Danish fleet”. Thanks to the many readers who pointed out this error.”

November 11, 2019 · Harry · No Comments
Posted in: History

Donald Trump In The China Shop

I read recently that the objective of the Cold War was to defeat the Soviet Union, but the achievement was to build the West. We’ve lived with the concept of “the West” so long we’ve forgotten that, prior to 1945, there was no such concept. The geopolitical paradigm was very much the Old World and […]

July 11, 2018 · Harry · One Comment
Posted in: History, Politics

What I’m Reading Now…

is a lot of Cold War spy stuff. Novels – The Spy Who Came In From The Cold; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Non-fiction – Legacy Of Ashes (not just Cold War, but that was the driving force behind my picking it up), The Art Of Betrayal. It’s not coincidence. After reading several books about the […]

October 23, 2014 · Harry · No Comments
Posted in: Books, History, Life

Yom Kippur 1973

I was in the band at Hinds Junior College (now Hinds Community College) in the fall of 1973. On Oct. 6 we had an away football, I think at Northeast Junior College – anyway, it was a long bus ride away. Since we had a game, I had stayed on campus that weekend, and with […]

September 13, 2013 · Harry · 3 Comments
Posted in: History


D-Day, June 6, 1944, was 9 years and 361 days before I was born.  From the perspective of today, that seems like almost ancient history, a memory of another time.  But when I was learning to walk, I was surrounded by men who could still hear the sounds, smell the scents, see the images of […]

June 6, 2011 · Harry · No Comments
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