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The Winding Road to D-Day

FDR’s patient diplomacy in 1942 and 1943 made Operation Overlord possible in 1944

Ronnie's Friend Maggie

The phrase, inevitably, is Winston Churchill's. Long an advocate of Anglo-American alliance, the wartime British Prime Minister often spoke of what he called the...

The Ugly Briton

Few statesmen of the 20th century have reputations as outsize as Winston Churchill's. And yet his assiduously self-promoted image as what the author Harold...

The Wit of Abdurrahman Wahid

Egypt held a competition to guess the age of a mummy. France, Germany and the U.S. sent archaeologists. Indonesia sent a military officer. The French team spent...

The Moment: North Korea

Barack Obama is probably not familiar with the lesser-known quotes of Winston Churchill, which is a shame. One might bring a wry nod of recognition. After...

Even Churchill Couldn't Figure Out Iraq

There is something very sinister to my mind in this mesopotamian entanglement," Winston Churchill wrote his Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, in August 1920...

Books: Great Men

The world gets nostalgic for great men. Plutarch felt similarly wistful around A.D. 100, when he wrote his wonderful Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and...

If It Could Happen to Churchill...

Wartime leaders have always faced the worst fear: defeat in battle. But in democracies at least, war leaders also confront another danger: success. The qualities...

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