Review: Watergate, Or How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President (2018, Charles Ferguson)

Watergate remains the defining political scandal in American history, endlessly milked for books, movies, cartoon caricatures and political analogies while Teapot Dome and Iran-Contra gather dust in the minds of history buffs. It’s easy to see why: the bizarre cast, … Continue reading Review: Watergate, Or How We Learned to Stop an Out of Control President (2018, Charles Ferguson)

Things That Are Not: George Montandon’s Malicious Monkey Business

In 1929, the French National Academy of Sciences hosted a startling presentation. George Montandon, the Swiss-born enfant terrible of French anthropology, presented a paper positing the discovery of an anthropoid ape in South America. He cited as evidence the testimony … Continue reading Things That Are Not: George Montandon’s Malicious Monkey Business

The Weekly History Thread Makes the Deadliest Friend

Welcome to this week’s History Thread! This week will discuss unlikely alliances, be they political, military, dynastic, artistic, etc. Events make strange bedfellows, sometimes literally, so let’s celebrate them. Today’s picture: September 4 commemorates two more seminal dates in American … Continue reading The Weekly History Thread Makes the Deadliest Friend

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