How We Got Here: William Warren Scranton and the Principled Timidity of Moderate Republicans

Like most politicians, William Warren Scranton disclaimed interest in politics. “I never intended to make public political life a career,” he said, shortly after stepping down as Governor of Pennsylvania in 1967. But Scranton was that rare politician whose reluctance … Continue reading How We Got Here: William Warren Scranton and the Principled Timidity of Moderate Republicans

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

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