Book Review: The Trial of Prisoner 043 by Terry Jastrow

A popular bit of humor about Trump’s presidency is that George W. Bush is thrilled he’ll no longer be the worst president in U.S. history. Bush, in fact, was ranked the worst of our presidents by 61 percent of historians responding to a 2008 informal poll, in significant part because of the 2003 invasion of […]

Book Review: A History of the World Since 9/11 by Dominic Streatfeild

The main ramifications of historic events are frequently easy to see. Often, though, we overlook the ripples that produce unexpected, or even untended, effects. Take 9/11, for example. It didn’t take a great deal of thought to realize it would bring the U.S. into direct armed conflict with al-Qaeda. And it was barely six weeks […]

Using technology to enhance Memorial Day

Here’s one of those wonderful places where technology can enhance tradition. In connection with Memorial Day weekend, Sean Askay, an innovative Google Earth developer, has launched Map the Fallen.

Using Google Earth 5.0, you can view a map of the United States that shows where each of the more than 5,700 American and Coalition […]

Do its ethics rules apply to Argus blogs?

As the Argus Leader seeks once again to get blogs off the ground, it faces a variety of problems. Sadly, one appears to be truth.

Material from the paper’s “Voices” blog not only shows up online, but excerpts from it are run on the front of the local “news” section. Of course, the Argus doesn’t […]

Book Review: Blood Brothers (2006)

When Time magazine reporter Michael Weisskopf went to Iraq to do a cover story on the U.S. soldier as Time‘s “Person of the Year” for 2003, he came back with the story of a lifetime. Problem is, it wasn’t the cover story. It was a story that came from losing his right hand to a […]

Book Review: The Prince of the Marshes (2006)

Governments, projects and businesses tend to fear insider accounts. That’s because being on the inside means access to even the most damaging information. Yet what can be even more revealing is an insider account by someone who isn’t really an insider.

That may not have been what Rory Stewart set out to accomplish with The […]