No guts, but glory: “Gettysburg” (the movie) and the antiseptic Civil War.

The 1993 film shows us a relatively clean view of the great Civil War battle, but let us not forget just how awful and catastrophic the war really was.

The Leader is unavailable: the strange legend of Stalin’s post-invasion breakdown.

Was Stalin really so shocked by the German invasion in 1941 that he went on a three-day bender? Historical sources differ.

Cribs of the Chiefs: let’s visit some Presidential Places. (Part 1) [videos]

In my video series, you can take a look at some of the beautiful places associated with our first five Presidents, including Mount Vernon, Peacefield and Monticello.