Harry Truman completely unprepared for his accidental presidency

The inauspicious heir to the White House had planned to play poker the night Roosevelt died. Instead, he became president

Harry Truman completely unprepared for his accidental presidency
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The inauspicious heir to the White House had planned to play poker the night Roosevelt died. Instead, he became president

When an intellectual cozies up to dictators

Is it feasible to separate political views and private behaviour from artistic merit? George Bernard Shaw is a perfect case study

When an intellectual cozies up to dictators
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Democracy is anathema for those convinced of the correctness of their views, the righteousness of their morality and the superiority of their intelligence

America’s first ethnic working-class hero

An Irish-American Catholic, champion boxer John L. Sullivan rose to popularity from modest roots

America’s first ethnic working-class hero
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An Irish-American Catholic, champion boxer John L. Sullivan rose to popularity from modest roots

John F. Kennedy: an anglophile for all seasons

The storied president was more English than Irish, despite being seen as the ultimate symbol of Irish-American success and social acceptance

John F. Kennedy: an anglophile for all seasons
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The storied president was more English than Irish, despite being seen as the ultimate symbol of Irish-American success and social acceptance

Political “wobbles” prove politics really is a blood sport

Theresa May's recent political "wobble" brings to mind Margaret Thatcher and the 1987 British election, which she won in spite of herself

Political “wobbles” prove politics really is a blood sport
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Theresa May’s recent political “wobble” brings to mind Margaret Thatcher and the 1987 British election, which she won in spite of herself

The Road to Camelot offers fresh insights into JFK mythology

2017 is John F. Kennedy’s centenary year and a new book offers a deep dive into the details of his successful 1960 U.S. presidential campaign

The Road to Camelot offers fresh insights into JFK mythology
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2017 is John F. Kennedy’s centenary year and a new book offers a deep dive into the details of his successful 1960 U.S. presidential campaign

Bland works: Bill Davis’s remarkable career

The story of the former Ontario premier is one of statesmanship, contradictions, foresight, stubbornness and backroom deals

Bland works: Bill Davis’s remarkable career
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BOOK REVIEW: The story of the former Ontario premier is one of statesmanship, contradictions, foresight, stubbornness and backroom deals

Patti Smith tracks rock heroes’ slide into ‘careerism’

Too many of today's music stars have strayed into careerism and away from the revolutionary values that many of them began with

Patti Smith tracks rock heroes’ slide into ‘careerism’
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ROBINSON: Too many of today’s music stars have strayed into careerism and away from the revolutionary values that many of them began with

Christmas books for the history buff

Pat Murphy's shopping suggestions to satisfy the history buff on your list

Christmas books for the history buff
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MURPHY: Pat Murphy’s shopping suggestions to satisfy the history buff on your list

Nixon in love

The new biography by Evan Thomas gives us Nixon in the round, talented and tortured, ambitious and insecure

Nixon in love
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MURPHY: The new biography by Evan Thomas gives us Nixon in the round, talented and tortured, ambitious and insecure