November 28, 2012 |
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is a historical biopic more concerned with depicting the 16th president's log-rolling politics than his log-splitting childhood. "Lincoln," one of many high-profile films this season based on real events, has been warmly embraced by critics and audiences. But there's another group whose opinion matters - historians. "There have been other movies about Lincoln," said James McPherson, a Civil War historian, Lincoln biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Battle Cry of Freedom," in a recent interview after seeing the film.
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September 18, 1998 |
Described as "a man to match the mountains," John W. Robinson is being honored for his research and writing about the San Gabriel mountains. Robinson, a Fullerton resident and retired teacher, will receive the Donald H. Pflueger Local History Award from the Historical Society of Southern California at a luncheon Sept. 26. The award goes to teachers and authors of outstanding books and articles on local history.
November 11, 1998 |
Historian Stephen E. Ambrose, the best-selling author of books about Lewis and Clark and World War II, suffered serious injuries in a fall, hospital officials said. The 62-year-old Ambrose was admitted Sunday to Meriter Park Hospital in Madison, Wis., and listed in serious condition. The Helena, Mont., resident had been in Madison to meet with a Winston Churchill discussion group. Ambrose is a leading scholar of military and diplomatic history.
December 14, 1990 |
Call it the paradox of Christmas: Every winter, just as the seasonal darkness is at its bleakest, Christians around the world celebrate the year's most jubilant holiday. Yuletide cheer is a welcome break from winter doldrums--and a deliberate one, says a historian who has charted the origins of the Christmas holiday. J. Patout Burns, professor of Christian thought at Washington University in St. Louis, has spent most of his life studying the origins of Christmas and other religious traditions.
September 17, 1989 |
One of France's leading "revisionist" historians, who claims the Holocaust never took place, was severely beaten Saturday by three youths said to belong to a group called "The Sons of the Memory of the Jews," officials said. Robert Faurisson, 60, was ambushed by the youths while walking his dog in a park in Vichy. The trio repeatedly kicked and punched Faurisson, breaking his jaw, then ran off, a police report said.
April 8, 1989 |
Fifteen years after Gerald R. Ford's post-Watergate pardon of Richard M. Nixon shocked the nation and gravely wounded his presidency, that action is getting more favorable reviews from historians than it got back then from the public, political leaders and even some of those same historians. Stephen E. Ambrose, respected biographer of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Nixon, "cursed and screamed" when he first heard of the pardon.