What We Learned from World War One

What We Learned from World War One

CNN.com, November 8, 2018 One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, World War I ended. Life would never be the same for the more than 65 million men from some 30 nations who fought in it, or for the civilians who...
The war to enslave humanity?

The war to enslave humanity?

CNN.com, May 8, 2015 World War II’s end happened over time. Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allies on May 7, 1945 (it was announced the next day, May 8, on what would be known as Victory in Europe Day — or V-E Day), but Italy had been liberated...
War and Cinema: It’s Complicated

War and Cinema: It’s Complicated

Huffington Post, February 23, 2015 We are living through another dramatic moment in the complex relationship of war and cinema. This time, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is the movie at issue. It has been nominated for six Academy Awards and praised as an anti-war...
American Sniper, the perfect hero for our time

American Sniper, the perfect hero for our time

CNN.com, February 9, 2015 Every age has the heroes it deserves, as the saying goes. To judge from the success of the movie “American Sniper,” the hero of the current moment would be the trained killer. Director Clint Eastwood’s movie has been highly...
The Captive: A Measure of Our Humanity

The Captive: A Measure of Our Humanity

Huffington Post, December 29, 2014 What is it like to live in captivity? How does one survive, physically and psychologically, the experience of the deprivation of freedom? Which captives are remembered, and which forgotten? Events over the past year have brought...
After war’s trauma, words don’t work

After war’s trauma, words don’t work

CNN.com, November 11, 2014 We celebrate Veterans Day this week, but we have been riding a crest of war remembrance for months now. World War I’s centenary alone has brought forth new books — histories of that war, based on historical documentation and...