An American Historian visits Vietnam & Cambodia

Several things got me interested in U.S. history when I was a teenager – rock n’roll, blues, civil rights, John F. Kennedy (hard to believe now!), and the war in Vietnam.  By the time I became a student at Edinburgh University, protests against American involvement in the conflict in S.E. Asia had spread to Britain … More An American Historian visits Vietnam & Cambodia

Literature, History, and the Vietnam War

Writing a preview of the Cheltenham Literature Festival, I suggested all History students should read literature.  I was reminded of this today when I read the (belated – he died in June) obituary of Michael  Herr in The Guardian.  Herr’s book, Dispatches (1977), was one of the most powerful pieces of writing dealing with the … More Literature, History, and the Vietnam War

The Passing of a Hero

This Friday will witness the funeral of Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer in history and a figure whose importance transcended sport.  Hundreds will attend his funeral and many thousands more around the world will mourn his passing because Ali was internationally loved.  He was one of my heroes. Thousands of words have been written about … More The Passing of a Hero