Author Archives: John C. McKay

Beyond Ken Burns, a Deeply Moral, Personal Vietnam

Quasi-memoir by former congressman is set deep in domestic conflict.

The Troubling Legacy of World War I

A century after the U.S. entered the conflict, its destabilizing effects are still apparent.

The Case for Strong Alliances

In a dangerous world, allies help keep the peace.

What’s It Like to Be in Battle?

Historians may never fully comprehend the soldier’s experience, but several are trying.

Cuba Is a Diplomatic Cautionary Tale

A half-century of inconsistent and ineffective U.S. behavior towards Havana provides a model of how not to conduct foreign policy.

Autobiography of a Recovery

Robert Timberg’s gripping memoir traces his way from burning in Vietnam to writing in Washington.