John C. McKay

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Beyond Ken Burns, a Deeply Moral, Personal Vietnam

Quasi-memoir by former congressman is set deep in domestic conflict.
John C. McKay November 10, 2017

The Troubling Legacy of World War I

A century after the U.S. entered the conflict, its destabilizing effects are still apparent.
John C. McKay April 6, 2017

The Case for Strong Alliances

In a dangerous world, allies help keep the peace.
John C. McKay July 27, 2016
A U.S. Army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division returns fire with a M249 light machine gun during combat operations in the valley of Barawala Kalet, Kunar province, Afghanistan, on March 29, 2011. DoD photo by Pfc. Cameron Boyd, U.S. Army. (Released)

What’s It Like to Be in Battle?

Historians may never fully comprehend the soldier's experience, but several are trying.
John C. McKay October 8, 2015

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.
John C. McKay February 27, 2015

Autobiography of a Recovery

Robert Timberg's gripping memoir traces his way from burning in Vietnam to writing in Washington.
John C. McKay July 25, 2014