Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.
All good criticism should be judged the way art is. You shouldn’t read it the way you read history or science.
What would be the nicest thing I could say about Newt Gingrich? He may be one of the great supporters of the humanities, because you have people who don’t want to study the social sciences, because it’s not profitable, and now Newt, as the highest-paid historian in American history, may be an encouragement to people to study history.
The president led us into the Iraq war on the basis of unproven assertions without evidence he embraced a radical doctrine of pre-emptive war unprecedented in our history and he failed to build a true international coalition.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.