Seth G. Jones’ engaging new history, ‘A Covert Action: Reagan the CIA and the Cold War Struggle in Poland,’ gives due credit the Catholic Church, Polish Solidarity leaders, and Ronald Reagan for overthrowing the Soviet Union.
George H. W. Bush midwifed the post-Cold War era with a kind and gentle soul. We are still reaping the benefits of that today.
In the book ‘Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall,’ Tim Mohr examines the colorful history of East German punk, an account marred only by some knee-jerk politics.
American voters aren’t first graders. Giving them a sticker to vote is condescending and wrong.
Lech Walesa turns 75 in September and 35 years ago won the Nobel Peace Prize. He’s probably the most important labor leader of our era.
The Soviet Union has fallen, and some might like to think that Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s ‘bitter truth’ is a relic of a happily bygone era. Not so. His speech is even more relevant today.
How can the past be home to anyone, when there was so much injustice and misogyny and racism, when aggressions were macro and hate speech was the lingua franca of even the hated?
John Hughes simply must be defended. He was a singular talent and could be considered the most overtly America-loving filmmaker since Frank Capra.
Hopefulness, genuine friendship, and self-sacrifice. That is what make this show meaningful. Small-town virtues.
Henry Olsen’s argument that Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump are comparable as presidents is not only risible but insulting to the 40th president.
For those seeking geeky protagonists, ’80s retro, and misfit adventure, here are a few movies that should tide you over until the end of October.
The main characters in ‘Comrade Detective’ play enforcers for a totalitarian tyranny, but you cannot distinguish their lines from those of latter-day irate progressives.
I’m honestly not sure why it took the world so long to discover that people like me exist, or that we’ve long been miscategorized as members of Gen X.
The second season of Amazon’s ‘Red Oaks’ offers more than just a reheated version of its predecessor, yet lacks the emotional resonance that made the first season stand out.
It’s not all Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter references—Netflix’s hit show is also an ’80s nostalgia trip for fans of the decade’s horror novels and pulp fiction.
The kids in ‘Stranger Things’ must rely on each other and the legends of which they are a part for answers about how to grow up and navigate the supernatural dysfunctions of their exurban Indiana town.
The war progressives are waging upon the Constitution makes arguments that Donald Trump would drag us to some new depth of constitutional anarchy ring quite hollow.
We can’t go back in time to the ‘80s, either musically or economically, but it is useful to remember that history so we might repeat it.
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