David Greenberg

David Greenberg, a professor of history and media studies at Rutgers and author of three books of political history, has written the "History Lesson" column since 1998.

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Aug. 2 2012 11:41 AMStop Eulogizing Gore VidalHe was a racist and an elitist, forever mourning the decline of his era of aristocratic privilege. 
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Nov. 10 2011 12:37 PMHot for CoolidgeWhy are Republicans so obsessed with Silent Cal?
Twins
Aug. 25 2011 7:13 AMDorothy Burlingham's TwinsThe study that explained why it's not so wonderful to have a look-alike.
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April 20 2011 2:28 PMDemocracyWhy it's the only lasting anonymous Washington novel.
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Jan. 10 2011 6:01 PMOf Course It Was PoliticalThe phony debate about assassins like Jared Loughner.
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Nov. 19 2010 7:16 AMGive 'Em Hell, BarryObama needs a little of the Truman touch.
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Sept. 24 2010 7:16 AMRewinding the Kennedy-Nixon DebatesDid JFK really win because he looked better on television?
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May 21 2010 5:54 PMElena Kagan Could Have Been a Superb HistorianTwo history professors read the nominee's undergraduate thesis.
Recycled
Dec. 10 2009 10:09 AMChristmas for JewsHow Hanukkah became a major holiday.
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Oct. 9 2009 1:30 PMThe Old Soldier Hasn't DiedForget about McChrystal; Obama's real problem is MacArthurism.
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April 29 2009 3:36 PMSpecter's ShadowWhy Arlen Specter's defection should terrify the GOP.
Recycled
Feb. 12 2009 11:11 AMThe Man Beneath the HatThe truth about Lincoln's sexuality.
Recycled
Dec. 4 2008 6:56 PMThe President Who Never Came in From the ColdHow Frost/Nixon gets Nixon right.
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Oct. 24 2008 4:34 PMPresidential FirepowerHow FDR saved capitalism in eight days.
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Sept. 25 2008 5:41 PMYou Won't Learn Much From the DebatesBut you should watch them anyway.
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Feb. 27 2012 12:39 PMSick to His StomachJohn F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech on religious freedom gives Rick Santorum a bellyache—it shouldn’t.
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Oct. 21 2011 12:05 PMJohn Morton BlumThe death of a legendary historian.
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July 1 2011 4:56 PMLeft BehindYale solved its anti-Semitism crisis, but a deeper problem remains.
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Jan. 14 2011 6:57 AMBeware the Military-Industrial ComplexEisenhower's farewell address has been completely misunderstood.
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Dec. 27 2010 8:47 AMThe Hidden History of the Espionage ActThe much-maligned 1917 law had a real purpose—stopping spies and saboteurs.
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Oct. 22 2010 7:12 AMHating Woodrow WilsonThe new and confused attacks on progressivism.
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July 15 2010 1:35 PMToo Big To Fail, the 1912 VersionHow Wilson and Roosevelt tried to roll back the power of corporations.
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Jan. 29 2010 5:12 PMObama's Achilles' HeelWhat the deficit-commission idea says about his politics.
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Nov. 17 2009 3:41 PMSarah Palin = Dan QuayleThere's no way she will be president.
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Sept. 23 2009 1:17 PMThe Obama HatersWe still don't understand how fringe conservatism went mainstream.
Recycled
Feb. 12 2009 11:12 AMThe Lincoln-Douglas Debates, UnpluggedAllen C. Guelzo's book strips away the nostalgia around this classic encounter.
Books
Jan. 19 2009 6:54 AMThe Riddle of Herbert HooverHow the hypercompetent technocrat failed.
History Lesson
Nov. 5 2008 4:49 PMMcCain Ran the Sleaziest Campaign in History?Not even close.
Books
Oct. 3 2008 10:42 AMCheney's HandiworkUnveiling his methods, and some of his motives.
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Aug. 25 2008 1:35 PMThe Write Stuff?Why Biden's plagiarism shouldn't be forgotten.

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