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Churchill commands history (or tries to); My Lai; how to avoid sugar; and a bonus: newsletter March 23, 2018

March 26, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: journalism.

When the American public heard about what happened a year later, My Lai quickly became a symbol for America’s tragic misadventure in Southeast Asia. My Lai exposed the lack of clear mission, inadequate training, miscommunication, and less-than-straightforward truth-telling that had characterized the whole enterprise.

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Winston Churchill’s World War II saga (part 2): Obliterating the obstacles

March 21, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: journalism, writers, writing.

Winston Churchill caricature

Compelling reasons for Churchill to write his much-anticipated history of World War II presented themselves forcefully by early 1946. There were also monumental obstacles that stood in the way of Churchill’s efforts to write his memoirs. Churchill either found a way around them or turned them to his advantage as he began plans for his multi-volume saga in the first months of 1946.

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Winston Churchill’s World War II saga (part 1): Motive and opportunity

March 20, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: writers, writing.

Winston Churchill caricature

More than a few times, Churchill expressed the sentiment that “history will be kind to me for I will write it.” Through his life and particularly in his later years, Churchill would say that, sometimes as a threat to others but usually just as a comfort to himself.

But Churchill went much farther than other famous people in an attempt — futile as it is — to make that happen.

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