Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman is the author of The Best One Hour History series, which includes World War I, The French Revolution, The Vietnam War, and other titles.  He is the founder of One Dollar For Life, a nonprofit that builds infrastructure projects in the developing world from donations as small as one dollar.

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Crowds including children dancing and carrying flags of Allied nations during a spontaneous celebration of Armistice Day and the end of World War I. Paris, France. November 11, 1918. (Archive: LIFE magazine) Views
Monday, November 12, 2018
Why World War I Still Matters
This week is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The “War to End all Wars” rearranged the architecture of global power more radically, more rapidly, and more permanently than any other event of the last thousand years. It still has profound lessons to teach us. The War is the case...
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To be sure, the higher interest rates borne of Trump’s profligate borrowing will deliver huge returns to his true base: the rich.(Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Saturday, October 13, 2018
The Market Weighs in on Trump’s Economic Policies
The almost 1,400 point, two day drop in the Dow was the market putting its money where its mouth is on Trump’s economic and trade policies. Like so much else that is of Trump, it’s ugly. Just as Trump was gifted $400+ million dollars from his father and claimed to be a Self Made Man, so, too, he...
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Monday, May 07, 2018
Michelle Wolf Didn’t Even Get Started
The contrived uproar over Michelle Wolf’s comedy routine at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner is just that—contrived. It doesn’t merit dignifying as even a tempest in a teapot. In truth, her act was surprisingly tame, muted, even reserved. It didn’t begin to roast the attendees in a manner...
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Sunday, March 04, 2018
A Teacher's Take on Arming Teachers
I am a high school teacher. You have to work pretty hard to come up with a stupider idea than arming teachers. Arming teachers is a ruse to distract us from the real problem, which is that it’s way too easy for disturbed people to get their hands on weapons of mass destruction. Arming teachers is a...
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Baby Trump Views
Sunday, January 14, 2018
A Year in Foreign Affairs: Trump as a Two-Year-Old
Have you ever seen a four-year-old and a two-year-old playing together with blocks? The four-year-old has the fine motor skills to be able to balance one block on top of another, slowly, meticulously building a small structure. The two-year-old doesn’t have the skills to build. Neither does it...
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Why Republicans Love Debt
One of the most successful deceits of modern times is that Republicans oppose government debt. In fact, Republicans love government debt and expand it whenever they can. It’s important to understand this fact. It’s even more important to understand why it is so and why Trump’s tax cut is a classic...
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Monday, December 11, 2017
Do Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Help the Economy?
Only liars and idiots believe Republican claims that their proposed tax cut is about helping the middle class. Everyone else understands it for what it is: a payoff by the Republicans to their wealthy masters. It is a measure of how grievously public discourse has become debauched that anything...
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Sunday, October 22, 2017
Vietnam War Protesters: Heroes or Traitors?
For fifty years the protesters of the Vietnam War have posed a challenge to American culture. What should we make of them? Were they rightful civic activists, facing down institutional injustice? Or were they providing “aid and comfort to the enemy,” the phrase used in the Constitution to define...
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A U.S. B-66 Destroyer and F-105 Thunderchief dropping bombs on North Vietnam during Operation Rolling Thunder on June 14, 1966. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons) Views
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Does Vietnam Even Matter Any More? Does Ken Burns?
Do you remember when, in first grade, you made mosaics out of colored construction paper? You carefully cut the different pieces of paper into little half inch tiles and patiently pasted them onto a bigger paper with many other little tiles to make a picture of a whale, or George Washington, or a...
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Monday, October 09, 2017
Why the US Lost the Vietnam War
For all of the self-satisfied voyeurism surrounding the Vietnam War, it’s hard to find a concrete idea about why the U.S. lost. For more than a decade, the U.S. had declared that it would not let Vietnam fall to the communists. Yet, Vietnam fell to the communists. Why? The absence of a clear...
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