Category: History

The Spontaneous Christmas Truces

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The odds are pretty good that you’ve never heard of Bertie Felstead. And yet, when he died in 2001, the New York Times, the Economist and many British newspapers published articles about his life. Most folks who get famous do it when they’re young. Then they fade from view and we hear about them again only when  »  Read More

How three men in suits made Apollo 11 a success

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October 5, 1957 was mild for October in New York City. I usually don’t remember the details of weather on a specific date, but that night was special. My family and several other people went to the roof of our apartment building and scanned the skies for Russia’s Sputnik, which had been launched the day before. The  »  Read More

When the crisis comes, it is too late to prepare

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Bishop Hanns Lilje was imprisoned by Hitler but I didn’t know that when I met him. For me he was a genial man who laughed often. I considered him one of my father’s many German pastor friends. Then I read his book, The Valley of the Shadow. That book is no longer in print, but in a few pages it told about  »  Read More

Simple Leadership Lessons from George Marshall

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George Catlett Marshall served the United States in many ways. As Chief of Staff of the Army he prepared a quite unprepared army for the Second World War. During the war he was also the chief military advisor to President Roosevelt. After the war he served as Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State. He created the  »  Read More