What We Should Talk About When We Talk About Guns

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Love them or hate them, chances are if you were raised in America someone in your family owned a gun. James Stafford tells his family tale of firearms, and of the event that holstered his forever.



In this excerpt, Eric Norris writes about an awkward, thoughtful conversation with his Japanese-American boyfriend, both men recalling their fathers’ roles in World War II.

Why Do Men Still Love the Film The Great Escape?

Film "The Great Escape" 1963

To mark the 70th anniversary of the mass escape from Stalag Luft III, Glen Poole examines the enduring masculine appeal of the Great Escape

The Problem With Japanese Superheroes

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A swastika isn’t an acceptable costume; the rising sun shouldn’t be either.

Watch How This Soldier’s Courageous Call Saved Lives (Video)

Watch How This Soldier's from On Being

On a dark night two weeks after D-Day, Jack Leroy Tueller silences a German sniper—in a most surprising way.



Rescue comes from unexpected hands in Gary Bouchard’s breathtaking tribute to his veteran father.

When Does a War Truly End?


Thomas Pluck believes that wars battle on until everyone touched by them is dead. And on and on they go.

Little-Known Hero of World War II Dies at 101

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Bob Fletcher risked a lot when, in the middle of World War II, he quit his job so he could become a farmer to help the Japanese families forced to live in internment camps.

Goodwill Returns WWII Treasure to Family of Veteran

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Early last week, a box of World War II medals, awards, and mementos was discovered at a Missouri Goodwill; the owner’s family was overwhelmed to hear that they would be returned home.

Kids and Toy Guns: Pretend Battles Rage On, Long Past Newtown


With his kids, Carter Gaddis straddles a line between regulating imaginative gun play and banning it

Iris: The Story of a Polio Mother


The story of a boy from Hardscrabble, Illinois, and his courageous mother.

Dear Liberals, There is No Satisfaction to Be Had in the Tragic Death of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

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Joanna Schroeder is stunned by the ways in which some liberals are responding to the murder of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle at the hands of a Marine with PTSD.

A Benign Man in Bad Times: Dan Vyleta’s The Quiet Twin


Dan Vyleta turns a WWII thriller into a book of extraordinary questions.

That Smell: A Wounded Marine Reflects on Veterans Day


James Brobyn, a recipient of the Purple Heart, recalls war through olfaction

When Good Men Die, Little Girls Lose a Grandpa

Alexis Gutter and Irvin Cohen, August 1994

Alexis Gutter remembers fondly the stories her grandparents told, and the way that affected her life.

Reflections of a U.S. Jew in Poland


Professor Warren Blumenfeld writes of how the dynamic and palpable tension of history still exists today