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Schindler’s List on E-Bay

The story of Oskar Schindler and the Jews he saved during World War II has spawned a world renowned, Oscar-winning film and prize-winning novel. Now the last known original copy of Schindler’s list, as its now known, is set to be put up for auction on eBay with a reserve price of  3 million dollars.

Palau’s Bomb Squads

In just 4 years, 23,000 WW2 bombs have been removed from tourist haven Palau. Yet with thousands more littering the island, the legacy of battle remains a deadly threat to people, economy and environment.

“Over there in the mangroves is a 100kg bomb sticking out,” points Steve Ballinger of the demining organization Cleared Ground. The inhabitants of the island are still coming to grips with the extent of the threat. Every search uncovers more bombs: in the waters, caves and even people’s backyards. Acid leaking out of the bombs poisons the water and the animals that people eat. As the race to remove the bombs becomes more hazardous, this report from SBS Australia captures the dangerous task of cleaning up an old mess.


Did FDR End the Depression?

President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal has long been credited with rescuing the nation from the Great Depression of the 1930s. Lee Ohanian, an economics professor at UCLA, challenges this conventional wisdom in a provocative examination of FDR’s economic policies. H/T Prager University

The Manhattan Project

World War II’s Manhattan Project ushered in the Atomic Age. On the one hand, the project led to the development of the first nuclear bombs, but it also produced a wealth of new scientific knowledge from which mankind is still reaping the rewards today. Hank Green looks back at that massive project and its enormous consequences in this edition of the SciShow.


Day of Infamy

On this date, in 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor — one of the darkest days in American history. Pundit Dick Morris examines what led up to Pearl Harbor and the fallout from the surprise attack.

On a side note, we read where Fox News programming chief Bill Shine has issued a memo to producers limiting Morris’ on-air time, as well as pushing Karl Rove to the backburner. Shine’s excuse for his knee-jerk call: “The election’s over.” Maybe so, but if Shine thinks the razor-thin election results justify a purge, we beg to differ. Those of us who watch that channel can boycott Fox just as easily as MSNBC. If Shine doesn’t adjust his attitude, we should go on the offensive to teach that pinhead a lesson he won’t soon forget.

The Churchill Thrillers

Winston Churchill is a dashing historical figure. “Churchill was more fun than anyone else in the 1930s,” says writer and TV news producer Patrick McMenamin. “He drank, he smoked cigars and he had better one-liners than anyone else.” McMenamin and his father, Michael, are the creators of a new series of novels, the Winston Churchill Thrillers, which have been described as “Winston Churchill meets Indiana Jones.”

The novels unfold from 1929-1939 — the era when Churchill was often a lone voice in the wilderness, defending democracy against the rising tides of Communism, fascism and Nazism. The McMenamins don’t present Churchill battling alone, however, but in concert with an American sidekick, a fictional son of Rep. Bourke Cochran, D-NY. Cochran was, in reality, a mentor to Churchill and held beliefs that would be considered strikingly libertarian today.

Says Patrick McMenamin, “This guy actually existed. It’s amazing to me that there actually was an American politician who was libertarian in almost every sense of the word. Unfortunately, he didn’t have any children, but we created one and gave him Indiana Jones-type of adventures.” H/T Reason.TV

Thinking Man’s John Wayne

Comedian Jon Stewart once called Harry Truman a war criminal for ordering the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, although Stewart later recanted his “stupid” remark after it elicited a firestorm of criticism. Today, on the 67th anniversary of Little Boy being dropped on Hiroshima, some more seasoned and veteran perspective on that historic event is offered by Jack H. McCall Jr., author of two companion histories of WWII. McCall says many of the soldiers fighting in the Pacific Theater kissed the ground upon hearing of Truman’s decision, knowing he had averted the deaths of more than one million GIs who likely would have been killed if a ground invasion of Japan had taken place.

One of McCall’s books examines the war through the perspective of Professor Christopher Donner, who McCall bills as “the thinking man’s John Wayne,” a trained historian fluent in multiple languages who nevertheless volunteered for the US Marines, serving in the fierce battles on Okinawa. Among Donner’s recollections: His fateful encounter with US Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr., the son of a Kentucky governor and the highest-ranking US officer killed in combat during WWII.

McCall shares anecdotes from his books with Glenn Reynolds on PJTV’s InstaVision.

Freedom’s Forge

Dick Morris travels back in time to World War II and traces how the United States built the world’s most formidable military-industrial machine within a span of a few years. With the encouragement of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the miraculous feat was accomplished by a capitalist czar handpicked from the automotive industry, William Signius Knudsen, who applied free market principles to spur increased production.

Morris cites a book called Freedom’s Forge by Arthur Herman that analyzes how the Danish-born Knudsen could so quickly achieve such a dramatic turnaround. Now, if only today’s Democrats could remember their own party’s past triumphs, instead of smearing those entrepreneurs trying to build businesses in the current, tough economic climate. H/T Capitalist Preservation

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