Archive for February, 2013

Peace is at hand

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Is that really the Quote?  I swear I saw that in Ambrose this time but I can’t imagine HK uttering a phrase he would know to be so closely associated with appeasement and Chamberlain and WWII.  Maybe it was some kind of code.

But her he is, a “brilliant”, “megalomaniac”, whose self-confidence knew no bounds.    What else can you make of A&B’s assessment of HK?  Was he a war criminal?




Was he just a doddering old man?

and how was his, and Nixon’s, foreign policy?

Gott Chapter 6

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Inside the Soviet camp Gott 7

Monday, February 11th, 2013


“Inside the Soviet camp.”  Lets start by reflecting on that title.  Castro in 1961 in the last chapter and here again in Africa and Latin America, is trying to assert himself as a leader of the “Non-aligned” movement.  Why then, does Gott title these years, up to 1985 as “inside the Soviet camp?”

Terms?  I would probably include Brezhnev, Ksyogin, Allende (in the picture above) Angola, Kissinger (just because he shows up and we know him so well) and certainly the Mariel Boat-lift.  Carter is probably an important one as well and possibly Grenada and/or the Sandinistas.

Events in South Africa also deserve your scrutiny.  Sorry for the skipping of chapter 6 but I think you’ll see it works out OK.


Chap 5 Gott – Castro’s Revolution takes shape

Thursday, February 7th, 2013



New Book.

New unit.

You have to look things up.

What is the signifigance of the above picture?  Yes that is who you think it is.

The July 26th movement?

Jose Marti?

the Granma?

Herbert Matthews?

Fangio? (kidding, but it is interesting)


the hotel in NYC?

Find all of those references in the reading and you should be set for the quiz!

What I find most interesting here is Gott’s perspective on the relationship between Fidel and communisim.  Hope you enjoy it!

Oh, and then there’s this.  Nixon’s car getting attacked.