Ron Capshaw

Without Firing a Shot

Review: 'Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire' by Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney

When liberal historian John Patrick Diggins informed Arthur Schlesinger Jr. that he was writing a biography of Ronald Reagan, Schlesinger urged him not to make Reagan "look too good." But unlike Schlesinger, who made "his" president—John F. Kennedy—look too good (i.e., an Arthurian king who would have ended the Cold War had he dodged Lee Harvey Oswald's bullets), Diggins was an old-fashioned historian, the kind who followed the evidence no matter where it led.

Hopeless Idealism

Review: 'The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson And The World He Made' by Patricia O'Toole

At a celebrity fundraiser for then-candidate Howard Dean, Rob Reiner distanced his ideology from conservatives by declaring that to be a liberal meant "entertaining the possibility that you could be wrong."