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Feb 22, 2010 at 4:49pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Ron Howard is no stranger to American history. Having found great success with APOLLO 13 and A BEAUTIFUL MIND, 2005's CINDERELLA MAN disappointed in its profits. So Howard went smaller. He looked to the stage and Peter Morgan's critically acclaimed play "Frost/Nixon."


Feb 22, 2010 at 4:32pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Laura Hillenbrand probably never anticipated her non-fiction horseracing book would become a Best Picture nominee, grossing more than $120 million at the box office. Gary Ross set out to make a period film that would hopefully capture the hearts of movie audiences, just as his equine subject did sixty-five years earlier.

“Black Hawk Down”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:26pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Black Hawk Down
While many history-based films struggle to recreate the past because of the sheer lack of available record, films that focus on more recent history have a distinct advantage. Such is the case with Ridley Scott’s BLACK HAWK DOWN, based largely on Mark Bowden’s book of the same name.

“Motives for the Assassination”

Jan 28, 2011 at 4:18pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Motives for the Assassination
The public in 1865 had no trouble comprehending John Wilkes Booth's motive in striking at Lincoln and members of his administration...
from The Conspirator 14 comments

“Apollo 13”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:25pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Apollo 13
Less than a year after Apollo 11 introduced a world where man had walked on the moon, NASA was far from finished sending its finest back, even if the rest of civilization was losing interest. In 1995, the world took interest again in the space program, thanks to Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's APOLLO 13.


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  • Bertrojo
    06/23/2017 at 5:34pm


    About four years ago i bought a book on Lincoln at a flea market. I noticed that in the book was a card. Taking out the card it has the signature of JAG Holt. I have this card but have learned that his signature was forged on his will. So I really don't know if it is authentic. But it certainly is exciting to have it.
    Can someone help me. email
    Love all history and living in Fredericksburg and across from Slaughter Pen keeps it alive.

    from The Private Life of Mary Surratt
  • adamvoges
    04/28/2017 at 11:51am


    Is it right to show mercy just because of someone's gender and age? The law should be same for everyone.A guilty should be punished well, so as do Mary Surratt.

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
  • TigerDad
    02/03/2016 at 4:55pm


    Has anyone read Mike Whetstone's book MADNESS IN MOGADISHU? (Stackpole)
    Would be interesting to learn what others think about the rescue efforts of the 10th Mountain Division troops and how they prepared for such an eventuality. Such efforts could be the basis for a sequel.

    from Black Hawk Down
  • Palette
    11/28/2015 at 4:32pm


    I would just like to point out that the image of Mary Surratt in the slideshow on this site has been heavily retouched to the point of changing the structure of her face, especially her nose. It is a dishonest image of Mary. The result of these alterations make her appearance more feminine, softer and more refined than she actually looked. There are two photographs of Mary Surratt. This altered version has been derived from the picture of a younger Mary. At the time of her involvement in the conspiracy she looked more like the photo of her when she was clearly older and heavier.

    from The Private Life of Mary Surratt
  • AZIronwood
    08/31/2015 at 4:03am


    No question Black Hawk Down is a riveting movie and portrays the Ranger/Delta perspectives of that historical event. But what about the efforts of the 10th Mountain Division QRF that faced the insurmountable odds of rescuing the downed unit? Little is told of their courageous actions or the leadership involved during those maddening hours of combat. To get an appreciation for who those rescuers were (and are) and how they trained to prepare for such an eventuality, viewers and readers of Black Hawk Down owe it to themselves to read Mike Whetstone's newly released book "Madness in Mogadishu." It might help to explain the Somalia experience beyond that associated with the award-winning movie. AZIronwood

    from Black Hawk Down
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“Historians View the Assassination”

87 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved. More

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

73 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters. More

“Slavery, race, and the assassination”

56 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

On the evening of April 11, 1865, a large crowd gathered on the south lawn of the White House in Washington to hear President Abraham Lincoln deliver a speech from a second-floor balcony... More

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