They say that history is the greatest of all teachers, and that tales of past deeds define who we are in the present, and what we shall be in the future. It is said that such tales shall with each telling illuminate us all with the light of truth. 

I liked this line so much I wrote it on the first page of my very first journal. Back when I was a pen and paper purist. These days I am likely more cynical and tend to align myself with the philosophy of Otto von Bismarck and his penchant for spiky helmets, epic level mustaches and Realpolitik…

Prince-Otto-von-Bismarck-addressing-the-German-ReichstagWhat we learn from History is that no one learns from History – Otto Von Bismarck. 


The Goggles of Erwin Rommel  – The apocryphal account on how Erwin Rommel came to own his signature goggles. 

The Gadsden Flag – Dont tread on me. 

The Assassination of Inejiro Asanuma – Pretty much the last time anyone got assassinated with a sword.

Christmas letter from Iwo Jima – Lieutenant Leonard Isacks heart wrenching letter from Iwo Jima  

The Stick-fighting president – Just one of the hundred reasons Theodore Roosevelt was the one of the greatest men that ever lived.

Luck – Marine Private First Class Jerry W. Garner and his lucky helmet.

Presence of mind – The tale of the Samurai Fujiware no Yasumasa and his flute

Sun Tzu and the King of Wu – Sun Tzu creates an army from among the Kings Harem.

Capitalism doesn’t work – Being a peasant was seriously gross.

Yankee Papa 13 – Excerpt from the LIFE article

Adam Long – Pulitzer prize winning photograph of a fire fighter.