A breakdown of U.S. unemployment rates by presidency, from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.
When UN Secretary-General U Thant requested U.S. military equipment for UN operations in the Congo, his request included an item that didn’t make much sense.
JFK never got to visit his presidential library. But that doesn’t mean he hadn’t already given it some thought. Here’s what he said about it in 1962.
A list of the dates and topics of National Security Council meetings in the George H.W. Bush administration from 1989 through 1992.
A list of the dates and topics of National Security Council meetings in the Reagan administration from 1981 through 1988.
A list of the dates and topics of National Security Council meetings in the Carter administration from 1977 through 1980.
A quote by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. is often used in recent years in talking about the Cuban Missile Crisis. But where and when did he say it?
A list of the dates and topics of National Security Council meetings in the Ford administration from 1974 through 1976.
U Thant was officially appointed Secretary General of the United Nations on November 30, 1962, meaning he could drop the “Acting” prefix that he had borne through his important role in the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
A list of the dates and topics of National Security Council meetings in the Nixon administration from 1969 through 1974.
A chronology of Thurgood Marshall’s nomination, confirmation, and appointment to the Supreme Court in the summer and fall of 1967.
A list of the dates and topics of National Security Council meetings in the Johnson administration from 1963 through 1968.
A map showing where active duty U.S. military forces are stationed in foreign countries as of June 30, 2014.
A complete list of the meetings of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council, a special group created by President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
A list of the dates and topics of National Security Council meetings in the Kennedy administration from 1961 through 1963.
Charts showing the growth and reduction in the number of British nuclear weapons over the past 60 years after the United Kingdom became the third member of the nuclear club.
After starting strong in a period of national mourning after JFK’s assassination, LBJ’s approval ratings slipped consistently as his disapproval ratings climbed.
A list of the dates and topics of National Security Council meetings in the Eisenhower administration from 1953 through 1961.
A list of the dates and topics of National Security Council meetings in the Truman administration from 1947 through 1953.
Tucked away in the files of the Pre-Presidential papers at the LBJ Library is a fascinating little collection of notes on the ExComm meetings during the Cuban Missile Crisis and its aftermath.
Despite the strongly negative view a large majority of Americans held of Nixon towards the end of his presidency, his average across his whole presidency was held up by strong approval ratings in the first years of his presidency.
As the Indian defenses crumbled in the face of the Chinese assault, Prime Minister Nehru sent two highly sensitive and remarkable letters to President Kennedy asking for help in fighting China.
The United States Intelligence Board was often referred to during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Here’s a list of its members at the time.
Here are how the numbers of active duty military personnel have fluctuated over the past 60 years through the Vietnam War, Cold War, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Shortly after Nikita Khrushchev backed down in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fidel Castro laid out five conditions he said needed to be met before a pledge from Kennedy not to invade Cuba could be taken seriously.
A complete list of American presidential inauguration dates from George Washington to Donald Trump.
President John F. Kennedy enjoyed very high public approval ratings compared with most modern presidents.
The trends of the number of U.S. Federal Government employees over the past half-century are surprising.
It worked for Adlai Stevenson when he missed his plane for a meeting at the White House on December 17, 1962.
There’s a fascinating op-ed in today’s New York Times by Pamela Druckerman comparing the American and French book-selling sectors.
When the unsuccessful challenger for the 1962 America’s Cup was on its way home to Sydney, it ran into the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade line.
The Fourteenth Day is now available in paperback, with a new preface. There’s also a brand new audiobook version on Audible.com (also available through Amazon.com), expertly read by Andy Caploe. You can find it here.
Four months after arriving as the British consul in Los Angeles, P.G.F. Dalton offered his observations of the city. He was not impressed.
Ben Bradlee wrote of the “harrowing experience” of playing golf with JFK in 1963.
When Anastas Mikoyan and his son visited Havana in the immediate aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, they found a very different city than they had seen on their first visit less than three years earlier.
“Free” digital historical archives are a wonderful byproduct of the digital. The promise of the internet is that we can get seemingly infinite amounts of material that was previously accessible only through visiting a remote archive. But unfortunately “free” isn’t necessarily the same thing as “without cost.” And the cost-incentive equation has now claimed another victim: Google’s newspaper scanning program.