As a semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in New Jersey during the 1930s, Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America delivers a vivid account of how this major American writer perceived the formative influences in his life. From childhood, it seemed to him that Jews in America faced myriad threats. His prize-winning novel depicts for that time and […]
I became interested in the work of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) while doing research for a book on the life of the American historian Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948). Jeffers and Beard both published books in 1948 that denounced the foreign policy of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for what they believed to be its warmongering character. Beard’s […]
The following article was first published by Responsible Statecraft under the title “An Appreciation: Chalmers Johnson’s writings on American empire” on April 12, 2020. It has been nearly ten years since Chalmers Johnson died, and twice that long since the publication of “Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire.” That Johnson’s condemnation of American imperialism […]
Meryle Secrest The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World’s First Desktop Computer Alfred A. Knopf. 304 pp., $30 The following review first appeared on Washington Decoded, February 11, 2020 under the title “An Industrial Saga Marred by Conspiracy-Mongering.” An award-winning author […]
Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana, Marc C. Johnson, University of Oklahoma Press, 486 pages The following book review first appeared in January/February print edition of The American Conservative under the title A Forgotten Rugged Patriot For ‘America First’ From his election in 1922 as United States senator from […]
Here is a link for information about The Journal of American History review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism. The full review cannot be posted at this time. The reviewer, Campbell Craig, notes, “Richard Drake has written a straightforward account of Beard’s rise and fall, based on an […]
Richard was recently interviewed by J.G. Michael, host of the Parallax Views Podcast on the subject of Charles Austin Beard. The title of the episode is Reevaluating the Forgotten Historian Charles Austin Beard and can be heard here.
In October 2019, Richard Drake’s book Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism was the subject of a roundtable review published by H-Diplo. Many thanks to Roundtable Editors Thomas Maddux and Diane Labrosse, and participants Lloyd Gardner, Emeritus, Rutgers University, Jerald A. Combs, San Francisco State University, Emeritus, Justus D. Doenecke, New College of Florida, […]
Academia’s Pursuit Of Corporate And Government Dollars Has Undermined Its Commitment To Learning
The following is a series of six interview videos which were recorded earlier this year by Richard and Leland Buck covering a range of questions about Charles Austin Beard, American politics and Beard’s Economic Interpretation of History. Why is it important to read Charles Beard today? What was Charles Beard’s economic interpretation of […]
The following review of Richard Drake’s Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism by Bill Kauffman first appeared in the American Conservative May/June 2019. Home Plate by BILL KAUFFMAN The American Conservative May/June 2019 Beard Was No Trimmer Those of us old enough to have employed and even believed the […]
The following review Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism by Andrew J. Bacevich first appeared March 21, 2019 on the website of The American Conservative. It is republished here by permision. Charles Beard: Punished for Seeking Peace by Andrew J. Bacevich Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of […]
Paul Buhle wrote an excellent review article which appeared on the Progressive Magazine’s website on February 20, 2019. The piece titled “Charles Beard: Bob La Follette’s Friend” is republished here with permission. Charles Beard: Bob La Follette’s Friend A new book corrects the record on the anti-imperialist historian—a close ally of “The Progressive’s” founder—whose work was […]
Richard was recently interviewed by Mark Klobas for the New Books Biography podcast and discussed at length his path from Italian history to the subjects of his two most recent books on Robert LaFollette and Charles Austin Beard.
Fabio Lavagno and Vladimiro Satta, Moro: L’inchiesta senza finale. Rome: Edup, 2018. 295 pp. €22.00. Reviewed by Richard Drake, University of Montana For Italians living in the 1960s and 1970s, Aldo Moro epitomized the country’s Christian Democratic political establishment. He had served in the country’s highest political offices, including stints as premier and foreign minister. […]