“Imperialism in American Foreign Policy” An Interview with David Rosenberg of KPFA News in San Francisco

On 16 December, Richard gave an interview to David Rosenberg of KPFA News in San Francisco, on “Imperialism in American Foreign Policy.” He commented on the historical origins of American imperialism, citing the work of historians William Appleman Williams and Charles Austin Beard as the two major historians of our course of empire. He also […]


Fascism Past and Present: Richard Drake interviewed on The PAMU Podcast

On Tuesday, 1 December, Richard participated in a podcast hosted by the Philosophy Anti-Marginalization Union. Other participants in the podcast were Julia Schiwal, a research analyst for the United States Institute of Peace at The George Washington University, and Jason Uexhell. The idea of the podcast is to interview historians, philosophers, and pop culture philosophy […]


Robert Zaller’s Jeffer Studies Review of Charles Austin Beard

Charles A. Beard was an historian; Robinson Jeffers a poet. They never met or corresponded, and only once referred to each other in print. Yet their paths crossed fatefully in their opposition to World War II, and, although no one has hitherto sought to systematically compare them, their names remain coupled by this to the […]


The Plot Against America

The Exact Moment ‘Plot Against America’ Takes A Nose Dive

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 […]


Charles Austin Beard and Robinson Jeffers: A Historian and a Poet Against the American Empire

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 […]


Chalmers Johnson’s writings on American empire

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 […]


Book Review: The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti by Meryle Secrest 1

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 […]

Camillo Olivetti in the 1930s

Montana Senator Burton K. Wheeler

Book Review: Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana 1

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 […]


Journal of American History review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism

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 […]


H-Diplo Roundtable XXI-9 on Charles Austin Beard

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, […]


The Crisis of University Research 2

Academia’s Pursuit Of Corporate And Government Dollars Has Undermined Its Commitment To Learning


VIDEOS: Richard Drake on Charles Beard

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 […]


Bill Kauffman’s American Conservative review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism

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 […]


Andrew J. Bacevich’s review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism

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 […]