Review: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders

By John Ruberry Season four of the post First World War-set British gangster drama Peaky Blinders returned to Netflix ten days ago. It aired last month on the BBC. Read my review of the first three seasons here. For the uninitiated, the show is about, yes, the Peaky Blinders; who are named for the razor … Continue reading Review: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders

World War I: Nineteen months that dramatically changed America

By John Ruberry This week marks the centennial of the United States' entry into World War I, then known as the Great War. Much of Europe had been engaged in widespread slaughter since 1914 when Congress, at the request of President Woodrow Wilson, voted to declare war on Germany on April 6, 1917. After the … Continue reading World War I: Nineteen months that dramatically changed America

Review: Peaky Blinders so far

By John Ruberry Most of the main characters in Hell on Wheels, my last Netflix binge-watching adventure, were shaped, and scarred, by the American Civil War. In this BBC 2 television show, Peaky Blinders, set in Birmingham, England beginning in 1919, World War I casts its shadow over the lead characters. Three seasons have been … Continue reading Review: Peaky Blinders so far

(Review) The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball

By John Ruberry As this decade winds down you can look for many 100th anniversary articles. They'll be a huge uptick of them next year to mark the centennial of America's entry into World War I, followed by more on the armistice that concluded "the war to end all wars" in 1918. The execution of … Continue reading (Review) The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball

The long way home : Amazon Vine Review

My review of David Laskin's latest: The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War is available at Amazon.com here. Considering the context of the current immigration debate it becomes timely while reminding people of a war all but forgotten.