The potential meltdown of the global financial system is like nothing we've seen for 80 years. Is long-term investing possible any more? How long until the economy starts growing again?
The financial crisis is having a disproportionate impact on New York, not only because we've lost major Wall Street firms and damaged our employment base, but also because of the possible longer-term effect on real-estate values and...
Benno Schmidt and Philip C. Bobbitt talk about the spectre of terrorism in modern life and how it has affected the way we interpret the U.S. Constitution.
This fall, the New-York Historical Society presents an exciting new three-part program series in which distinguished historians will look back at the beginnings of their careers and at the historians and works that influenced...
In this intimate memoir of a mentor/protégé relationship, Richard Brookhiser takes a personal look at the late William F. Buckley, Jr.—a media celebrity of the last generation—against the backdrop of political life from the Vietnam War.
A ghost has inhabited the Oval Office since 1945—the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death.
Niall Ferguson tells the story of Siegmund Warburg, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany who rose to become one of the dominant figures in finance in post-war Europe. He was one of the architects of European financial integration and a key advisor to governments in London, Tokyo and Jerusalem. An obsessive perfectionist with an aversion to excessive risk, Warburg came to embody the ideals of high finance and was as much a psychologist, politician, and actor-manager as he was a banker.
This program tells the story of the Hemings family, whose close blood ties to the third president of America had been systematically expunged from history until very recently. Two speakers trace the Hemingses from their origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Thomas Jefferson's death in 1826, bringing to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson, but the entire family and their compelling saga.
When Americans think of the founding fathers, one man is consistently overlooked by historians and the general public: Samuel Adams. Adams, "the patriarch of liberty," as Jefferson called him, was critical to independence. He was responsible for planning and instigating the Boston Tea Party; he successfully demanded the withdrawal of British troops from Boston after the Boston Massacre; he signed the Declaration of Independence; and he was a pivotal swing vote in favor of ratifying the Constitution.
He was a delegate to the Continental Congress, the Father of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, a founder of his party, and one of the first presidents of the United States.