Professor Buzzkill

About Professor Buzzkill

Professor Buzzkill sometimes goes by the alias Joseph Coohill, a historian of modern Britain and Ireland. In addition to his Oxford doctorate, Coohill has an MA in history from the University of Melbourne (where he was a big fan of Essendon Aussie Rules Football Club) and a BA from Humboldt State University in California (where he was the only non-stoner). He is the author of Ideas of the Liberal Party and Ireland: a Short History (4 editions), as well as many articles and internet pieces on history.

May 2020

Philip Nash, Breaking Protocol: America’s First Female Ambassadors 1933-1964

By |2020-05-20T16:52:28-04:00May 18th, 2020|Bookshelf|

“It used to be,” soon-to-be secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright said in 1996, “that the only way a woman could truly make her foreign policy views felt was by marrying a diplomat and then [...]

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Breaking Protocol: America’s First Female Ambassadors Part 1

By |2020-05-21T14:01:14-04:00May 18th, 2020|Myths|

 Professor Philip Nash tells us the history of America's First Female Ambassadors, the "Big Six," and how they carved out their rightful place in history.  He explains how these trailblazers helped pave the way [...]

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G. Gordon Liddy, Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy

By |2020-05-20T16:53:09-04:00May 9th, 2020|Bookshelf|

From soldier to Washington insider; from a prisoner who preferred the walls of a prison rather than the betrayal of his principles; to a writer and top radio personality, G. Gordon Liddy is a hero [...]

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Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine, The Fireside Conversations: America Responds to FDR During the Great Depression

By |2020-05-20T16:53:51-04:00May 8th, 2020|Bookshelf|

“My friends, I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States about banking.” So began the first of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous Fireside Chats, which came on the heels [...]

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Fireside Chat on the 1943 Tehran and Cairo Conferences: FDR Friday!

By |2020-05-08T14:34:22-04:00May 8th, 2020|Myths|

Our final FDR Friday takes us to Christmas Eve, 1943, roughly half-way through the United States’ involvement in World War II. President Roosevelt had just returned from the Middle East, where he held important conferences [...]

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Louis S. Warren, Buffalo Bill’s America: William Cody and the Wild West Show

By |2020-05-20T16:54:17-04:00May 5th, 2020|Bookshelf|

William Cody (1846—1917), a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, was the most famous American of his age. A child of the frontier Great Plains, Cody was renowned as a Pony Express rider, prospector, trapper, Civil War soldier, professional [...]

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April 2020

Fireside Chat on National Defense: FDR Friday!

By |2020-04-30T21:57:44-04:00April 30th, 2020|Myths|

Hello, Buzzkillers. There’s no need to explain the reasons for these FDR Fridays anymore. The contrast between FDR’s Fireside Chats in the 30s and 40s, and whatever it is that we’re calling what’s coming out [...]

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Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine, The Fireside Conversations: America Responds to FDR During the Great Depression

By |2020-05-19T14:52:17-04:00April 30th, 2020|Bookshelf|

Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine, The Fireside Conversations: America Responds to FDR During the Great Depression. “My friends, I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States [...]

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