George Washington: Tough general

by Bill Federer -- In the decades prior to the Revolutionary War, tensions arose between the two largest global powers: Britain, led by King George II, and France, led by King Louis more…

Astronauts: Much braver than anyone realizes

by Bill Federer -- "Godspeed, John Glenn," radioed backup-pilot Scott Carpenter from the blockhouse as the rockets fired up on Feb. 20, 1962. Astronaut John Glenn piloted Friendship 7, America's first mission more…

Revolutionary War produced '1 of rarest books'

by Bill Federer -- In colonial America, Bibles had to be imported from Britain as the British government strictly regulated the printing of religious materials. It was illegal to print Bibles in more…

Terror: Is it ever justified?

by Bill Federer -- France's King Louis XVI sent his navy and troops to help America gain independence from Britain, for which France gained very little in return, except enormous debt. On more…

The duel that changed history

by Bill Federer -- He intentionally fired into the air, but his political rival, Vice President Aaron Burr, took deadly aim and fatally shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel July 11, 1804. more…