Tim Smith-Laing reviews Emigrants: Why the English Sailed to the New World by James Evans With all the political focus on immigration to these shores, it is easy to forget that anyone ever leaves Britain.
STANTON Lincoln’s War Secretary By Walter Stahr Illustrated. 743 pp. Simon & Schuster. $35. During his second tour of America, in 1867, Charles Dickens dined in Washington with the secretary of war, McMasters
In the grade-school version of American history, the Revolutionary War seems like a righteous inevitability. The typical narrative conflates taxes with tyranny, casting the rebellion as a break from British