Columnist: DG Martin

May. 26, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

Historian Leuchtenburg rates Obama

“How will historians rate Barack Obama’s presidency?”

Following up my conversation last week with historian William Leuchtenburg about the challenges Hillary Clinton faces in her campaign, I wanted him to begin to put Obama in historical perspective, a challenging task for anyone, but maybe not unfair to someone whose latest book, “The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton,” will be out in early December.


May. 19, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Historian Leuchtenburg on Hillary Clinton’s challenges

Is it too early to start putting the 2016 presidential election in historical perspective?

Maybe.

But it is never too early to ask presidential historian and UNC-Chapel Hill emeritus history professor William Leuchtenburg to size up today’s presidential politics in light of the experiences of other presidents and presidential candidates.


May. 16, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

Iconic Chapel Hill twins pass century mark

On April 20, Chapel Hill celebrated the 100th birthday of Barbara Stiles and Bernice Stiles Wade at their home on Gimghoul Road in Chapel Hill, where the tulips, azaleas, and other flowers were busting out in a cavalcade of colors — a scene that draws visitors to their garden and front yard every day during the spring—especially when that famous sign is up—the one that says “The Garden is Open.”


May. 12, 2015 @ 09:19 AM

Surprising heroes in a long struggle for justice

Why does a moderate, progressive journalist write a book critical of his political idol, Terry Sanford, the late governor and senator, and make a hero of Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis?


May. 05, 2015 @ 06:13 PM

Bad news for politicians – and the rest of us, too

I have some bad news for North Carolina politicians.

Some of your best friends are dying.

It is not people that I am thinking about.

It is restaurants.


Apr. 28, 2015 @ 06:32 PM

North Carolina and the U.S. – Mexico border

What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina?

A North Carolina author delivers pages of answers in a book about his journey along the entire border from Boca Chica in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico to San Diego, California, on the Pacific Ocean.


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 11:06 AM

Martin: Is the Civil War over?

One hundred and 50 years later, is the Civil War finally over?


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 06:48 AM

William Powell, dean of North Carolina history

When UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus William Powell died last week at the age of 95, North Carolina lost its dean of history. With constant help and support from his wife Virginia, he authored countless books and articles, including the preeminent history of our state, “North Carolina Through Four Centuries,” all 670 pages of it. Even though it is now 25 years since its publication, it is still the best.


Apr. 14, 2015 @ 08:11 AM

Jesse Helms, police dogs, World War I, Meck Dec and good N.C. eating

Here are five recent books, starting with a novel featuring a thinly disguised Jesse Helms, by North Carolina authors to put on your bedside reading table.


Apr. 07, 2015 @ 02:39 PM

Martin: Race and basketball, a transformative moment in 1944

If you just want to read about the incredible basketball game described by Scott Ellsworth in “The Secret Game, A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball’s Lost Triumph,” you can skip the first 250 pages. Then you can read about that secret game played in 1944 between a team of all-white college all-stars at the Duke medical school and the North Carolina College for Negroes Eagles.


Mar. 31, 2015 @ 08:33 AM

Where have all the heroes gone?

“Were you a part of the Army that made the Indians leave their homes?”

David, my 5-year-old grandson, had been learning about American Indians in his preschool.


Mar. 24, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

Martin: My trip to Norlina

Come on and go to Norlina with me!


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 03:57 PM

Bookwatch: Wolfram tells Tar Heel story

Is there something special about the way we talk here in North Carolina? The best person to answer is Walt Wolfram, who has studied the speech patterns in our state since 1992 when he became the first William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor of English Linguistics at N. C. State.


Mar. 17, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

Four good North Carolina books for the spring

If you are looking for an interesting book for springtime reading, I have four suggestions: A cookbook that will be fun to read. A book of stories from one of North Carolina’s rising stars. The story of a ’57 Chevy and its complicated, troubled and fascinating 13th owner who took it to Moyock in Currituck County for restoration. An award-winning story of a mother who writes letters to the son she gave up the day he was born.


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

D.G. Martin's Bookwatch: Ron Rash's 'Serena' to debut

It has been more than five years since Ron Rash first talked on North Carolina Bookwatch about his best-selling novel, “Serena.” UNC-TV is re-airing that program to coincide with the release of the movie, finally.