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September 2013

Sanity: an obituary

by James Bowman

Connecting race, obituaries, and the sale of The Washington Post.


Helmets from “Washington’s NFL team” as Slate refers to it, refusing to use the name "Redskins."

As I may have mentioned once or twice before in the course of my periodical surveys of the media, I am something of a collector of military obituaries. Or perhaps I should say that I collect British military obituaries, since the British newspapers I read contain many more notices of Britain’s recently deceased and highly decorated veterans—nearly all of them with fascinating accounts of the actions for which they were awarded their medals—than the American ones do of American ones. Here, apart from local pap ...

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James Bowman is the author of Honor: A History (Encounter Books).


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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 32 September 2013, on page 61

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