Paula Mahar

A child’s imagination is nourished by stories. For me, that love of stories as a child quickly combined with a love of history as fairy tales gave way to Nathan Hale, Elizabeth I, Constantine and so many other human landmarks of the past. Growing up in historically rich southwestern Pennsylvania inspired a passion for the tales of this country and the world beyond its borders, as I discovered that history’s cast of characters has never failed to mesmerize. The pursuit of a degree in journalism and employment as a library director merged my interests in writing and research, but always, the story remains paramount. As a writer, my goal is to fill the written word with images so that the reader is a participant in the page. If that connection takes place, then I feel that the writing has been successful.

B-29 “Kee Bird”: From Spy Plane to Polar Bear Playground

During the 2008 presidential election, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, then the Governor of Alaska, drew derisive smiles from many when she asserted that Russia could be seen from an island in her home state. While Governor Palin’s sense of the geopolitical tensions between the two countries may have lacked depth, her geographical assertion …

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Damaged USS Liberty one day (9 June 1967) after the attack.

The Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1964

The year 1967 was the Summer of Love in the United States, but while young people, hippies, peace activists and flower children flocked to Haight-Asbury, San Francisco to revel in counterculture music and pharmaceutical enhancements, the summer of ’67 in the Middle East  wasn’t flashing the peace sign.. The Six-Day War, a cataclysmic milestone in …

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Joseph Rochefort

Joseph Rochefort – The Forgotten Hero of the Battle of Midway

Joseph John Rochefort, the man whose decoding of the Japanese codebook led to the American victory at the Battle of Midway, had enemies other than the Empire of Japan. His feats at cryptanalysis were phenomenal, but not universally appreciated, particularly by the codebreakers in Washington, D.C.  Naval jealousy and internal machinations would rob Joseph Rochefort …

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Varosha (Maraş), a suburb of Famagusta, was abandoned when its inhabitants fled in 1974 and remains under military control

Operation Antila – The Turkish Invasion of Cyprus in 1974

Legend claims that Cyprus was the home of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and it could be said that, throughout its history, a succession of amorous empires including the Assyrians, the Persians, the Egyptians, and the Romans lusted after the Mediterranean jewel. However, by 1570, the Ottoman Empire, more familiar to us as Turkey, …

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Victory, Not Appeasement: Chamberlain and Hitler, Munich, 1938

Historians love to play “what if” with the people and places that populate the events that shape our destinies. So, according to writer and journalist Robert Harris, did Adolf Hitler. Of course, in Hitler’s case, the pondering on would have happened had he attacked France in September 1938 was not an abstract conundrum. As the …

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