The Advocates: “The End of WWII and the Beginning of the Cold War,” Father Wilson Miscamble, Professor of History, Notre Dame University.

April 13, 2016

Rev. Wilson D. (Bill) Miscamble, C.S.C. joined the permanent faculty at Notre Dame in 1988. The Australian native was born on July 23, 1953, and educated at the University of Queensland, from which he graduated in 1973 and obtained a master’s degree three years later.  In 1976 he came to Notre Dame to pursue graduate studies in history.  He received his doctoral degree in 1980.  He then served for two years as North American analyst in the Office of National Assessments, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Canberra, Australia. In August of 1982 he returned to Notre Dame and entered the priestly formation program of the Congregation of Holy Cross.  He was ordained a priest on April 9, 1988.  In the History Department he teaches at all levels from first year courses to doctoral seminars.  He chaired the History Department from 1993 to 1998.  In addition to his responsibilities on the history faculty, he has served (2000-04) as Rector and Superior of Moreau Seminary, the principal formation site for the Congregation of Holy Cross in North America.  Fr. Miscamble’s primary research interests are American foreign policy since World War II and the role of Catholics in 20th century U.S. foreign relations.  His book entitled George F. Kennan and the Making of American Foreign Policy, 1947-1950 was published in 1992 by Princeton University Press and received the Harry S. Truman Book Award.  He also has authored Keeping the Faith, Making a Difference (2000), and edited American Political History: Essays on the State of the Discipline [with John Marszalek] (1997), and Go Forth and Do Good: Memorable Notre Dame Commencement Addresses (2003).  His 2007 book From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima and the Cold War was published by Cambridge University Press and received the Harry S. Truman Book Award in 2008. More recently Father Miscamble has published The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs and the Defeat of Japan (2011) and For Notre Dame: Battling for the Heart and Soul of a Catholic University (2013).  He also has published a number of other articles, essays and reviews. Father Miscamble has notable interests in the areas of Catholic higher education and Catholics and public life and he lectures and writes on these topics.  During the 2013-14 academic year he held a visiting appointment as the Paluch Chair in Theology at Mundelein Seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago.




The Advocates: “Roosevelt’s 3rd Term and Working with Mondale and Carter!” with Richard Moe

April 6, 2016

Richard Moe has had a distinguished career in government, law, historic preservation and as a writer.  A native of Minnesota, he was educated at Williams College and the University of Minnesota Law School.  At an early age he served in administrative positions in state and local government before being elected chairman of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party.

In 1972 he was asked to serve as chief of staff to Senator Walter Mondale and then in the same capacity to Vice President Mondale.  In the course of helping to shape what has become known as the “modern vice presidency,” President Jimmy Carter named Moe as a member of his own senior staff, the first vice presidential aide so designated.

After twelve years as a partner at the law firm of Davis Polk and Wardwell, Moe wrote an acclaimed Civil War history, The Last Full measure – The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers.  In the course of researching the book he became involved in Civil War battlefield preservation, which in turn led to a broader interest in historic preservation.  From 1993 to 2010 he served as president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation where, early in his tenure, he helped rally prominent historians such as David McCullough, James McPherson and Shelby Foote to stop a Disney theme park from being built in the historic Northern Piedmont of Virginia.   He also led the national effort to restore historic New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. 

His goal of making historic preservation more relevant to more people included initiatives focusing on community revitalization, sustainability and public lands.  Toward that end he co-authored Changing Places – Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl.  In 2007 he received the Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building museum, and the same year he received the Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Historical Association as “an individual outside the historical profession who [has] made a significant contribution to the study, teaching and understanding of history.” Moe has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Ford Foundation from 1998 to 2010.  His new book, Roosevelt’s Second Act – The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War, was published in September 2013, has been selected by Oxford University Press to be included in its Pivotal Moments in American History Series. He and his wife Julia divide their time between Washington D.C. and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


The Advocates: “The Real China and the Mirage” with James Bradley

April 5, 2016

James Bradley is the fourth child of Iwo Jima flag raiser, John "Doc" Bradley. Raised in Wisconsin, Bradley studied at the University of Notre Dame, Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan and graduated with a degree in East Asian History from the University of Wisconsin. Bradley has vast experience writing and producing corporate films and corporate meetings; he has traveled the world, living and working in more than 40 countries for nearly a decade. Bradley has run companies in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. He has jumped out of airplanes at 15,000 feet, has scuba-dove in deep waters worldwide, trekked to Mount Everest's base camp and walked among lions in Africa. He is an avid reader of history, enjoys discovering exotic cuisine, cliff diving, golfing and snow skiing.

For many years, the James Bradley Peace Foundation and Youth For Understanding have sent American students to live with families overseas. Perhaps in the future when we debate whether to fight it out or talk it out, one of these Americans might make a difference.

He remains a professional motivational speaker and he is the author of Flag of Our Fathers, Flyboys, and The Imperial Cruise. His later book, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia is his fourth book and it details America's involvement in China since the early 19th Century, from the heights of opium trade, through the conclusion of the Second World War and Mao Zedong's rise to power. He divides his time between homes in New York's Westchester County, and Jamaica.



The Advocates: “The Irish Immigration and the Rise of Tammany Hall and the political Machines!” with Dr. Terry Golway

April 5, 2016

Terry Golway is the Senior Editor at Politico New York, a former professor of history at Kean University and a longtime journalist and historian.

Terry Golway was the director of the John Kean Center for American History at Kean University in Union, N.J. A former member of the New York Times Editorial Board and city editor of the New York Observer. Dr. Golway served as a consultant to the Museum of the City of New York for its 2008 exhibit, “Catholics in New York,” and he edited a book of essays about Catholics in New York published by Fordham University Press.  He was awarded his PhD from Rutgers University. Dr. Golway has appeared on several documentaries on PBS and the History Channel. He has been a guest speaker at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Society of the Cincinnati of New England, New York University’s Ireland House, the New College of California, Catholic University of America, and Fordham University’s Bishop Hughes Center for Culture and Religion. He has been a frequent contributor to American Heritage, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times. Mr. Golway previously appeared on The Advocates on February 1, 2012 and January 27, 2010 with discussions about “FDR at 130 Years Old and the New Right Revisionism,” and his book, “FDR – Together We Cannot Fail.”


Roosevelt and Stalin, Their partnership that won the war and the lost peace! With Susan Butler- March 27, 2016

March 24, 2016

The Advocates hosts, Susan Butler, author of “Roosevelt and Stalin,” and she will discuss, “Their Relationship, the War and the Lost Peace!”

Susan Butler was a freelance writer whose work regularly appeared in The New York Times and Barron’s. Her interest in journalism dates back to her college years at Bennington where she was the editor of the newspaper. She later went on to Columbia University where she earned an MA from the School of Arts and Sciences. She now lives in Lake Wales, Florida.   


Butler’s first book, “East to Dawn,” was a biography of Amelia Earhart. Butler became interested in Amelia Earhart because she was courageous, glamorous and had achieved fame and fortune by virtue of her own natural talents.

Butler also had her personal motivations. Both her grandmother and mother fell in love with flying in the thirties, when most people were still afraid to get into an airplane, Butler’s grandmother and grandfather had a plane and a pilot to fly them. Butler’s mother was one of the few women pilots back then, flew in her shiny red Waco, and was a member of the Ninety Nines, the women's flying organization which Amelia Earhart helped start.

It became a successful bestseller. Published in 1997 The Washington Post called it “The single best book that we now have on Earhart’s life.” She was interviewed on C-Span’s ‘Note Books’ by Brian Lamb. The book was the basis for the movie Amelia starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere that came out in 2009.


She is the author of “My Dear Mr. Stalin: The Complete Correspondence of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin" was published by Yale University Press in 2005. Stumbling upon forgotten WWII correspondences of Roosevelt and Stalin at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York, Butler immediately recognized their importance and went on to compile the book. “My Dear Mr. Stalin” offers a revealing look into the minds of two great men through the progression of the war, beginning with a letter Roosevelt wrote to Stalin offering aid to the Soviet Union and ending with a message approved by Roosevelt only minutes before he was struck down by a cerebral hemorrhage in 1945.

It has been extensively reviewed in London, where it has provoked a firestorm of criticism, because the messages between Roosevelt and Stalin by their nature and subject reveal Churchill’s role as of secondary strategic importance in the progress of the war.

Her book, “Roosevelt and Stalin, Portrait of a Partnership,” published in March, 2015, is the first book that solely and fully explores for the first time the complex partnership during World War II between FDR and Stalin. Together they saved the world from Hitler. Two elements have combined to prevent a prior reassessment of their relationship. First, the crimes Stalin committed against his own people have obscured his critical contribution to the war, and to the peace. Second, Churchill’s account of World War II downgraded Stalin’s role, and his relationship to Roosevelt. Churchill was the master historian of the age, but he wrote history not as it happened but as how he wanted it to be seen. “History will be kind to me,” he said to an associate during the war, “for I intend to write it.”



The Advocates hosts Mayor Philip Levine of Miami Beach and he will make “The Argument for Hillary!” March 6, 2016

March 2, 2016

For almost 30 years, Philip Levine has been an integral member of the Miami Beach community. Over the years, Philip has established a number of successful Miami Beach-based businesses, creating hundreds of job opportunities for local and area residents while contributing to the city’s tax-revenue base. Because he believes in making a difference, he’s also an active member of local philanthropic organizations.

Currently, Philip is CEO of Royal Media Partners, an exclusive partner of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. From its Alton Road offices, Royal Media Partners handles the creation of all the media for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises ships sailing in the Caribbean and Alaska.

Philip is actively involved with the Clinton Global Initiative, an organization that implements innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. He is also on the board of directors for Best Buddies International, the Miami-based nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. In 2010, Philip was tapped by President Obama’s Secretary of Commerce to serve on a Task Force advising on U.S. tourism. Through his work on the Task Force, Philip is working to strengthen the nation’s growing international tourism industry—which in turn strengthens our economy.

In November 2013, Philip was elected Mayor of Miami Beach. Philip Levine was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to South Florida at the age of 10. He has called Miami Beach his home since the late 1980s. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Political Science.



The Advocates hosts Professor Donald Goldstein and discusses American Preparedness and Worldwide Challengers – February 28, 2016

February 24, 2016

Donald M. Goldstein, Ph.D. (University of Denver) is a retired Air Force officer who served for 22 years. He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Public and International Affairs at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.  He has taught at the Air Force Academy,the Air War College, the Air Command and Staff College,the University of Tampa, Troy State University and the University of Pittsburgh.  A former Associate Dean at this school, he is currently on the faculties of Asian Studies, Eastern European, Western European, and the Honors College programs at the University of Pittsburgh.   He is currently the Associate Director of the Matthew Ridgway Center for International Security Studies.

Dr.Goldstein is author or co-author of over 70 articles and 27 books.  His most famous is At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor, which is in its 20thprinting.  The book was first runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and was on the New York Times best seller list for 47 weeks.  His book, Miracle at Midway, was on the bestseller lists for 9 weeks.  Other books by Goldstein and his associates include December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History, The Williwaw War (the story of the Arkansas national guard in World War II Alaska), Target Tokyo: The Story of the Sorge Spy Ring, Nuts: The Story of the Battle of the Bulge, D-Day Normandy, The Spanish-American War, Vietnam, The Korean War, Fading Victory: The Autobiography of Admiral M. Ugaki, The Pearl Harbor Papers,and a biography of Amelia Earhart.  All the above books were Book-of-the-Month Club, History Book Club or Military Book Club selections.

Averaging over 200 talks a year to radio, TV and civic organizations, Dr. Goldstein has been awarded two Peabody awards for work on “Pearl Harbor: Two Hours that Changed the World” with David Brinkley (ABC), and “D-Day: A Soldier’s Story”with Peter Jennings (ABC).  His teaching awards include: 14 straight teaching certificates for outstanding teaching fromthe Graduate School of Public and International Affairs; 7 times teacher of the year, Air Command and Staff College; award for teaching excellence from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA, 1999).  In 2002, he was awarded the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Pittsburgh.His latest book is about Jimmy Doolittle and the Bombing of Tokyo.

In addition to his Ph.D. from the University of Denver, Dr. Goldstein holds a Bachelor of Arts, three Masters Degrees and is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College. He is a consultant for ABC, NBC, NHK, the Discovery Channel, A&E,the History Channel, and the Disney Channel. He is currently working on two books:  World War I and World War II in the Southwest Pacific, to be published in 2003.  Professor Goldstein is a contributor to such programs as Good Morning America, the Today Show, Larry King Live and C-Span.  He is married with four children.  He and his wife, Marianne,reside in Florida.



The Advocates with Professor John Loase, discusses, “The Power of Uncertainty” on February 21, 2016

February 18, 2016

Dr. John Loase, a life-long native of Westchester County, is a Professor of Math at Concordia College and served formerly as Professor of Math at SUNY-Westchester Community College. He has had a long career in academics that has spanned decades in both the public and private secondary schools and colleges of Westchester and New York. He has authored over thirty publications including eight interdisciplinary books, including; The Sigfluence Generation , Statistics Made Easy,  which was an outgrowth of a National Science Foundation’s sponsored program in Mathematical Modeling that he directed, and The Power of Uncertainty, which argues for the Liberal Arts. He has been an active lecturer and has been involved in numerous workshops on Advanced Statistics, Mathematical Modeling, among other disciplines.

Dr. Loase received a unique Joint Doctorate in Math and Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College, after being awarded three Masters Degrees in Math, Counseling, and Psychmetrics from Manhattan College and Columbia University, followed by a sixty credit program that led to permanent certification as School Psychologist from the College of New Rochelle. He has been a member of the following professional organizations: -American Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, Past President, New York State- Thought – Consultant Editor (Fordham University) Chair – Task Force on Poverty in New York State (Commissioned by NYSSCA – branch of American Association for Counseling and Development). Past Vice President New York State Counselor’s Association American Statistical Association New York Academy of Sciences, Mathematical Association of America, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics, and the American Psychological Association –Divisions:  Measurement and Humanistic Psychology. John Loase previously appeared on The Advocates on September, 21, 2011 and January 13, 2010.

 Meanwhile, the mission of The Advocates is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow.



The Advocates with Dr. Anne Sarah Rubin talks about “Lincoln and the New Republicans- February 14, 2016

February 11, 2016

Anne Sarah Rubin is a Professor of History and Director of the Center for Digital History and Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  She received her AB from Princeton University and her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.  Her study of the place of Sherman's March in American culture and history, entitled Through the Heart of Dixie:  Sherman's March in American Memory was published in September 2014 by UNC Press.  The project also has a multimedia component, which can be found at 

Dr. Rubin's first book, A Shattered Nation:  The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy (UNC, 2005), received the 2006 Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians, for the most original book on the Civil War era.  She was a co-author of the award-winning Valley of the Shadow, an interactive history of the Civil War in two communities.  She has also published numerous essays and journal articles.Dr. Rubin was President of the Society of Civil War Historians from 2012-2014 and is a member of its Advisory Board.  She is also a member of the Southern Association of Woman Historians Executive Committee, and has been on the Maryland State Archives Legacy of Slavery Project Advisory Board and the Editorial Board of Civil War History.    She is an OAH Distinguished Lecturer (2011-2017). Her personal website can be found at Dr. Rubin last appeared on The Advocates on February 16, 2011, and we discussed “Lincoln and the Myths of Secession.”      


The “Bill of Rights” with Professor Carol Berkin, February 7, 2016

February 4, 2016

Carol Berkin is a graduate of Barnard College, and was awarded a Masters and Ph. D. from Columbia University.  She awarded the Bancroft Award for Outstanding Dissertation. She is the Presidential Professor of History, Emerita- Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of NY. She has served in positions of academic leadership from the mid-1980s through 2012. Carol Berkin last appeared on The Advocates on April 20, 2011, when she discussed "Women in the Civil War."

 Her publications include the following books:

 Jonathan Sewall: Odyssey of an American Loyalist. New York: Columbia  University Press, 1974.  Nominated, Pulitzer Prize

Women of America: A History (ed. with Mary Beth Norton). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1980.

Women, War and Revolution (ed. with Clara M. Lovett).New York: Holmes Meier, 1980.

First Generations: Women in Colonial America . New York: Hill and Wang, l996.

Women's Voices, Women's Lives: Documents in Early American History.(ed. with Leslie Horowitz) Boston:  Northeastern University Press, 1998.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution New York: Harcourt 2002 [A History Book Club Selection, 2002; Awarded the Colonial Dames of America Book Prize, 2004; Polish Language edition, 2004; Chinese Language edition, 2004]

Looking Forward/Looking Back: A Women’s Studies Reader. [ed. with Carole Appel and Judith Pinch.] Prentice Hall, 2005

Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for American Independence.  Knopf, February   2005. Polish Language edition, 2005

Clio in the Classroom: A Guide to Teaching Women’s History [ed. with Margaret Crocco and Barbara Winslow], Oxford University Press, Jan. 2009

Civil War Wives: The Lives and Times of Angelina Grimké, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant [Knopf, 2009] Awarded the Colonial Dames of America Book Prize, 2010

Wondrous Beauty: The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte. Knopf,  2014

The Bill of Rights: The Struggle to Secure America’s Liberties [Simon & Schuster, May 2015]

The Republic in Peril: The First Decade Under the Constitution. Under Contract with Basic Books.

Aside from numerous articles focusing on the American Revolution, and women in American History and their influence, she has been on a commentator and a consultant on media presentations, from the News Hour with Jim Lehrer to PBS productions on Ben Franklin, the American Presidency, The History of NY, The Abolitionists, to various productions on the History Channel, including: The Founding Brothers, The Founding Fathers, and The Duel.  She has also appeared on A& E, The Learning Channel, The Swedish Broadcasting Company, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and Court TV.


Barnard Scholar, 1960-1964

President’s Fellow, Columbia University, 1967

Bancroft Dissertation Award, 1972

CUNY New Faculty Research Award, 1972

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Grant, 1973

CUNY  Summer Research Grant, 1974

American Council of Learned Societies, Research Grant, 1976

Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 1976

American Council of Learned Societies, Study Fellowship, 1978

Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 1978

Elected to Membership, Society of American Historians, 1996

President's Excellence Award for Scholarship, Baruch College, 199

Colonial Dames of America Book Prize, 2004

Elected to Membership, Fellow of the American Antiquarian Society, 2005