Articles/Op-eds/book Reviews by Gil Troy
Gil Troy: Review of Niall Ferguson’s The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the West – HNN, 2-5-07, News & Observer, 12-31-06
Barack & Hillary: Clash of the Titans – By Gil Troy, HNN, 1-22-07
Gerald Ford: Both Steely and Nice – By Gil Troy, HNN, 1-15-07
Dems should walk softly Party would be wise not to repeat mistakes that led to GOP’s downfall – GIL TROY, The Montreal Gazette, Thursday, November 9, 2006
Gil Troy: Review of William H. Chafe’s Private lives/Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America (Harvard) Raleigh News and Observer, 1-15-06 (HNN)
Universities have abandoned obligation to set moral standards McGill hazing incident Students need mentoring, guidance and guidelines – more than ever – GIL TROY, The Montreal Gazette, September 26, 2005
All Those Wonderful Memos Roberts Wrote! – By Gil Troy, History News Network (HNN), 9-06-05.
Isn’t It Better to Fix New Orleans than to Burn Bush? – By Gil Troy, History News Network (HNN), 9-04-05.
It’s Time to Remember What Canada and the US Have in Common – By Gil Troy, History News Network (HNN), 7-05-05, in the Montreal Gazette, July 4, 2005.
Why Ronald Reagan Picked Sandra Day O’Connor–And Why George W. Bush Might Want to Follow His Example – By Gil Troy, History News Network (HNN), News at Home, July 1, 2005
What’s Wrong with Live 8 – By Gil Troy, History News Network (HNN),(6-28-05)in the New York Post, June 27, 2005.
Bush’s Inaugural: It’s the War on Terrorism, Stupid – By Gil Troy – History News Network (HNN), News at Home, January 24, 2005.
Who’ll save our campuses from mob rule? The time has come for universities to protect their intellectual homes, says history professor GIL TROY – By GIL TROY – The Globe and Mail, Monday, December 6, 2004 – Page A15
Founding Sphinx Our greatest Founding Father has also seemed the most inscrutable, until now, as a new biography reveals Washington’s humanity – by Gil Troy – Raleigh, N.C. News & Observer, Sunday, November 21, 2004
Myths of Campaign 2004 – By Gil Troy – LaPresse (Oct. 30, 2004), HNN Roundup: Historians’ Take on the News. November 2, 2004.
Presidential IQ as a Subject Susceptible to Political Debate – By Gil Troy – the Montreal Gazette (Oct. 27, 2004), HNN Roundup: Historians’ Take on the News, October 29, 2004
Are the Presidential Candidates Exploiting Their Children? – By Gil Troy, HNN News at Home, October 25, 2004.
Why the Bush/Kerry Debate Should Quiet America-Bashers – By Gil Troy, HNN, October 4, 2004.
What Works (And Doesn’t) at the Presidential Debates – By Gil Troy, HNN, September 29, 2004.
We Lied. 9-11 Didn’t Change Us – By Gil Troy, HNN, the Montreal Gazette, September 10, 2004
Why Even Bush Critics Should Be Ashamed to Endorse Michael Moore’s Movie – By Gil Troy, HNN, the Montreal Gazette, June 28, 2004.
GoodmanSchwernerChaney: 40 Years Ago Today – By Gil Troy, HNN, the Montreal Gazette, June 21, 2004.
How Reagan Invented the 1980s – By Gil Troy, HNN, The Montreal Gazette, June 9, 2004. p. A.27.
How universities measure up by GIL TROY and REUVEN BRENNER, The Montreal Gazette, June 6, 2004. pg. A.15.
Terrorism expert casts wide net.: Says bipartisan folly led to 9/11 – by Gil Troy, Special to The Gazette Book Review- Arts & Books Section, The Montreal Gazette, Saturday, April 10, 2004
They’re Off and Running: Understanding the U.S. Presidential Horserace Gil Troy – National Arts Centre, Ottawa, May 18, 2004, Faculty of Arts alumni and friends, McGill University.
In the News: Gil Troy- OFF AND RUNNING: The battle for the presidency – McGill News, ALUMNI QUARTERLY – spring 2004
In rebuilding Baghdad, think of Berlin Germany wasn’t rebuilt in a year, nor shall iraq – by Gil Troy-The Montreal Gazette, Sunday, April 4, 2004
When every problem had a cure – By GIL TROY, Raleigh, N.C. News Observer, April 4, 2004
John Kerry’s wars – by Gil Troy – Raleigh, N.C. Newsobserver, Sunday, March 7, 2004
A former Bush official plays kiss and tell – By GIL TROY, Raleigh, N.C. News Observer, February 1, 2004
The Clinton Years – Gil Troy, The Journal of American History, Dec. 2003, V.90:3, 1143
EMPIRE U.S.A.-By GIL TROY-The New York Post – November 16, 2003
The Ridiculous Criticisms of “The Reagans” – Gil Troy, HNN, 11-11-03
Clark’s Chances – Gil Troy, HNN, 9-29-03
LEST WE FORGET: Memories of the pain, shock, togetherness and heroism of post-Sept. 11 have been dulled by the politics that divides us – Gil Troy, MONTREAL GAZETTE, September 10, 2003, A25
We need more ‘creative extremists’ – Gil Troy, NATIONAL POST, August 28, 2003
SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE: On July 4th, we all should pause to reflect on the great deeds and greater ideals of our southern neighbour – Gil Troy, THE MONTREAL GAZETTE, JULY 4, 2003
Nobody is safe: The terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco should alarm the Muslim world, showing that there is no good and bad terrorism – GIL TROY, The Montreal Gazette, May 21, 2003/p>
A REMARKABLE MILITARY BLITZ: Throughout This War, We Have Participated in a Set of Double Standards That Works Against The Coalition Forces-Were any anti-Americans silenced by how Saddam fought the war? – Gil Troy, LA PRESSE, 10 April 2003, A31
Vacillera-t-il?(Will he wobble?) Bush doit sortir grandi de cette crise – comme il l’a fait après le 11 septembre (Bush should come out on top of this crisis just as he did after September 11th) – Gil Troy, La Presse, 20 March 2003, A17
DISARMING SIMPLICITY: Regarding the Question of Iraq and George Bush, the Situation is More Complicated Than Cheers or Boos Without Nuance – Gil Troy, La Presse, 13 March 2003, A15
Désarmant simplisme : Quand on parle de l’Irak et de George Bush, la situation est plus complexe que des bravos ou huées sans nuances – Gil Troy, La Presse, 13 mars 2003, A15
GOOD LUCK TO “THOSE BASTARDS” NEW WORLD DISORDER AFTER SEPT. 11 Anti-Americanism started with hate speech and ended at Ground Zero – Gil Troy, The Montreal Gazette, 6 March 2003, A25
Guilt and responsibility Everybody in the ‘friendly fire’ incident agrees an error was made, which makes the case all the more fascinating-By GIL TROY-MONTREAL GAZETTE-Friday, January 17, 2003, A17
History-Was the Reagan revolution good for the world?-Gil Troy-Twenty Questions of the Arts Renaissance-McGill University-Winter 2002-03
Beware simplistic historic analysis. Both sides claim victory in war of 1812 Friendly countries work best when they appreciate their differences-By Gil Troy-Montreal Gazette, Wednesday, December 4, 2002, A27
Two Books Examine New York’s Role in the Revolutionary War-By GIL TROY-The New York Times Book Review-October 13, 2002, 31 (1 pages)
THE FREEDOM TO SPEAK-Concordia’s assault on freedom of speech in the aftermath of the Sept. 9 riot goes against university traditions of free inquiry, self-reflection and provocative thought-By Gil Troy-Montreal Gazette, 26 September 2002, A31
End of an idyll? Perhaps – but terrorism has failed to destroy U.S. ideals-By GIL TROY, Freelance-Montreal Gazette-Wednesday, September 11, 2002, B3
GEORGE W. BUSH’S WAGER: WILL AMERICAN MORAL CLARITY PREVAIL OVER THE EUROPEANS’ CONSTANT CONVOLUTIONS?-By Gil Troy-La Presse, A9 -2 July 2002
Le pari de George W. Bush-Gil Troy -LA PRESSE, A9 ?- Le mardi 2 juillet 2002?
Dishonouring the graduates-Harvard’s solution to the problem of grade inflation might simply make matters worse-By GIL TROY-The Montreal Gazette -Saturday, June 15, 2002, B3
Where are the grown-ups?-Concordia professors must take responsibility for intellectual atmosphere on campus-By GIL TROY-Montreal Gazette- Tuesday, March 26, 2002, B3
Six months later, the outrage dims-By GIL TROY-Montreal Gazette-Tuesday, March 12, 2002, B3
The Shine is Back on the Big Apple-NYC AND WTC, FOUR MONTHS LATER-By Gil Troy-Montreal Gazette-Saturday, January 19, 2002, B5
For Bush, the hard part begins-By GIL TROY-Montreal Gazette-Thursday, December 13, 2001, B3
American Thanksgiving-By Gil Troy-La Presse-November 22, 2001
Triste Action de grâces-Gil Troy-La Presse-Forum-Le jeudi 22 novembre 2001
The world is not a schoolyard We must go beyond simple analogies to explain this war to children-By GIL TROY-Montreal Gazette-Thursday, November 01, 2001, B3
O Canada, where art thou?-By GIL TROY-Montreal Gazette-Tuesday, October 02, 2001, B3
Stirring words, like fine wines, can take years to mellow:[National Edition]-By Gil Troy-National Post.?Don Mills, Ont.:? Sep 24, 2001, ?pg.?A.14.
Bush needs to show Americans he is in charge:He must lead a shocked, terrified, traumatized nation:[National Edition]-By Gil Troy-National Post.?Don Mills, Ont.:?Sep 14, 2001.??pg.?B.4.
«Ne perdez pas votre aplomb !»-Gil Troy-La Presse-Le vendredi 14 septembre 2001
COMMONPLACE MIRACLES: IN DEMOCRACIES, THE PROCESS TOO OFTEN IS TAKEN FOR GRANTED-By Gil Troy-Comment: MONTREAL GAZETTE-5 February 2001, B3
JACQUELINE KENNEDY’S WHITE HOUSE RENOVATIONS-By Gil Troy-White House Studies 2001 1(3): 395-402.
The Price of Playing it Cool-Was the calm that followed the election a sign of an enlightened and patient public, or something worse?-By Gil Troy-PopPolitics.com-24/12/2000
God bless U.S.A.’s lawyers-By turning to the courts, Americans are demonstrating their commitment to the rule of law-By Gil Troy-Comment: MONTREAL GAZETTE-Saturday 9 December 2000, B5
Mr. and Mrs. President? The rise and fall of the co-presidency.-By Gil Troy-The Social Science Journal v. 37 no4 (2000) p. 591-600
And the Winner Is . . .Barbara Bush-Commentary-By Gil Troy-The Wall Street Journal-November 7, 2000
CLINTON IS THE BIG WINNER-No matter who wins Nov. 7, he’ll continue to shape U.S. politics-By Gil Troy-The Montreal Gazette, Tuesday, 31 Oct. 2000, B3
It’s the Personality, Stupid-Americans tend to elect a president they like. And the likeable man tends to be a more effective leader in office.-By Gil Troy-Newsday-10/22/2000 -Page B5
“Do-Good Motivation Underlies U.S. Foreign Policy,”-By Gil Troy-Montreal Gazette, “Review” Section, Saturday, October 14, 2000, B5
Can This Marriage Be Saved? America’s obsession wih presidential couples reflects society’s own anxiety about marriage – By Gil Troy-Article on Presidential Marriage in the Inaugural Issue of Poppolitics.com-June 19,2000- http://www.poppolitics.com/articles/2000-06-19-presidents.shtml
The Giving Gap:Canadians Generally Balk at Giving Money to Universities, Unlike Americans – By Gil Troy-The Montreal Gazette-May 26, 2000, B3
TOMPAINE.COM FACE OFF: Hillary’s Negative Legacy as First Lady Historian’s Debate – By Gil Troy -Tompaine.com – March 30, 2000
Teaching and scholarship go together:[Final Edition] – By Gil Troy-The Gazette.?Montreal, Quebec:Mar 22, 2000. pg. B.3.
THE ROAD TO HELL … Where Reform Got Us in the Past: A Historian Suggests Reformers May Be Naive – By Gil Troy-Tompaine.com-February 3, 2000<
Taste–Houses of Worship: His New Fraternity – By Gil Troy-The Wall Street Journal-February 2, 2000
Libel suit infringes on liberties of us all – Gil Troy, The Montreal Gazette, Nov. 6, 1999, B7
Open Letter to Edmund Morris: We Want Your Notes – Gil Troy, Tompaine.com, October 8, 1999
Prosperity Doesn’t Age Well – Gil Troy, New York Times, September 24, 1999
1990s Scorecard:Cynical and Discouraging – Gil Troy, Tompaine.com, September 16, 1999
The Bad Boy Who Wants to Be President: Why Presidential Character Counts – Gil Troy, Tompaine.com, August 17, 1999
Community of mourning: Latest Kennedy tragedy sent millions to their televisions to join the vigil:[Final Edition] – Gil Troy, The Montreal Gazette,?Jul. 20, 1999, B3
A threat to democracy: Bedard amalgamation proposals would not only hurt anglophones, but also replace human-scale government with impersonal bureaucracy – Gil Troy, The Montreal Gazette, May 17, 1999, B3
Hillary’s Useless Popularity – Gil Troy, New York Post, Apr. 28, 1999, 37
An Acid Test for the Sixties: What was the Most Popular Culture? – Gil Troy and Steve Greenberg, 1999
In search of the truth: Quebec privacy law threatens historians’ ability to assess the past – Gil Troy, The Montreal Gazette, Apr. 17, 1998, B3
Hurricane Paula leaves presidency in tatters: Despite the dismissal of Paula Jones’s civil suit, Bill Clinton’s reputation as predator-in-chief outshines his ambitions as commander-in-chief – Gil Troy, The Montreal Gazette, Apr. 4, 1998, B1
With Ike, Rumors Were Steamier Than Facts – Gil Troy, The Washington Post, Sunday, March 1, 1998
America’s good father: Clinton skilfully peddled fantasy of first family as moral beacon- until now – Gil Troy, The Montreal Gazette, Jan. 29, 1998, B3
MONEY AND POLITICS The Oldest Connection – Gil Troy, The Wilson Quarterly, Summer 1997
Reckless biographer: Nigel Hamilton leaves no innuendo unturned in his life of Bill Clinton – GIL TROY, Raleigh N.C. News Observer, November 2, 2003
A virtuous woman – Hillary Clinton sings her own praises while discussing life, love and Lewinsky – GIL TROY, Raleigh N.C. News Observer, June 15, 2003
The Wright stuff-Two daring young brothers transform the world above the windy sands of Kitty Hawk – GIL TROY, Raleigh N.C. News Observer, Sunday, April 13, 2003
America and the politics of hope – GIL TROY, Raleigh N.C. News Observer, Sunday, December 29, 2002
Taking charge: President Bush as the strong, steady leader Americans crave – GIL TROY, Raleigh N.C. News Observer, Sunday, December 8, 2002
Searching for Reagan’s Rosebud How communism turned a movie star into a world leader – By GIL TROY, Raleigh N.C. News Observer, Sunday, November 17, 2002
The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to Clinton By Fred I. Greenstein – Reviewed by Gil Troy, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, V. 32:3, Winter 2002
The world’s most powerful women: They are not elected and have no formal duties, but what first ladies have is the president’s ear – By GIL TROY, Review of Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Have Shaped Our Recent History by Kati Marton, Raleigh N.C. News Observer, Sunday, October 7, 2001
WHO WAS THE REAL RONALD REAGAN? Review of Frances Fitzgerald’s Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War – Gil Troy, TOMPAINE.COM, May 19, 2000
Truman Defeats Dewey, Again: Reliving the 1948 campaign, which may be the greatest presidential race in recent history – GIL TROY, New York Times Book Review, April 9, 2000
Good Bobby or bad? Author portrays both – Gil Troy, The Montreal Gazette, Feb. 19, 2000, J5, In Love With Night, The American Romance With Robert Kennedy By Ronald Steel
Was Bobby a Hero? Ronald Steel’s In Love With Night: The American Romance With Robert Kennedy – Gil Troy, TOMPAINE.COM, February 16, 2000
Richard A. Posner.An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton.-Judge Posner Finds Clinton — And the Rest of Us — Guilty – Reviewed by Gil Troy, H-Pol (February, 2000)
Book Review Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973.By Robert Dallek. – By Gil Troy, Journal of American History, June 1999
Clinton groupie tells all: Feelings, not ideas, fuel today’s political memoir – By Gil Troy, The Gazette, Mar 27, 1999, J1, All Too Human: A Political Education By George Stephanopoulos
JFK: Celebrity in Chief or Commander-in-Chief? – By Gil Troy, Reviews in American History 1998 26(3): 630-636.
A Partisan Travelogue of the Left, Edith Kurzweil, ed., A Partisan Century: Political Writings From Partisan Review – Gil Troy, Department of History, McGill University. H-Pol, December, 1997
The politics presidents make. – Gil Troy- The Journal of American History v. 83 (Dec, 96) p. 1003.
Telltale Hearts: The Origins and Impact of the Vietnam Antiwar Movement. – Gil Troy, Canadian Journal of History, Aug 1996, V.31:2, p.341
Choosing Truman: The Democratic Convention of 1944. – Gil Troy, Journal of American History 1995 82:1, 339-340.
Money Talks: Corporate PACs and Political Influence. – Gil Troy, The Journal of American History, v. 80 (Dec. 1993) p. 1170.
Bob Roberts (motion picture review) – Gil Troy, The American Historical Review v. 98 (Oct. 93) p. 1186-8.
Campaigning in America: A History of Election Practices. – Gil Troy, The Journal of American History, v.77 (Sept. 90) p.637,638.