Gil Troy

Gil Troy is a professor of history at McGill University. His latest book — his tenth — is The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s .

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  • The Teen Killer Who Radicalized the NRA

    by Gil Troy

    Harlon Carter transformed the NRA from a rifle club into the take-no-prisoners anti-gun-control powerhouse. But he also had a very dark past.

  • The Preacher Whose Statue Was Booted for Reagan

    by Gil Troy

    A decade ago, the anti-slavery preacher Thomas Starr King was removed from the Capitol and replaced by Ronald Reagan. Maybe his statue should be placed in a certain white house.



  • How Nikola Tesla Sparked the Electric Age

    by Gil Troy

    As we swim in invisible waves transmitting energy all around us, and spend our lives with wireless devices catching a hail of transparent messages, we live in Tesla’s world.

  • The Rabbi Who Captured a Town Alone

    by Gil Troy

    Shlomo Goren was the Israeli Army’s first chief rabbi—and in one of Israel’s defining moments gave it the spiritual strength to reverse what looked to be a devastating loss.

  • The Jew Who Changed Football Forever

    by Gil Troy

    There would have been no Tom Brady or Johnny Unitas if it hadn’t been for one determined son of Orthodox Jews from Cleveland, Ohio.

  • She Was the Steve Bannon of the Great Depression

    by Gil Troy

    Elizabeth Dilling screeched ‘America First!’, oozed hatred, and inspired Sinclair Lewis. In the era that saw the rapid rise of populists, she became famous on the back of hatred for minorities, Jews, and foreigners.

  • Trump Needs some Sage Rabbinic Advice

    by Gil Troy

    These aren't predictions, but caveats for responsible leaders in a treacherous world, during unstable times, facing a boorish president.
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