Markham Shaw Pyle holds his undergraduate and law degrees from Washington & Lee. He is a past or current member of, inter alia, the Organization of American Historians; the Society for Military History; the Southern Historical Association; the Southwestern Social Science Association; the Southwestern Historical Association; the Southwestern Political Science Association; the Virginia Historical Society; and the Texas State Historical Association. He is the historian of Congress’ August 1941 vote to keep the draft four months before Pearl Harbor and, with GMW Wemyss, the historian of the Titanic enquiries and that portentous year 1937, and the annotator of Kipling and Kenneth Grahame.
Historian and critic Markham Shaw Pyle, in this "long essay" medical memoir, looks back with wry (or rye) humor and his signature wit and style on thirty years of missed diagnoses and misdiagnoses, culminating in his 2014 heart attack and triple bypass. By turns hilarious and harrowing, this is ultimately a survivor's tale of hope.
The correspondence between Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, the Methodist sponsor, and her distant cousin George Washington in the 1780s shaped American immigration policy, the Westward Expansion, attitudes towards slavery and Native American rights, and religious pluralism. This is its history, in context.
This is the story of America on August 12, 1941, four months before Pearl Harbor. Isolationism was still strong, FDR was hammering out the Atlantic Charter with Churchill (to the fury of America Firsters), the Japanese were ready to kick off a war, most Americans were more interested in baseball and radio shows than in a distant conflict, and Congress decided to keep the draft - by one vote.
The celebrated history of the aftermath, in the US Congress, the US Supreme Court, and the Parliament of the United Kingdom, of the sinking of the unsinkable ship. Markham Shaw Pyle and GMW Wemyss examine the political pressures and dirty deals that affected the Titanic enquiries, wrote new law, and changed our world.
1937 – from the flooded Ohio to the new Golden Gate Bridge, from bombed Guernica to newly-opened Buchenwald to the Rape of Nanking – was a year of portent. Markham Shaw Pyle and GMW Wemyss, the celebrated historians of the Titanic enquiries and of the coming of the Second World War, here survey that dread year, from Tolkien and Disney to war and terror. This is history in the grand manner.