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Richard Lingeman

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Richard Lingeman

Senior Editor

Richard Lingeman is a senior editor of The Nation. His books include Small Town America: A Narrative History, 1620-Present; Don't You Know There's a War On? The American Home Front, 1941-1945; An American Journey: Theodore Dreiser (a two-volume biography, now available in one abridged paperback edition from John Wiley & Sons); Sinclair Lewis: Rebel From Main Street (Random House); Double Lives: American Writers’ Friendships (Random House), and, most recently, The Noir Forties: The American People from Victory to the Cold War (Nation Books).


News and Features

With a dry, sharp, ironic voice—Christopher Hitchens graced The Nation’s pages from 1978 to 2006. The best of his articles, columns and reviews are collected here. 

A must-see exhibit at New York's School of Visual Arts looks back on the inimitable satirist's sixty years of work.

The clever, impassioned homemade signs dotting Zuccotti Park recall the work of Bertolt Brecht.

How The Nation's special issue on the bureau brought down the wrath of J. Edgar Hoover.

In Ralph Nader's new utopian novel, "only the super-rich can save us."

Obama shouldn't tone down his rhetoric on contentious subjects like racial profiling and executive bonuses. In fact he should emulate politicians of the past who often went off script with stirring results.

Like a veteran door-to-door salesman, Ronald Reagan is a huckster, only instead of vacuum cleaners, he peddles fear--so successfully that he is now president of the United States.

In Literary Lives, caricaturist Edward Sorel tells all and then
some about giants like Yeats, Proust, Hellman and Jung within the
humble frame of a comic strip.

A political nightmare, with a scriptural spin, tells the true story of
two nefarious lords and their faithful servant.