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The central thesis of Thomas Frank's new book, The Wrecking Crew, is that the kind of obscene depravity witnessed at the Department. of Interior is the natural result of the conservative philosophy of governance.

Environmental writer Elizabeth Royte plumbs our obsession with bottled water.

Flawed and flamboyant, the charismatic Jesse Jackson wasn't the perfect candidate, but his idealism led The Nation to endorse his bid for the White House.

While the whole world was watching, this is what Chicago's finest did.

It was a rigged convention, and the Chicago police were spoiling for a fight.

As they nominated FDR, Democratic conventioneers were more interested in grandstanding against prohibition than facing the nation's economic crisis.

At the National Women's Party convention, party leaders spurned black women who sought to be included in the suffragist agenda.

When the Democrats nominated William Jennings Bryan as their presidential candidate, The Nation was skeptical.

Readers of Fidel Castro's My Life will find explanations of the Cuban Revolution, but no apologies for its suppression of dissent.

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“Are there no gentlemen left in in American public life?”

April 25, 2015

“That the recent outbreak was so inept as to be almost idiotic must be evident to the minds of all but the Irishmen who took part in it.”

April 24, 2015

"Art is artifice," a Nation critic once wrote in an essay on Shakespeare. "But the artifices owes its meaning to the fact that it has, here and there, its pertinence to life."

April 23, 2015

We look back to the time when a science columnist wrote up one possible replacement for "the fossil fuel which is now so important an element in the existing order of human society."

April 22, 2015

“It is an operation—however well meaning, however many good people involved—that is, at its core, a shuck.”

April 22, 2015

“It is a miracle of literature, this rapture maintained at so high a pitch over so long a time.”

April 21, 2015

Notoriously prickly about his press, Hitler wrote in to complain about a minor factual discepancy.

April 20, 2015

"The Oklahoma City bombers were goaded to action not just by their private mad impulses but by a broader political culture."

April 19, 2015

“By infusing the black experience into the Southern novel, she enriches both it and us.”

April 18, 2015

“If they fail,” The Nation warned many months in advance, “the United States will lose face in an almost irreparable way.”

April 17, 2015