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Five years ago this week, US troops stood by as mobs sacked Iraq's revered National Library and Archives. Despite little outside help, a cultural treasure soldiers on.

Two new books examine the history of the first women's rights campaign.

The new positive rights of the twenty-first century.

We must embrace the universal benefits of a government dedicated to preparing citizens for acompetitive and unpredictable world.

Revisionist histories of the Vietnam War challenge the notion that the South Vietnam government was a dysfunctional pseudo-state.

In Nicholson Baker's cut-and-paste history, the "good war" is bad.

The New Deal demonstrated the power of government to address failures of the market, and to retreat once it was no longer needed

The ethos of the New Deal is only more prescient and pressing today.

Real change cannot come from the top down alone; it must rise up from
the bottom as well.

Amity Schlaes's history of the Great Depression is nothing less than an attempt to reclaim the 1930s for the free market.

Blogs

"Everybody thought everybody was fooling everybody. And both of us were probably right to a certain extent, everybody was fooling each of us."

March 19, 2015

Americans today are a lot more familiar with his presidency than they think they are.

December 3, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, Eric Alterman reminded us that the so-called “experts” were wrong about the Berlin Wall. Some things haven’t changed much.

November 12, 2014

“Socialism is inseparable from democracy,” The Nation wrote in its 1989 editorial.

November 10, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014

The quagmire of the Vietnam War was built on a “queasy foundation of fact and myth.”

July 31, 2014

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

The first modern war created the modern Nation.

June 16, 2014