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I have witnessed what Bernard Lewis, and later Samuel Huntington, designated the "clash of civilizations" between Christendom and Islam up close in at least two wars.

Isaiah Berlin once told his biographer, Michael Ignatieff, that "I have a natural tendency to gossip, to describing things, to noticing things, to interest in human beings and their characters, t

This article is excerpted from Gore Vidal's latest book, Imperial America, just published by Nation Books.

Is the United States--as so many have said, in celebration or dismay--a planet-mastering empire or not? The question presses upon us as George W.

Over the century that followed the Napoleonic wars, the Ottoman Empire contracted and eventually disappeared from the map.

American policy-makers may be divided into two schools of thought on the Arab-Israeli conflict: the evenhanded and the Israel-first.

Walden Pond is America's environmental holy land, the naturalist's sacred site and Concord's local swimming pool.

In May, Jan Egeland, the United Nations Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs, called a news conference in New York to declare publicly what he had been warning people about for some time: that

Can someone win the presidency entirely on the basis of a negative asset?

Stalin has had a rough time at the hands of Russian novelists in recent years.

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