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Mandans gathering buffalo berries, 1908. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis

Elizabeth Fenn, the Mandans and a renaissance in historical writing.

Barbara Stanwyck in The Bitter Tea of General Yen

The life and unvarnished style of Barbara Stanwyck.

Israeli soldier and tank

The story of contemporary Israel as written by Max Blumenthal is not easy to read.

Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (1875), by James McNeill Whistler

Ambitious beneath his pose of indolence, James McNeill Whistler was the most contradictory of artists.

The former American Folk Art building

MoMA’s new expansion plans represent avant-gardism at its most deracinated.

Vietnam War timeline

The Pentagon’s whitewashed history of the Vietnam War provokes troubling questions about how the invasion of Iraq will one day be remembered.

Al From

Failing upward at the Democratic Leadership Council with Al From.

Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson reconsiders the connection between slavery and capitalism.

Blogs

A new book shows that the HIV virus was triggered by wanton imperial depredations.

February 28, 2012

How does the movie The Help "photoshop" American history?

February 27, 2012

Romney misattributed the key quote of his Florida victory speech to the pamphleteer. But that's hardly the only reason why Paine would have decried the Bain Capitalist.

February 1, 2012

Will the new president's mega-million-dollar makeover of the main library scare off scholars and leave the branches begging?

December 6, 2011

If the great Hiroshima novel remains unwritten, a number of major poets have written brilliantly on nuclear concerns.

August 16, 2011

There's rarely been as enjoyable and community-minded a way to help support children's literacy.

July 12, 2011

 Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma?

July 11, 2011

Ahmed Chalabi’s daughter recounts the family’s saga and the ancien regime.

March 7, 2011

On the late Daniel Bell, the very archetype of a committed liberal intellectual, and The New Republic's Marty Peretz, plus reader mail.

January 27, 2011