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The Defense Department's own account of the Vietnam War holds the clues to our defeat.

Who was to blame for Clifford Irving's fake Howard Hughes autobiography? Irving, for sure, but don't forget the publishing industry.

Thomas Chatterton was the balloon boy of eighteenth-century British literary circles.

Israel may have won the war in 1967, but it was still looking for
recognition.

The Nation's editor Freda Kirchwey travels to Israel and sends back an eyewitness report of the young country's struggles to survive.

Forty-five years before Jessica Mitford's exposè of the funeral industry, Paul Blanshard found out just how expensive dying can be.

Jack Kevorkian is leading the movement to allow people to take death in their own hands.

To Kill or Not to Kill: Two experts debate the morality of euthanasia.

The Nation says that the solution to the problem of prostitution is regulation.

Irving Kristol's book reveals he's no democrat with a lowercase "d" either.

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"It was as if all South Africans, black, white and “coloreds” alike, were voting for the first time in their lives."

April 27, 2015

“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