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The movie may have been set in Korea, but Robert Altman clearly had Vietnam in mind when he made this satire of the American military.

The black and white cinematography of Gordon Willis and the music of George Gershwin make for a pitch-perfect valentine to the Big Apple.

Lyndon Johnson gave this Oscar-winning documentary its title and, with his escalation of the war in Vietnam, its purpose.

Unlike The Godfather, in Martin Scorsese's depiction of New York mafioso, no one pretends to be a man of honor. That's one of the reasons it's so great.

Ingmar Bergman's life-affirming story of the Ekdahl family would be his last feature film. No one ever made a better exit.

Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper revved up their motorcycles and, like Jack Kerouac, inspired a generation of young people to hit the road.

New York City's second most-famous Mookie delivers pizza and fights the power in Spike Lee's breakthrough film. Some critics predicted its provocative portrayal of race tensions would cause riots. Instead, the film started a dialogue.

Marilynne Robinson's new novel explores faith, loneliness and the national passion play of race.

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.

Blogs

The Nation recognized that US isolation would be tested as never before, but didn’t even consider intervention as a possibility.

August 5, 2014

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

July 31, 2014

Has the romanticization of American history allowed the resurgence of discriminatory practices in recent episodes of crisis?

July 30, 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

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

Margaret Sanger and Charlotte Perkins Gilman and John Dewey, oh my!

July 10, 2014

The politicians were happy, if nobody else.

July 1, 2014

Early warnings of an American policy in thrall to the Israeli right.

July 1, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014