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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.

Flawed and flamboyant, the charismatic Jesse Jackson wasn't the perfect candidate, but his idealism led The Nation to endorse his bid for the White House.

While the whole world was watching, this is what Chicago's finest did.

Blogs

Vergara’s ambivalent feelings about gentrifying Harlem stem from a recognition of just how far the neighborhood had fallen in previous years.

March 22, 2014

Iraqis continue to suffer, as much as ever, the fallout from this country’s callous lies and avoidable mistakes.

March 15, 2014

The quivering throngs of teen-aged girls, The Nation’s reviewer wrote, said much more about the susceptibility of Americans to fashionable trends than it did about the talent or novelty of the group itself.

March 8, 2014

The underlying philosophy of the National Front remains almost exactly the same as it was under Jean-Marie Le Pen.

March 1, 2014

It was clear then, as it is now, that "free-trade" agreements are disasters for workers and the environment.

February 15, 2014

It’s worth recalling that on the issue of immigration, as on much else, there is little new under the sun.

February 8, 2014

In February 1914, an editorial warned against allowing a small, privileged driving minority to jeopardize the lives of everyone else.

February 1, 2014

Robert Hatch’s conflicted review of Stanley Kubrick’s great satire, released fifty years ago this week.

January 25, 2014

Nearly everything Kubrick exposes in his classic film turns out to be true.

January 23, 2014

Here is a little known fact about the famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail." 

January 20, 2014