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An excerpt from Victor Navasky's The O'Dell File reveals the story of the civil rights movement's 'unsung hero' who has been wrongly written out of the pages of history.

David Bromwich

Does David Bromwich’s idea of a Burkean left amount to anything more than contempt for Obama?

Smoking Gun cover

Watergate itself is “smoking gun” proof of that old axiom about the corruption of power.

Alessandro Spina

“Darling, this is Alessandro Spina, who is trying to make Italians feel guilty about their colonial crimes.”

V.S. Naipaul

A reporter’s journey involves writing with a sense of history and without false consolation.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, leader of the Fidesz party, April 6, 2014

How Victor Orbán launched a constitutional coup and created a one-party state.

Harry Truman sits with White House counsel Clark Clifford in Key West in 1949

John Judis’s provocative history of US foreign policy toward Israel

Immanuel Velikovsky at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Immanuel Velikovsky’s strange quest for a scientific theory of everything

How Georgi Markov became the truth-teller of Bulgaria’s communist era, and paid for it with his life.

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

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

Blogs

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014

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

July 31, 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

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

The first modern war created the modern Nation.

June 16, 2014

‘Wide and luminous’ or ‘grid-locked and addled on speed’?

May 22, 2014

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

March 1, 2014

An article in our pages in 1919 helped rescue the long-deceased scribe from obscurity and secured him a prominent place in the American canon.

January 4, 2014

President Hoover's holiday proclamation was offensive to millions of poor and unemployed Americans, our 'Drifter' columnist wrote.

November 23, 2013