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Memorial for Václav Havel in Wenceslas Square

The Czech playwright's enduring ideas about politics, truth and human nature.

The words of the former president of the Czech Republic resonate with the problems Occupy confronts today.

Intent on blaming the cold war simply on Soviet perfidy, John Lewis Gaddis does a disservice to the subject of his biography—and to his readers.

WPA poster advertising the 1938 production of Haiti

Laurent Dubois’s Hati: The Aftershocks of History.

Portrait of a Young Man (1478), by Antonello da Messina

How Renaissance painters brought human presence to the fore.

A new history of Europe’s postwar world and its displaced persons.

A supporter of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier

Why was Baby Doc able to return after decades of exile and evade justice, despite his crimes?

Jenny Martinez and Kathryn Sikkink offer conflicting histories of the ascendency of international courts.

A famous indictment from a century ago aptly describes today’s corrupt legislative body.

Portrait of Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)

Two new biographies differ over the astronomer’s view of the relationship between science and faith.


Americans today are a lot more familiar with his presidency than they think they are.

December 3, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, Eric Alterman reminded us that the so-called “experts” were wrong about the Berlin Wall. Some things haven’t changed much.

November 12, 2014

“Socialism is inseparable from democracy,” The Nation wrote in its 1989 editorial.

November 10, 2014

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