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The Complete Jean Vigo, Travis Wilkerson’s An Injury to One.

There’s more to American nonprofits than the success of wealthy donors and their large foundations.

Most people caught up in the Algerian War left no accounts of it at all.

Russian flag

Instead of a new era of democracy, disarmament and interdependence, we have had unchecked militarism and economic crisis.

USSR flag

Twenty years later, questions endure about how and why the nation abruptly dissolved.

Communist supporters, Russia

Ever since 1991, Russians have been looking to the Soviet past for comfort and pride.

Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and Hillary Clinton

Hopes for reform in Burma are starting to be fulfilled, but skepticism of its rulers is still warranted.

Enrique Krauze

A Mexican intellectual takes the measure of liberalism and revolution in twentieth-century Latin America.

J. Edgar Hoover

Clint Eastwood's cinematic exploration of the FBI chief's rise to power is little more than a comforting myth.


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