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The history of our nation has many rich and vibrant hues—some of them red.

Ann Blair’s Too Much to Know explains how across the centuries the profusion of information has always inspired readers to invent shortcuts to knowledge.

Simon Wiesenthal

As Tom Segev’s biography makes clear, in the entire pantheon of Jewish superheroes there is no more unlikely figure than Simon Wiesenthal.

Carter Vaughn Finley's timely new history contends that Turkey's development has been misunderstood as an upward march from Islamic empire to secular republic.

Naoto Kan and the End of 'Japan Inc.'

Criticism of the government’s response to the catastrophe has obscured major political changes.

During war, John Dower explains, “the system filters out the thoughtful and replaces them with the faithful.”

The problem with mankind wielding nuclear power isn’t about backup generators or safety rules—it’s our essential human fallibility.

Funeral Procession for Triangle Fire Victims

After 100 years, the tragedy still inspires outrage and grief. Why does it have a hold on us?

The career of W.C. Minor is a reminder that the legacy of Yale's lexicographers is no less noteworthy than that of its deconstructionists.

Scotland Yard: The Jamaican-British Encounter

An essay adapted from the forthcoming The Dead Yard: A Story of Modern Jamaica.

Blogs

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

John F. Kennedy and the 1950 Senate contest in California.

November 19, 2013

Was there more to JFK than a coiffure arranged by facing south in a strong east wind?

November 9, 2013

Ramachandra Guha’s essay in next week’s issue is only the latest in a long line of critical appreciations of the late historian’s work to be published in The Nation.

November 2, 2013