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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.

Reagan proved that deficits don't matter—and truth doesn't either.

Nick Cullather’s The Hungry World teaches us that US agricultural assistance in Asia during the cold war was a Green Counterrevolution.

The former president set in motion a sizable slice of the fantasies destroying America.

At the utopian community of Fruitlands, vegetables were not only eaten. They were also imitated.

In year three, will Obama heed the lessons of Clinton or Reagan?

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