Habeas corpus rescued Walter Rideau from an unjust prison sentence, but during its long history the great writ has been used to muffle the sighs of prisoners as much as to relieve them.
Some dispute the role of slavery as the central cause of the war, but we remain prisoners of the past if we do not face this fact.
Vasily Grossman's Everything Flows is a searching and humane investigation of the totalitarian condition.
In Bloodlands Timothy Snyder attempts to link the Holocaust to a syndrome of political killing endorsed by Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
Gal Beckerman's When They Come for Us We'll Be Gone is an engaging account of the exodus of Jews from the Soviet Union.
A new book concludes that it was really Ethel and Julius Rosenberg's in-laws who illegally passed classified information on the atomic bomb to the Russians. Does the news still matter?
Is the cultural commons a viable alternative to the copyright regime, or does it risk turning culture into a consumerist slum?
Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, Robert Darnton's Poetry and the Police, Jeremy Harding's Mother Country
The continuous readjustment of expectations downward: For historians like Jefferson Cowie and Judith Stein, that was the key experience of the 1970s.
Stephen F. Cohen, author of The Victims Return, joins Morning Joe to discuss Stalin's atrocities, his contradictory legacy today and its implications for contemporary Russian society.