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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. 



According to Cohen, half of Russia looks back to Joseph Stalin as a great leader and the other half as a genocidal murderer. In his new book, he examines the ongoing struggle to reconcile the troubled period of Stalin's rule in Russian history.

Christine Stansell's The Feminist Promise is a landmark book, yet is indifferent to the role of ideas in feminism's history.

In Our Orbit: Tom Engelhardt's The American Way of War.

On October 10, more than 7,000 actions in 180 countries will celebrate solutions to climate change in what is expected to be the greatest number of recorded protests in a single day in world history.

Predictable Democratic losses in November aren't what we should fear. The real danger is in a political environment unable to build even the most tenuous bridges across partisan divides.

Blogs

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