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People shouldn't take Peace Prizes too seriously except under those rare circumstances when a prize committee somewhere gets it right.

The 1960 "airlift" of 800 African students to study in the United States lent a crucial boost to John F. Kennedy's popularity among African-Americans.

The poet's "September 1, 1939" saw the start of World War II and declared: "We must love one another or die."

A long-lost memoir of the Spanish Civil War moves jaggedly between boredom, fleeting triumphs and terror.

The official secrecy and deceptions about our nuclear weapons posture and policies and their possible consequences have threatened the survival of the human species.

The tumultuous American Century in the lives of a father and son.

William Appleman Williams and the tragedy of American diplomacy.

The empire ends with a pullout. Not from Iraq, but from Detroit.

A shrewd history of why US presidents have failed to make Israel accept a plan for regional peace.

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"Everybody thought everybody was fooling everybody. And both of us were probably right to a certain extent, everybody was fooling each of us."

March 19, 2015

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