Thirty-two years after the war, Communist Vietnam is a bustling market economy awash in foreign capital and consumer goods. So was the war necessary?
Voters drawn to Barack Obama are often criticized as naive. But appeals to our collective hope for a more decent society are core to the American experience.
Two new books take a closer look at the "Soviet monster" in an age of lazy, anti-Communist rhetoric.
The generation that came of age in Stalin's Russia was torn between perpetual fear and profound emotional investment in the Soviet ideal.
On Saturday, June 27, 1924, "men and women suddenly rose up after days of utterly degraded and demoralizing
vaudeville performances to declaim with passion about two big subjects."
The biography of Joschka Fischer tells the story of postwar Germany.
A modern-day Rip Van Winkle challenges the view that Europeans are too wrapped up in their past to move on.
MLK's biographer on presidents, politics, racial injustice, poverty and war.
Marcus Rediker's breathtaking "human history" of the slave ship reveals how the transatlantic slave trade demeaned everyone it touched.
In This Republic of Suffering, historian Drew Gilpin Faust strips from the Civil War any purpose beyond massive slaughter.