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If the American people continue to avert their eyes from the slow death of an abandoned city, their communities may soon be the next to fail.

History sheds no new light on their guilt or innocence. But it does make clear that their trial and execution was an unjust and intolerable act of barbarism.

Lois Gordon's new biography of Nancy Cunard brings the legendary heiress and activist back to life.

The reasons for Günter Grass's silence about his membership in the Waffen SS remain safely hidden in his new memoir.

This is the belllicose imperial presidency the authors of our Constitution warned us about.

A new take on Israel/Palestine: Could Israel's architecture be the solution to the insoluble disputes?

Five new books explore the failed progressive movements in Iran, and the dilemma the US left faces today.

Peter Morgan's new play is highly entertaining; Frank Langella's portrait of Nixon is brutally amusing; yet the play is historically inaccurate.

Official Washington wants to avoid the "divisive ordeal" of looking at what went wrong in Iraq. But upcoming hearings for Admiral Michael Mullins' nomination as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the perfect opportunity.

A new book on the history of Western complicity in Iraq takes an unsparing look at how the first Bush and Clinton administrations set the stage for disaster.

Blogs

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

John F. Kennedy and the 1950 Senate contest in California.

November 19, 2013

Was there more to JFK than a coiffure arranged by facing south in a strong east wind?

November 9, 2013

Ramachandra Guha’s essay in next week’s issue is only the latest in a long line of critical appreciations of the late historian’s work to be published in The Nation.

November 2, 2013

The famed American conductor brought Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a fractured Germany in 1989.

October 7, 2013

Is “collaborators” too strong a word for movie bosses dealing with the Hitler regime?

September 24, 2013

The bombing of Hiroshima changed everything; but it may not be too late to change it back.

August 3, 2013

In our first issue, just after the Civil War, we wrote that in 89 years of celebrating the Fourth of July, never before did Americans have more to rejoice about on Independence Day; in 1991, we asked 100 contributors for their definitions of patriotism.

July 4, 2013