Two new books on the French Revolution examine Robespierre's role in advocating terror as an instrument of government, raising compelling questions about state-sponsored terror in our own time.
In Stravinsky, the Second Exile, Stephen Walsh chronicles the composer's late years, disentangling the realities of his life and work from the published assertions of a self-serving assistant.
Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française, published fifty-two years after she perished at Auschwitz, offers an unsparing critique of France under the German occupation and raises questions about the compromises she made.
Bashing Barry Bonds has become a national sport, as the flawed slugger
nears matching Babe Ruth's record. But hasn't anyone considered the
faults of the Babe?
Alan Taylor's Divided Ground examines how land-grabbing
settlers destroyed Indian society and how postrevolutionary
politicians speeded their demise.
Longtime Nation Associate John Kenneth Galbraith is best
remembered not only as a New Dealer, old-line liberal or Keynesian
economist but as a contrarian and independent thinker.
As Upton Sinclair's novel turns 100, it reminds us that the best way to
nurture pride in America is to see its underbelly--and tell the truth
Alan Lightman makes scientists into artists in his new book The
Discoveries, promoting original journal articles as "the great
novels and symphonies of science."
In Death in the Haymarket James Green uses the story of the
Haymarket riot to expose the hopes and fears of nineteenth-century America,
nation living on the knife-edge of social catastrophe.
Robert Fitch's Solidarity for Sale exposes corruption as the cause of the current crisis in American labor.