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A historian plugs some suspicious gaps in two revisionist histories of Vietnam.

Juan Cole's Napoleon's Egypt examines the little dictator's doomed attempt to occupy an Arab country.

If the President is allowed to invoke the divine right of kings, the American Revolution will have come full circle.

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.

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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