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Why can't white people and black people have access to a shared history that is accurate, honest, antiracist and inclusive?

A new exhibit inadvertently displays why Americans might be confused about what terrorism is and how to fight it.

The legal philosophy of Louis Brandeis illuminates some of the compelling legal issues of our own times.

Ruth Scurr reviews The First Total War, a study of Napoleonic France that illuminates the causes of all-out war.

What is the self? Do we all have one? Is it best treated with Botox or with books? Bohemian Los Angeles explains it all.

On Gerald Ford's greatness and the New York Times's ghastly coverage of Iraq.

The story behind the story of Gerald Ford's pardon of Nixon.

The collapse of the Soviet Union was far from inevitable: A historic opportunity to democratize and marketize Russia by more gradual means was lost--and the people paid the price.

God's War explores the barbaric clash of Christianity and Islam,
and what happens when people follow religious voices that no one else
can hear.

While there may be something great about winning a war, the United
States must learn there is something much greater about using the tools of peacemaking to build a better world.

Blogs

The Nation’s coverage of an earlier Confederate flag controversy—from 1887—shows the real reason the flag still flies in South Carolina.

June 22, 2015

"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