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Two new books examine the diverse and ambitious alliances that led to the end of slavery in America.

It doesn't matter that Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette is a dreadful film, but it is alarming that the past is increasingly seen as a place in which the most important thing of all is who's, like, famous.

Daniel Mendelsohn's The Lost represents one man's search to find
the truth about himself, his family and the Holocaust.

Let us follow the example set by the judges and prosecutors who pursued
justice in the Nuremberg Trials to lead America back to a reverence for
the rule of law and the common good.

An intellectual biography of Richard Hofstadter rides a wave of nostalgia for this artful historian and liberal icon of the 1950s and '60s.

Have you attacked the Founding Fathers lately? Know anyone who has?
Gordon Wood knows you're out there, on a campaign to dehumanize
Washington, Jefferson and their peers.

Caroline Finkel's new book, Osman's Dream, explores the rise and calamitous fall of the Ottoman Empire.

Thirty years after Watergate, we again face a constitutional crisis at home and a misconceived war abroad. The United States will remain a helpless giant until we finally learn that power in the nuclear, postimperial age is diplomatic, not military.

Three new books on China invite the West to give up simplistic dreams
and nightmares and come to terms with a complex and rapidly evolving
authoritarian state.

American history is marked by waves of immigrants--from Germans in the
eighteenth century to Mexicans in the twenty-first--and by nativist
backlashes against them.


"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