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How Argentine fiction about the Malvinas War conspires in a trick of perspective.

The Twenty-Seventh Man

Nathan Englander’s play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, focuses on the moment that Yiddish culture in Russia died a sudden and unnatural death.

Madge Garland, early 1920s

The unconventional story of three women and their unconventional lives in the early twentieth century.

Brigham Young and unidentified woman, circa early 1850s

How the American Moses became America’s first spiritual manager in the wilderness of Scripture-infused capitalism.

A column of prisoners at Jaworzno camp in Poland, a former subcamp of Auschwitz

Did postwar population transfers complete a project of ethnic cleansing started by Hitler?

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In The Passage of Power, Robert Caro shows that LBJ’s brilliance as a politician lay not in his idealism but his opportunism.

Oliver Stone

Missed opportunities, roads not taken—these are the central themes of Stone's new documentary. 

A group of peasants posed atop a mountain of ashes at Treblinka

Can the two central images of Poland during World War II—a country of heroes and a country of collaborators—ever be combined?

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke

Chairman Ben Bernanke, who’s been sounding the alarm, is attacked constantly by the right. He and his allies need support from a mostly silent left.

Public sympathies and political outcomes over the Amistad Africans drifted in opposite directions.

Blogs

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

‘Wide and luminous’ or ‘grid-locked and addled on speed’?

May 22, 2014