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Walter Kempowski on the set of A Standalone Chapter

For the German novelist Walter Kempowski, there was no single unifying experience of World War II.

A Roman theater in Bosra, once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia, 2009

How the destruction of architectural treasures became a weapon in Syria’s ongoing civil war.

Children in Varanasi, India, wearing masks of Narendra Modi, April 24, 2014

Why India’s boom years have been a bust.

American Expeditionary Forces secret ink lab

The secret history of invisible ink.

Slavko Goldstein

In 1941, genocide broke out in Croatia, and we still cannot explain why.

An excerpt from Victor Navasky's The O'Dell File reveals the story of the civil rights movement's 'unsung hero' who has been wrongly written out of the pages of history.

David Bromwich

Does David Bromwich’s idea of a Burkean left amount to anything more than contempt for Obama?

Smoking Gun cover

Watergate itself is “smoking gun” proof of that old axiom about the corruption of power.

Alessandro Spina

“Darling, this is Alessandro Spina, who is trying to make Italians feel guilty about their colonial crimes.”

V.S. Naipaul

A reporter’s journey involves writing with a sense of history and without false consolation.

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