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Anthony Shadid

The most gifted foreign correspondent in a generation reported with authority and empathy.

Robert Carter

For Robert L. Carter, one of the leading civil rights strategists and activists of the twentieth century, the fight for equal, quality public education was foundational to the movement to liberate this country from the blight of racism and its crippling legacies.

Vaclav Havel was undoubtedly one of the greatest Europeans of our generation, a man, who fully deserves the unquestionable respect both of his country and the world.

Carter helped to change America, and helped to change me, along with the many black and white lawyers who worked with him and whom he taught that fighting for equal rights entails risk, patience, understanding and placing the cause before yourself.

Christopher was moved, in his choice of objects of animosity, by an unstable mixture of calculation and conviction.

 A pioneering historian convinced that another world was possible, and that working people would create it for themselves.

Christa Wolf

German Novelist Christa Wolf dies on December 1, 2011 at 82.

Christopher Hitchens

With a dry, sharp, ironic voice—Christopher Hitchens graced The Nation’s pages from 1978 to 2006. The best of his articles, columns and reviews are collected here. 

Richard Grossman

An activist ahead of his time, Richard L. Grossman, a community organizer, galvanized work on a variety of progressive causes during his remarkable four-decade career.

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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

Fifty years ago, Senators Wayne Morse and Ernest Gruening cast visionary votes against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and war in Southeast Asia.

August 7, 2014

Jonathan’s unique ability to build bridges brought together this child of a red-diaper baby with a core member of LBJ’s war cabinet in common cause.

June 13, 2014

China has changed a lot in twenty-five years, but there are still valuable lessons to be learned from the Tiananmen protesters. 

June 9, 2014

The students rigged up a PA system and played Beethoven’s Ninth over and over.

June 3, 2014

A brilliant author who organized with Dr. King and served on the staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

May 28, 2014

He’d been Pynchon-like until then but somehow I coaxed him, via snail mail, into his first major interview, for my magazine, Crawdaddy, in 1977.

May 21, 2014

As a student and politician and activist, Gaylord Nelson kept his eyes open. 

April 22, 2014

As Leonard Cohen once put it, “We asked for signs/and signs were sent.”

April 20, 2014

How Mickey Rooney’s Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream changed Vidal’s life.

April 7, 2014