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Peter Morgan's new play is highly entertaining; Frank Langella's portrait of Nixon is brutally amusing; yet the play is historically inaccurate.

Although many historians have condemned Alger Hiss as a Soviet spy, the facts of his story remain obscure.

Although many historians have condemned Alger Hiss as a Soviet spy, the facts of his story remain obscure.

Remembering the political economist who brought to contemporary issues the research and philosophical vision of a scholar.

Remembering an eminent activist historian whose passing has left the public sphere much poorer.

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

One of the phrases most often quoted from Justice Brandeis is, "If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold." The full context in which the phrase first appears is les

Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford explores the contradictions
of a social revolutionary possessed of an aristocrat's sense of the
wrong and right kind of people.

Before Bob Gates's confirmation as CIA chief in 1991, the man now designated as Bush's Secretary of Defense was charged with forcing intelligence reports to conform to a tough anti-Soviet line.

Blogs

Meditations on writers’ conferences, Schlesinger Jr. on America, an Auden poem.

May 15, 2014

Ramachandra Guha’s essay in next week’s issue is only the latest in a long line of critical appreciations of the late historian’s work to be published in The Nation.

November 2, 2013

During his Congressional run in 1960, the late writer and Nation contributor fired back at a less-than-friendly newspaper publisher.

October 8, 2012

 A new participatory documentary captures the excitement of Obama's election.

March 10, 2010