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News and Analysis from The Nation on Biography
February 14, 2017
Edward Jay Epstein’s Alternative Facts
A new book suggests Snowden may have been a spy, but what it reveals is its author’s own duplicity.
February 8, 2017
He may have lived a 19th-century life, but his ideas keep coming back with a vengeance.
January 26, 2017
Nobody Wanted to Take Us In: The Story of Jared Kushner’s Family, and Mine
As Trump bars refugees and Muslim immigrants from coming to this country, it’s worth remembering the Jews who were shut out the last time we closed our borders—like Jared Kushner
January 23, 2017
In the Wings of Reality
Claude Arnaud’s biography of Jean Cocteau shows how the artist lived a life nourished by infinity.
January 2, 2017
Why Jack Johnson’s Family Should Refuse Any Exoneration
Jack Johnson is too important a historical figure to be used as a prop by right-wing politicians.
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December 22, 2016
Polanyi In Our Times
What the Austro-Hungarian economic theorist tells us about the upheavals of our age.
November 9, 2016
How Much Did Alan Greenspan Really Know?
Despite the efforts of a new biographer, it seems that Greenspan was more flying by the seat of his pants than acting as a strategic policy-maker.
November 2, 2016
Why did one of the 20th century’s most influential thinkers fade from significance?
November 2, 2016
A new biography explores the mysterious life and times of Toussaint Louverture.
David A. Bell
October 5, 2016
Le Carré’s Other Cold War
The wonder and rage the English novelist felt toward his own country.