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Biography news and analysis from The Nation
May 18, 2017
The Mysticism of Louis Kahn
After walking through the buildings he designed, it is impossible to imagine a world without them.
April 18, 2017
What America’s 19th-century Reformers and Radicals Missed
A new book on the antebellum period captures the dangers of confusing self-improvement with institutional change.
March 30, 2017
Letters From the April 17, 2017, Issue
For the public, not profit… Russia’s a touchy subject… Book learning: Hitler and the labor movement…
March 14, 2017
The Enduring Struggle
Frederick Douglass’s radical vision of democratic politics.
February 28, 2017
The Ways to Destroy Democracy
A new biography of Hitler offers us a warning from history.
Richard J. Evans
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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.