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  • November 25, 1999

    Exploiting a Tragedy, or Le Rouge en Noir

    The author of this review is the son of a zek: My father barely survived his deportation to a Siberian camp in Vorkuta.

    Daniel Singer

  • October 28, 1999

    Mr. Debs, My Darling

    In offhand, birdsong passing, Marguerite Young observes: "As for the nineteenth century, it may be said that it was probably the leakiest century there ever was and so would remain." By leaky per

    John Leonard

  • October 21, 1999

    Our Monumental Mistakes

    To the surprise of historians themselves, history--or at least its public presentation--has become big business.

    Eric Foner

  • October 14, 1999

    More Nixon Tapes Released

    Among his more peculiar views,
    He thought all Communists were Jews.
    Historians must ponder how
    He managed to account for Mao.

    Calvin Trillin

  • September 9, 1999

    Candid in Camera

    It all began in the heat of the summer of 1940. Hitler was at his peak in Europe. France had been defeated.

    Gore Vidal

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  • August 19, 1999

    Saving History From the Shredder

    They call him "the world's most famous bank guard": Christoph Meili, the former night watchman at the Union Bank of Switzerland in Zurich who in 1997 rescued from the shredder documents that desc

    Jon Wiener

  • July 22, 1999

    Still Not Over Over There?

    The estimates of the number of books written about World War I are in the hundreds of thousands.

    Hans Koning

  • July 8, 1999

    Scandalocracy

    Public scandals are America's favorite parlor sport. Learning about the flaws and misdeeds of the rich and famous seems to satisfy our egalitarian yearnings.

    Robert Dallek

  • April 8, 1999

    False History Lessons

    Confronted with the inexplicable, policy-makers and pundits alike grope for the apt historical analogy. It's a natural human reaction.

    Kai Bird

  • April 1, 1999

    Holocaust Denial: A Sequel

    The Case of Binjamin Wilkomirski's Fragments

    Until the past few months, bestowing any Holocaust honorific upon Binjamin Wilkomirski, the author of the

    Harvey Peskin