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Non-fiction news and analysis from The Nation
October 23, 2017
‘We Have Not a Government’: The US Before the Constitution
An interview with George William Van Cleve, author of a new book about a period of crisis that offers tools for thinking about our own.
October 18, 2017
Can the History of the Soviet Union Be Told through a Single Building?
Yuri Slezkine's new history captures the triumphs and tragedies of everyday life after the Russian Revolution.
October 12, 2017
Three new books map the ambiguities of the UN’s extraterritorial status.
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
October 5, 2017
Fixers Are the Unsung Heroes of Journalism
The brave locals who guide foreign reporters deserve recognition for making the story possible.
October 5, 2017
James Scott's search for the origins of the state.
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September 27, 2017
The Rage of White Folk
How the silent majority became a loud and angry minority.
September 5, 2017
The Messy Business of Free Speech
What’s missing from Floyd Abrams’s book
The Soul of the First Amendment
July 20, 2017
The Poetics of Jazz
A new book presents an alternative aesthetic history of jazz—and is also a challenge to all music critics.
David B. Hobbs
June 28, 2017
Socialism’s Past and Future
Axel Honneth’s new book seeks to give renewed meaning to the socialist ideal.
June 19, 2017
Mary Gaitskill Remains Open to Opposition
The closest thing we get to a precept in
Somebody with a Little Hammer
is that we should all try to learn to think for ourselves—and, even then, things can go wrong.