Andrew Delbanco

Some weeks ago I took my children to West Point. We visited the military museum, and since I was at the time reading Gore Vidal's historical fictions, I was drawn to a glass case containing exhibits from the Philippine war (which is one of the subjects of Empire), "The cession of the Philippines to the United States in 1899," the labels explain, "as a result of the Spanish-American War prompted those Filipinos who wanted complete independence to rise against the Americans.

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A new film and biography of J.D. Salinger claim to reveal new information about the reclusive writer's life—including new work. In 1987, Andrew Delbanco reviewed another Salinger biography and the "unsquelchable" rumor of unpublished work. 

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Lincoln's Long Game

The morally painful road to slavery's end

Is Lincoln's compromised, hesitant effort to end slavery defensible?

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MOOCs of Hazard

Will online education dampen the college experience? Yes. Will it be worth it? Well...

Will online education dampen the college experience? Yes. Will it be worth it? Well...

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The Universalist

by Andrew Delbanco

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What should we make of Salinger's attempt to block publication of a slim biography?

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God's Realist

How the left rediscovered Reinhold Niebuhr.

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