U.S. Cold War Policy Was Designed by a Bigot
April 19, 2014
In his decades of influential writing and policymaking, George Kennan presented himself as a hard-headed realist. He was anything but.
Historians Need to Learn to Hold Two Ideas About LBJ at Once
April 16, 2014
We need to consider his great deeds and terrible deeds side by side.
The guy achieved major liberal reforms in a country that fights them tooth and nail. Stop maligning him.
We think we have a handle on LBJ—the raw ambition, the animal physicality, the gaping insecurities—but for the most part, we’re just redrawing the cartoon.
The ASA's Boycott of Israel Is Not as Troubling As It Seems
December 19, 2013
The American Studies Association is not nearly as influential as it thinks it is.
JFK Was an Unapologetic Liberal
November 11, 2013
Conservatives are trying to claim him as one of their own. He wasn't. He was an unapologetic liberal.
Arguing Iraq—Ten Years Later
March 20, 2013
MICHAEL IGNATIEFF: "For all the talk about futility and perversity in interventions, it is well to remember that not all of them have failed."
March 19, 2013
Howard Zinn copied, pasted, and simplified his way to A People's History of the United States. The rest of his scholarship wasn't much better.