Hendrik Hertzberg

We Thought the Tiananmen Square Protests Meant the End of Communism. We Were Wrong.
December 12, 2014

If anything, Tiananmen taught the Chinese government the value of quiet authoritarianism.

What Life Was Like on Moscow's Streets After the USSR Collapsed
December 08, 2014

The only good thing Communism left behind was the Metro.

You’re Wrong, You’re Wrong, You’re Definitely Wrong, and I’m Probably Wrong, Too
November 17, 2014

What it was like to edit The New Republic at its most contentious.

What Woodstock Was Really Like
November 13, 2014

Unwanted hitchhikers, muddy sleeping bags, and rumors of Bob Dylan... doesn't sound great, but you had to be there.

When Lee Atwater and a Newt Gingrich Aide Tried to Gay-Bait Tom Foley
October 18, 2013

Former House Speaker Tom Foley died today at age 84. Foley led the House of Representatives between 1989 and the Republican revolution of 1994.

The Child Monarch
September 09, 1991

President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime by Lou Cannon (Simon and Schuster, 948 pp., $24.95) An American Life by Ronald Reagan (Simon and Schuster, 748 pp., $24.95) I. Maybe the local time just seems slower because the current occupant of the White House is a hyperactive gland case. Anyhow, it's hard to believe that only a couple of years have passed since the Reagans went away. It was a touching moment, we now learn.

Costa Rica Diarist: Democracia
December 04, 1989

Where were you when you learned about the fall of the Wall? Me, I was in a grubby, dimly lit roadside police station in rural Costa Rica. Having just emerged from two days of shooting rapids on a rubber raft through jungle mountains, followed by a morning at a remote, coconut-covered beach on the Atlantic coast where the sand and the inhabitants alike are mostly black and mostly untroubled, I was out of touch with everything except the elements.

Costa Rica Diarist: Democracia
December 04, 1989

Hertzberg: Where were you when the Wall fell?

September 12, 1989

The Bush-Quayle ticket is a powerful symbol of the moral decline of the American ruling class. Con- sider the response of each half of this generationally balanced ticket to its generation's war. In 1941 George Herbert Walker Bush, scion of a rich and politically influential family, was a 17-year-old senior at a prestigious New England prep school, A secure and idyllic childhood, spent in the bosky suburban towns of Milton, Massachusetts, and Greenwich, Connecticut, and in summerhouses and sailboats on the Maine coast, was behind him.

You Had To Be There
August 28, 1989

Going to Woodstock was interesting. Getting out of there was ecstasy. Four of us set out on the morning of Friday. August 16. 1969--me, fresh out of the Navy; my college friend Phil; and our girlfriends, Karen and Mary. We had spent Thursday night at my sister's farm in Rockland County, not too far from where the festival was to be held. She and her husband wanted to come with us, but they had a small child and decided to stay home. They waved goodbye to us from their porch as we pulled out in Phil's beat-up Volkswagen bug. We knew we were in for an adventure of some sort. Why did we go?