America

Christopher Columbus Was Both a Crusader and a Villain
But his story is too complicated to only use dichotomies.
October 13, 2014

Yes, he did terrible things. Here's the full story. 

The Kremlin, the Russian Liberals, and the West All See What They Want to See in Ukraine
February 20, 2014

The battle unfolding in the streets of Kiev today is proving to be yet another geopolitical blank slate.

Martha Gellhorn's Revelatory Road Trip Across America
June 30, 1947
November 08, 2013

There is no moral to driving through America. There probably isn't any conclusion. Except the obvious one: America is not what it sounds, Americans are not those people you read about in newspapers and magazines. I

Six Things Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Hates About America
October 07, 2013

Antonin Scalia, why do you hate America?

Egypt's Military Leader Is, Unsurprisingly, a Thug
August 05, 2013

When I interviewed John McCain a couple weeks ago for the latest issue of The New Republic, he was candid about his opinion of Egypt's new military leader, General Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. Here was the exchange: 

And the Award for Most Insufferable Author Goes to...
July 08, 2013

The new novel Americanah has elicited a number of strong reactions, ranging from exasperation to awe.

Throw the Bums Out!
The populist moment in Europe and the United States
March 04, 2013

Why populists are dominating politics in Europe and the United States.

How Ghastly Were the Beginnings of European America?
The Savage New World
February 20, 2013

Bernard Bailyn paints a bloody picture of colonial life. Alan Taylor is skeptical. 

Whatever Happened To Tax Cuts?
August 30, 2012

Has the GOP relegated talk of tax cuts to quiet rooms?

Amid Pageantry and Spectacle of America’s ‘Mormon Moment,’ Mormons Shrug
August 03, 2012

As darkness fell on the wooded slopes of the Hill Cumorah on Friday, July 20, hundreds of costumed performers made their way through a crowd of Mormon faithful and a handful of non-Mormon onlookers.

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