Poland in the Darkness of World War II
December 20, 2012

The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War By Halik Kochanski (Harvard University Press, 734 pp., $35) The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery By Witold Pilecki translated by Jarek Garliński (Aquila Polonica, 460 pp., $34.95)   ONCE, THE Allied history of the Second World War—the Anglo-American history of the Second World War, the Victors’ history of the Second World War—was the only one we thought mattered.

The Best Movie of the Year: Michael Haneke's Amour
December 12, 2012

Amour is an unsentimental film about an intense, selfish love,

How Europe Earned Its Nobel Peace Prize
December 07, 2012

When 500 million Europeans receive their Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, here's why they really will deserve it.

Geoff Dyer’s Renovation of Contemporary Nonfiction
December 07, 2012

Before 2013 begins, catch up on the best of 2012. From now until the New Year, we will be re-posting some of The New Republic’s most thought-provoking pieces of the year. Enjoy. Zona By Geoff Dyer (Pantheon, 228 pp., $24)   NEVER MIND the writing, as superb as it so often is: as agile, as subtle, as witty, as funny, as brilliantly insightful. Never mind the breadth—a book about jazz, a book about photography, a book about a film, a book about D.H.

Aleksandar Hemon: In Paris, Zlatan Ibrahimović Learns to Share
December 03, 2012

Has the great Swedish player of Bosnian-Croatian origin finally found a home?

Id of the Senate: How Twitter Unleashed Chuck Grassley
November 16, 2012

"Assume deer dead," and other greatest hits.

François Hollande’s Apology Tour—and What Americans Should Learn From It
October 19, 2012

In France, apologizing for your country can be good politics. Maybe American presidents should give it a try?

The Novel That Frightened Hamas and the Arab League
October 19, 2012

Reading the controversial novels of Algerian writer Boualem Sansal.