Pinochet

Six Dictators' Favorite Books
January 10, 2014

The literary tastes of dictators are a slightly sordid fascination. Here are the favorite books of a few of our least favorite men.

The Trial of Robert D. Kaplan
The Atlantic's absurd defense of Henry Kissinger
April 25, 2013

The Atlantic writer's apologia for Henry Kissinger is incoherent and amoral all at once.

Pat Buchanan's Revisionist Tendencies
September 04, 2009

Pat Buchanan's most recent column has landed him in a whole mess of trouble. In it, he argues that not enough blame has been put on the Poles and the British for starting World War II, and that Hitler's intentions were largely benign. Of course, this isn't exactly surprising; Buchanan has a long, sordid history of misremembering the war. TNR has been following this for years, and below you'll find some of our most damning reporting on the man. All in the Family (10/02/00).

Dead Left
July 30, 2008

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism By Naomi Klein (Metropolitan Books, 576 pp., $28) It seems like a very long time—though in truth only a few years have passed—since the most sinister force on the planet that the left could imagine was Nike. In 2001, Time proclaimed that the anti-globalization movement had become the “defining cause” of a new generation, and that the spokesperson for the cause was the Canadian writer and activist Naomi Klein.

Moral Clarity
December 11, 2006

George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language": Consider for instance some comfortable English professor defending Russian totalitarianism. He cannot say outright, 'I believe in killing off your opponents when you can get good results by doing so'.