Richard Nixon’s tapes and the psychology of division

New tapes from the Nixon White House show Nixon's pathologic prejudices against virtually every ethnic group, particularly his crude anti-Semitism.


Exploding tea party myths about American history

Jill Lepore's "The Whites of Their Eyes" is two distinct histories in the space of a single volume.


Springtime for Franco and Pope Benedict

In Spain recently, Pope Benedict made remarks that boil down to an outrageous defense of the 40-year fascist dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco.


“Secession balls” in 2010?

There were two stories about the beginnings of the Civil War this week: Georgia acknowledges slavery, while neo-Confederates ignore it.