How Fares the Land?
We grew up thinking of Joseph P. Kennedy as a Hitler appeaser, a Catholic libertine, a complicated embarrassment and obstacle for his political sons to get around… David Nasaw’s brilliant biography of The Patriarch makes it a far richer story of a father and specially JFK, much more like than different in thought and action, triumph and frustration.
Pankaj Mishra, post-colonial literary light of London, argues that the "spell" of Western power is broken after Iraq, Afghanistan and the finance meltdown.
Eric Hobsbawm, the imperial historian dead at 95, spoke bluntly of the Bush-Blair misadventure in Iraq as dementia.
Ralph Nader, in hometown Winsted, CT, reflects on the evidence that we're becoming an "advanced third-world country" and the good reason to bet that democracy can save us.
Jackson Lears, the cultural historian, is ticking off some of the words that won't be debated in our 2012 campaign -- among them: capitalism, neo-liberalism, sense of a "pre-World War I" moment.
The sorry shrinking of America started 35 years ago -- in theory, then practice, in Princeton historian Dan Rodgers' account.
Chris Hayes, the rising star of Talk TV, is a super-competitive smart guy who'll tell you "the cult of smart guys" is our downfall.
John Lanchester is unfolding his big novel CAPITAL about London (and the world) in the Age of Funny Money. It isn't over.
Jacob Hacker, Yale's bright light on American politics, is telling us how corporate capitalism ate the American Dream.