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The Nazi hunters who wouldn’t give up: “Many war criminals… simply went back and resumed their lives” Detailed, dramatic, and at times gripping, Adam Nagorski’s “The Nazi Hunters” looks at about a dozen men and women who kept pushing at a time when the world was trying to move on.

The Nazi hunters who wouldn’t give up: “Many war criminals… simply went back and resumed their lives”

Hunters like Simon Wiesenthal and Serge and Ben Klarsfeld are characters here, as are Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie, Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess, “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele, “Bitch of Buchenwald” Ilse Koch, and the notorious Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann. Much of the book chronicles various hunts and tells the stories of those who led them.

But it also considers the larger moral issues around the effort: Were these hunters motivated by vengeance? What could be gained by arresting rickety old camp guards, decades later? Which American dream will win?: Donald Trump as existential hero and the ugliness lurking in the “dream life of our nation” The President of the United States plays a wide range of roles on the single stage of national leadership.

Which American dream will win?: Donald Trump as existential hero and the ugliness lurking in the “dream life of our nation”

More than a policymaker, commander, and executive, the President, for better and worse, is an emotional director for the country’s culture. The impact a President makes on the nation’s laws and politics is significant, but it is often a small dent in comparison to the crater of cultural influence. In addition to the empowerment of specific constituencies, Presidents also – through use of language, prioritization of ideas, and temperament – push American culture until it tilts in one direction.

George W. Bush enabled religious fanatics and nationalists to feel great pride in their ignorance and zealotry, just as it is no coincidence that the cultural left ascended to new prominence under the Presidency of Barack Obama. Peter Falk als Columbo: Die Rolle seines Lebens. Alle sitzen vor einem Kamin, im einzigen Raum des Schlosses, der beheizt ist.

Peter Falk als Columbo: Die Rolle seines Lebens

Überquellende Aschenbecher. Schweiß und Männergespräche. Neben Peter Falk stehen die dreckigen Stiefel, die er den ganzen Tag getragen hat. US-Vorwahlen: Chaos-Parteitag bei den Demokraten 1924. Dieses Mal sparte sich Donald Trump die Siegesfeier.

US-Vorwahlen: Chaos-Parteitag bei den Demokraten 1924

Nachdem er die jüngsten US-Vorwahlen in Arizona gewonnen, in Utah aber verloren hatte, beschränkte sich der Republikaner auf ein paar obligatorische Twitter-Posts: "Danke, Arizona! " Warum auch mehr? Die Nominierung seiner Partei scheint Trump sowieso sicher zu haben. The oil man and his dictators: Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco and the forgotten fascist history of Texaco. [This piece has been adapted from Adam Hochschild’s new book, Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939.]

The oil man and his dictators: Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco and the forgotten fascist history of Texaco

“Merchants have no country,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1814. “The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” This is how the GOP imploded: The real story behind the conservative crack-up, and the creation of Donald Trump. Today’s civil war in the GOP has observers scrambling to make sense of the struggle among the current Republican presidential candidates.

This is how the GOP imploded: The real story behind the conservative crack-up, and the creation of Donald Trump

Pundits are trying to find the roots of the chaos in President Obama’s 2008 election or in the rise of the Tea Party in 2010. But the current fights are only the fallout from a split that started in the 1930s, cracked open in the 1960s, and was complete in the 1990s. We cannot understand the present without understanding that earlier rift. WW1's The Somme: a terrible learning curve. The Eichmann Of The Confederate South. After tensions with her mother forced her to move out of her home, 18-year-old Anry Fuentes is finding a new family with her high school’s cheerleading squad, which she’s joining after two years of tryouts.

The Eichmann Of The Confederate South

In recent years, high schools have become a battleground for transgender issues, but one trans teen’s inspiring story should give advocates reason to hope. When Texas fell to the wingnuts: The secret history of the Southern strategy, modern conservatism and the Lone Star State. From the vantage point of most Dallas Republicans in early 1963, Barry Goldwater represented the brightest hope for national conservative Republicanism since the death of Robert Taft in 1953.

When Texas fell to the wingnuts: The secret history of the Southern strategy, modern conservatism and the Lone Star State

Annoyance with the New Deal, particularly the National Industrial Recovery Act’s wage and price controls, which interfered with the management of his family’s department store, led to Goldwater’s first foray into politics as a member of the Phoenix city council. A successful candidate for the United States Senate in 1952, Goldwater assailed President Truman’s New Deal. Campaigning for reelection in 1958, he attacked “labor bosses” and unions with even more ferocity than in 1952. The Arizona senator’s views echoed those of many North Texas businessmen. Enclosing a thousand-dollar check, Fort Worth oilman W. They died for Henry Kissinger’s “credibility”: The real history of our Vietnam immorality. Détente with the Soviet Union and the opening to China were significant breakthroughs in their own right.

They died for Henry Kissinger’s “credibility”: The real history of our Vietnam immorality

Indeed, a positive appraisal of the Nixon administration’s foreign policies is predicated on our viewing them this way. But Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger did not view them in isolation at the time. Instead, both men believed that Moscow and Beijing, keen to extract economic and strategic benefits from an improved relationship with Washington, would apply pressure on Hanoi to agree to peace terms permitting a full American withdrawal. On this topic their reasoning was misguided. It did not accord sufficient respect to North Vietnam’s fiercely guarded status as an independent actor, or indeed to the ideological solidarity that existed on at least a bilateral basis between Hanoi and its two Marxist-Leninist patrons. The Pope wanted Hitler dead: The secret story of the Vatican’s war to kill the Nazi despot.

At six in the morning on Sunday, 12 March, a procession snaked toward the bronze doors of St.

The Pope wanted Hitler dead: The secret story of the Vatican’s war to kill the Nazi despot

Peter’s. Libertarian superstar Ayn Rand defended Native American genocide: “Racism didn’t exist in this country until the liberals brought it up” Ayn Rand is the patron saint of the libertarian Right. Her writings are quoted in a quasi-religious manner by American reactionaries, cited like Biblical codices that offer profound answers to all of life’s complex problems (namely, just “Free the Market”). Yet, despite her impeccable libertarian bona fides, Rand defended the colonization and genocide of what she called the “savage” Native Americans — one of the most authoritarian campaigns of death and suffering ever orchestrated. “Any white person who brings the elements of civilization had the right to take over this continent,” Ayn Rand proclaimed, “and it is great that some people did, and discovered here what they couldn’t do anywhere else in the world and what the Indians, if there are any racist Indians today, do not believe to this day: respect for individual rights.”

Diary of Soviet Ambassador to London Rewrites History of World War II. The History Behind Hating Lefties. The numbers don’t lie—women with college degrees outrank men with degrees so some women looking for a guy with a diploma are bound to remain single. You feel like you’re in romantic purgatory. It’s real. It’s not a hazy paranoia. The Espionage in Your Gin & Tonic. The PBS documentary turns 25 this year, just as the Charleston murders and the Confederate flag debate freshly exposed a nation’s racial wounds—wounds the film mostly ignores. In October 1862, the photographer Mathew Brady opened an exhibition in his New York studio called “The Dead of Antietam.” In it he presented nearly 100 images of the Civil War battlefield that saw what was, up to that time, the bloodiest confrontation ever fought on American soil.

In one day, more than 20,000 men had been killed, wounded, or gone missing. Brady’s assistants, Alexander Gardner and James Gibson, arrived soon after the fighting was over and turned their lenses on the corpses of the Union and Confederate soldiers, capturing the grotesque reality of death in an age when people still imagined that war was a chivalrous affair.

Best of Breslin: Meyer Lansky Didn’t Know How to Behave. Butter cows, fried food, and the world’s most sought after presidential candidate. The day the 2016 circus came to the Iowa State Fair started out quietly. There were no lines for fried food, little girls with long golden braids walked their honey-colored spotted cows into a waiting pasture. Somewhere in the distance, a woman sang the national anthem—officially bringing the first weekend of the annual agriculture-fest to a start. This calm would soon be shattered by a series of political sideshows with varying degrees of intensity and celebrity—a microcosm of the debate taking place on the national stage where two megastars vie for the spotlight and everyone else watches, hoping for a misstep that could lead to their day in the sun. How the End of World War II Almost Didn’t Happen. Butter cows, fried food, and the world’s most sought after presidential candidate.

The day the 2016 circus came to the Iowa State Fair started out quietly. There were no lines for fried food, little girls with long golden braids walked their honey-colored spotted cows into a waiting pasture. From Roseanne Barr to Beyoncé, How Singers Have Succeeded and Failed With 'The Star-Spangled Banner' On July 25, 1990, the comedian Roseanne Barr stood in San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium before a baseball game, grabbed a microphone behind home plate, and, with her shirttails hanging out and sleeves rolled up, barked out what many consider to be the most unpatriotic performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in history.

In a screech not unlike a fork being scratched across slate, Barr garbled her way through the lyrics, missed notes intentionally, and capped off the whole affair by grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground. In her defense, those final gestures were meant as a parody of ballplayers’ behavior, but many of the 27,285 paying fans didn’t see it that way. What they saw was utter disrespect for the national anthem, and thus, the country. She had exercised her freedom of speech, so they exercised their right to boo her off the field. "The Brother" Who Sent the Rosenbergs to Their Death  'Saigon Has Fallen': The Vietnam War's Final Hours Through One Reporter's Eyes. 10 historical “facts” only a wingnut could believe. As you may have noticed by following their writings, conservatives are not sticklers for historical accuracy, especially when they have a point to defend and not a lot of evidence to support it.

After the Assassination: Images from HBO's Living With Lincoln Documentary. On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot dead by John Wilkes Booth. Altamira: la Capilla Sixtina del arte rupestre reabre sus puertas - BBC Mundo - Noticias. Anatomy of a racist revolution: How the GOP was hijacked by small-state bigotry. Since the United States Constitution was signed in 1788, there has always been a constant antagonism between state and federal power.

In George Washington’s administration, this antagonism formed in two brilliant individuals — Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. Jefferson was an agrarian at heart, and believed that America was destined to be a country of landowning farmers, with a small limited federal government. Hamilton, on the other hand, was a believer in a strong federal government that promoted manufacturing and commerce, and viewed Jefferson’s agrarian ideal as utopian. In many ways, this antagonism helped form our country today, though there can be no doubt that Hamilton’s view was much more prophetic. Are Stonehenge's Boulders Actually Big Bells? Bernard Bailyn Makes an Art of the Writing of History. Brain training doesn’t make you smarter. Bury Lenin's Body: The Symbol of Communism Should No Longer Mock Humanity  Cómo el cerebro graba para siempre la lengua materna - BBC Mundo.

Did America Win or Lose the Iraq War? Dressing the Indian woman through history. Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle. Hannah More: Powerhouse in a Petticoat. Hitler, Franco, and a Banker: The Path Not Taken in Nazi Germany  How does black hair reflect black history? - BBC News. How fast food targets you: The secret science — and sauce — behind McDonald’s, Snickers, Fritos and more. How Moses Could Have Parted the Red Sea. How Slavery Gave Capitalism Its Start.

How the Ottomans Ruined the 20th Century. How the South could have been saved: Abraham Lincoln’s last speech, and a vision unrealized. King Tut had a clubbed foot and other maladies because his parents were siblings. New DNA study ‘confirms 99.999%’ that Leicester skeleton is Richard III. Operation Mincemeat. Resuelven el misterio de cómo construyeron las pirámides de Egipto - BBC Mundo - Noticias.

Roosevelt Years (Serb that warned Hoover on possible attack on Pearl Harbour) Rwanda urged to take criminal action over BBC genocide film. Secrets of a power marriage: The Disraelis were the Clintons of their time. Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24  The birth of American plutocracy: When the 1 percent conquered U.S. politics.

The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler. The Chinese Town Descended From Romans? The Jews of Arabia. The Opportunistic Evil of Tariq Aziz. The Rich’s Class Warfare Is Winning. This Week in World War I October 3-9, 1914  What’s Great About the Great Society. Why MLK wore a Hawaiian Lei at Selma. Why Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates Are Terrified of Artificial Intelligence 

Why the GOP Hates U.S. History: Inconvenient Truths That Freak Out American Conservatives  WWII's Secret Battle in the Woods. ‘The Rebels Are Our Countrymen Again’: Grant and Lee Meet at Appomattox. “Corroded to its core”: Why the results of the Senate torture report are even worse than we thought. “It’s symbolic annihilation of history, and it’s done for a purpose. It really enforces white supremacy”: Edward Baptist on the lies we tell about slavery. “The same rhetoric you hear from religious anti-vaxxers today are the arguments made against Cotton Mather”: Peter Manseau.