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1939-1945

Machine Politics

Rather than creating a more equal society, the internet has given rise to a new age of authoritarianism

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Machine Politics

The rise of the internet and a new age of authoritarianism

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The Fountain Pen

From the journal I did not keep

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Highly Ineffective People

From the Simple Sabotage Field Manual, published in 1944 by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services. The manual, which was declassified in 2008, was intended for distribution to citizens of enemy…

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American Imperium

Untangling truth and fiction in an age of perpetual war

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Oath of the Elbe

From Swansong 1945: A Collective Diary of the Last Days of the Third Reich, edited by Walter Kempowski, out this month from W. W. Norton. On April 25, 1945, Soviet…

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Giving Up the Ghost

The eternal allure of life after death

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The War of the World

On a single day in July of 1943, more than 500 Allied planes bombed Rome, killing 1,500 people. The city got off lightly compared with Naples, which was attacked 200…

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Body Count

By Alexander Kluge, from Air Raid, an account of the destruction of Halberstadt, Germany, by American bomber squadrons on April 8, 1945, out this month from Seagull Books. Kluge is…

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