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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Discussed in this essay: Of Love & War, by Lynsey Addario. Penguin Press. 272 pages. $40. Heavy, by Kiese Laymon. Scribner. 256 pages. $26. The Letters of Sylvia Plath. Harper. 1088 pages. $45.…
The chaotic, underfunded battle against the Islamic State
A golden age for the freelance soldier
The Pentagon’s losing battle against IEDs
Lines of dialogue from a test version of the First Person Cultural Trainer, a computer game developed by a research team at the University of Texas at Dallas. The game…
From statements included in more than 800 claims for compensation submitted to the U.S. Army by the families of civilians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2005 and 2007. The…
Travels in Iraqi Kurdistan
By Andrew J. Bacevich, in the August 15 issue of Commonweal. Bacevich is a professor of international relations at Boston University and the author, most recently, of The Limits of…
The serious boy at war
Alex de Waal among the war criminals