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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
In search of justice and forgiveness in Florida
By Howard W. French, from China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa, published this month by Knopf. French is a former New York…
Will drought destroy the Southwest?
Former militants take on the post-apartheid struggle
From a report by the inspector general of the Air Force concerning allegations against Major General Michael J. Carey of professional misconduct during a trip to Russia last July. In…
A Taliban intelligence chief’s death and resurrection
By Amitava Kumar, from A Matter of Rats, a “short biography” of his hometown of Patna, India, to be published by Duke University Press in April. Patna is the capital…
By Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011), from The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos, to be published in March by New York Review Books. Edited by Colin Thubron…
What the prudes get wrong about Sin City
A pilgrimage to Ellen Altfest’s body paintings