John R. MacArthur

The death of American civility

27 October 2018 9:00 am

My father, an avowed liberal, taught me old-school manners: hold the door and give up your seat for ladies; stand…

The right stuff: I’ll miss my friend Tom Wolfe

19 May 2018 9:00 am

To some, Tom Wolfe’s death might seem a greater loss for readers on the right wing of American culture and…

What was Donald Trump’s father doing at a notorious KKK rally in 1927?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The figure of Donald Trump looms over Sarah Churchwell’s new history of American national identity, which highlights the ugliest features…

Trying hard to be somebody in Trump’s America

3 February 2018 9:00 am

For Horace Hopper, the half-breed protagonist of Willy Vlautin’s bleak new novel, essential truths come slowly, and usually too late…

Yes, Donald Trump is grotesque. But I will never vote for Hillary Clinton

26 March 2016 9:00 am

   New York ‘Does this mean we have to vote for Hillary?’ asked my wife. It was early morning 16…

Alger Hiss attends his trial (Photo: Getty)

Alger Hiss: Tricky Dick’s scapegoat

26 September 2015 8:00 am

In the more than 40 years since Richard Nixon resigned as president — disgraced as much by his inveterate lying…

Robert Moses in 1952

The sadist who wrecked New York, and the last of the great biographers

4 July 2015 9:00 am

It is something of a mystery why the Bodley Head has decided to publish Robert Caro’s The Power Broker in…

The dark comedy of the Senate torture report

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Like many journalists, I’m a bit of a know-it-all — when information is touted as ‘new’, especially in government reports,…

Clinton vs Bush — again

26 April 2014 9:00 am

America is much less threatened by right-wing extremists than by the oligarchic rule of the two major political parties. The…

Why is Doris Kearns Goodwin raking up old muck?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Era are well-worn subjects for both professional and amateur historians, so it’s pertinent to ask…