History and Historiography

Mussolini’s Daughter

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Our March 23 issue is online now, with Jenny Uglow on Mussolini’s daughter, Andrew O’Hagan on the libidinal HBO, Charles Glass on devastation and resignation in Syria, Ruth Bernard Yeazell on Frans Hals’s jolly portraits and money troubles, Francisco Cantú on the Mexican Revolution, Sarah Schulman on vice cops’ vices, Verlyn Klinkenborg on ancient trees, Magda Teter on accusations most foul, Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the Tories’ festering mess, poems by Lauren K. Watel and Will Harris, and much more.

Jenny Uglow
Fascism’s Poster Girl

Edda Mussolini was once considered “the most dangerous woman in Europe,” but did she have real political power?

Colin Grant
Far from Jamaica

Jonathan Escoffery’s If I Survive You explores the unsettling shifts in identity for two generations of a Jamaican family in Florida.

Andrew O’Hagan
More Real Than Reality

When asked why HBO took such bold risks on shows that were darker, more libidinal, and more surreal than than those on other networks, a company executive replied, “Because we can.”

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Willa Glickman
‘A Wakeup Call from Hell’

By striking for safe staffing levels, New York City nurses joined a wave of labor unrest that has swept the health care industry in response to Covid-19.

Free from the Archives

In the Review’s November 22, 1984, issue, the economist John Kenneth Galbraith surveyed the collected writings—twenty-nine volumes from Cambridge University Press—of John Maynard Keynes, “one of the three or four greatest economists who ever lived.” Galbraith found an energetic polymath (“In no necessary order of importance his pursuits included the following: his public career in the treasury during two wars; his long association with King’s College, Cambridge, of which he was the highly successful and, as a speculator one must believe exceptionally lucky, bursar;…journalism;…his interest in agriculture and particularly pigfarming”) who, with unrelenting vigor, “changed both economic and political thought and the course of history.”

John Kenneth Galbraith
General Keynes

“Keynes rejected specialization. His life and effort were guided by perhaps the most diverse thought and experience of any person in modern times.”

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