As a foreign correspondent, I scoffed at the notion that my stories could constitute the first draft of history. But, if truth be told, I was inclined to believe it  particularly when I was... read more

In 1923, moments before he was arrested for treason for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch, Adolf Hitler considered taking his own life. It was a young American woman, writes Andrew Nagorski in... read more


We've all heard about Americans in Paris and London in the 1920s and 1930s, the likes of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. But what's often forgotten is... read more


Martha Dodd was 24 when she arrived in Berlin in the summer of 1933 with her father, the new American ambassador, her mother, and brother. Recalling her state of mind later,... read more

"The year is 1938 and Iran is Germany," Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned -- and is likely to warn again during his visit to Washington on Monday.

The Israeli prime minister is... read more


At six foot four inches tall, Truman Smith cut an imposing figure, and possessed an impressive pedigree. Smith's grandfather had served as a U.S. senator, and his father was a... read more


Right-wing extremism still flourishes in Germany, but forbidding the publication of Hitler’s screed accomplishes nothing—and may even make it more alluring to the wrong people... read more

Late on a frozen, translucent night in Moscow in 1981, I took my collie out for a walk and let her off the leash on the snow-covered playground near our building in the foreigners compound where... read more

Two decades ago, Bill Clinton famously kept himself on message in his successful bid to unseat President George H.W. Bush by repeatedly invoking the phrase: "It's the economy, stupid." It was... read more

Visiting playwright Vaclav Havel in his Prague apartment overlooking the Vltava River in the 1980s, foreign correspondents were often stopped by police or secret police watching his building, who... read more