With the Pentagon Papers revelations, the U.S. public’s trust in the government was forever diminished.
Jeff Shesol’s “Mercury Rising” explores the careers of John Kennedy and John Glenn as a way to cut through the rhetoric of space exploration.
The good will President Biden brings on his first trip abroad papers over lingering doubts about U.S. reliability and the cost that Europe will be expected to pay.
Anne Sebba’s new biography tells the story of a fanatical Communist and loving mother who went to her death proclaiming her innocence.
The famed source of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has made another unauthorized disclosure — and wants to be prosecuted for it.
Jonathan Stevenson’s “A Drop of Treason” examines the career of Philip Agee, whose 1975 book revealed key secrets of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The government has been using its money and power to create an alternative to a global news media dominated by outlets like the BBC and CNN.
Was a huge blast at a Czech weapons depot sabotage by Russian spies? The villagers where it happened aren’t sure, but they do know they only want to watch James Bond films, not live inside one.
Menand’s “The Free World” is a sweeping survey of the revolutions that changed American life in the 1950s and ’60s.
Pakistan’s military stayed allied to both the Americans and Taliban. But now the country may face intensified extremism at home as a result of a perceived Taliban victory.
Franz Josef Huber, responsible for deporting tens of thousands of Jews, escaped punishment with U.S. backing and went on to work for West German intelligence, newly disclosed records reveal.
Whether you’re craving a thriller, a spy documentary or an exploration of an American musical icon, each of these limited series can be enjoyed in one big gulp.
Biden has a chance to turn China’s strengths into weaknesses.
As President Biden predicts a struggle between democracies and their opponents, Beijing is eager to champion the other side.
It may look like the bad old days of the Cold War, but today’s bitter superpower competition is about technology, cyberconflict and influence operations.
The human touch was at the heart of everything achieved by George Shultz, the former secretary of state who died on Saturday.
He carried one of Washington’s weightiest résumés — labor secretary, treasury secretary and budget director for Nixon and secretary of state under Reagan as the Cold War waned.
In Lithuania, he was celebrated as a hero. But we can’t move on until we admit what he really did.
His movies included “Fail Safe,” “Paris Blues” and, perhaps most notably, “The Front,” based on his own experience of being blacklisted.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been threatened with fines and criminal charges for its journalists, forcing a tough decision on the Biden administration.
Imagery from the Cold War’s Corona satellites is helping scientists fill in how we have changed our planet in the past half century.
Linda Zall is disclosing how she toiled anonymously within the intelligence agency to help scientists intensify their studies of a changing planet.
He was caught spilling secrets to the Soviets in 1961 and imprisoned. Five years later, he escaped and fled to Moscow, where he was hailed a hero.
The great thriller writer was the best raconteur I have ever known.
The former Navy intelligence analyst served 30 years in prison for stealing American secrets during the Cold War. Some of them ultimately ended up with the Soviet government.
An exhibition looks back at a point in the 1970s when the philosopher and activist was a state-promoted hero behind the Iron Curtain.
Nine years late and $4 billion over budget, the airport is already outdated. Repeated blunders dented the image of German efficiency, but the “poor but sexy” capital has long been a bit different.
Even before the president was given mood-altering drugs, there was a movement to end the commander in chief’s sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.
Crossing the militarized border that split Germany into east and west once meant risking death. Now? It’s a literal walk in the park.
Ben Macintyre’s “Agent Sonya” recounts the story of a woman who passed along atomic secrets when she wasn’t raising her family in the Cotswolds.
Fredrik Logevall’s “JFK” brings the young Jack Kennedy to life with telling detail and knowing insights.
Recently declassified White House tapes reveal how President Nixon’s racism and misogyny led him to ignore the genocidal violence of the Pakistani military in what is today Bangladesh.
Scott Anderson’s “The Quiet Americans” describes how good intentions in foreign policy could lead to dire results.
“The Churchill Complex,” by Ian Buruma, examines the invented kinship of Anglo-American relations since World War II.
A Russian nuclear energy agency released formerly classified footage of the Soviet Union’s 1961 Tsar Bomba test.
He was a Marxist revolutionary and minister in Afghanistan’s short-lived communist government. But Sulaiman Layeq spent the last decades of his life writing an epic poem about an Islamist insurgent.
As national security adviser, he voiced strong opinions and acted on them, especially when it came to Beijing and Moscow.
It seems that the United States is plunging into a new arms race without learning the lessons of the last.
Defense Department officials say the redeployments will enhance American security and its ability to respond to threats. Allies and some in Congress see it as punishment to Germany.
Conservatism always contained the seeds of authoritarianism.
“Baseless,” the novelist’s new work of nonfiction, is the record of a frustrated investigation and an indictment of government secrecy.
High-level clearance is not required to see that the list of Russian aggressions in recent weeks rivals some of the worst days of the Cold War.
David Shimer’s “Rigged” provides the history and context behind Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election.
An exhibition at the palace that hosted the Potsdam Conference at the end of World War II examines the event’s far-reaching impact.
The Cold War is over and all presidents make mistakes. Yet they still have sole control over whether to start a nuclear war.
A reader criticizes the president’s rejection of calls to rename the bases. Also: Hillary Clinton and the pandemic; the Cold War, in context; candor about mental illness.
Sixty-three years ago, American troops were deployed to quell racial unrest. It made this country a better place.
As the United States reckons with its decline, it should understand where its power came from in the first place.
In “The Inevitability of Tragedy,” Barry Gewen traces the roots of political realism to the generation of Jewish intellectuals who fled Nazi Germany.
The simple cafes known as milk bars have regained popularity in recent years. Under lockdown, they’re providing affordable food and the comfort of nostalgia.