Allegations that Richard Nixon beat his wife, Pat Nixon, have circulated for decades without serious examination by the journalists who covered his presidency. It’s time to look more closely at what’s been hiding in plain view.
Happy Birthday to Gemini-in-Chief, Donald Trump
Trump joins a short list of mercurial Gemini presidents, including John F. Kennedy and George H.W. Bush.
What It Takes to Remove a President Who Can’t Do the Job
Is he confused, insane, or just paranoid? Evan Osnos traces the history of presidential incapacity for the New Yorker
Robert Caro on Understanding a President Through the Rooms He Occupied
There are facts in journalism, but there are other truths hidden in the room. In this 2016 Paris Review interview with James Santel, Robert Caro, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson, gives a masterclass on how to report on a subject’s behavior, his environment, his breath, and the cushiness […]
The Unlikely Union of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush
One year earlier, it had been inconceivable that Reagan’s and Bush’s destinies would seamlessly merge and propel them both to the White House. In the Pennsylvania GOP primary, Bush uttered three words that almost doomed his political rise. At Carnegie Mellon University, he dismissed Reagan’s plan to cut taxes, increase defense spending and balance the […]
How ‘George Washington Slept Here’ Became a Real Estate Cliché
There are no shortage of places where the nation’s first president “slept.” According to popular real estate site Zillow, of all the homes and real estate listings that boast celebrity provenance, Washington holds the record for most mentions. Flickr has an entire photo pool entitled “George Washington Slept Here,” devoted to pictures of properties and historic sites […]