The True Flag

by Stephen Kinzer

How should the United States act in the world? Americans cannot decide. For more than a century we have debated with ourselves. We can’t even agree on the question.


My Life, My Love, My Legacy

by Coretta Scott King as told to the Reverend Dr. Barbara Reynolds

As a faithful teenager, it was hard for me to reconcile the lessons of Christian living I learned in church with the way whites who also called themselves Christians behaved toward us.


For the United States, trading with China not only saved but helped shape the new republic. America’s discovery of the China market was integral to the rise of the United States.


In 2011, Fartaag was quietly relieved of his duties. He left Somalia in a hurry and proceeded to publish, in forensic detail, allegations of grotesque corruption that he said he’d uncovered during the years he’d worked at the heart of government. He wasn’t just making vague allegations. In the tax year of 2009–10, he said that precisely $72,725,000 in foreign bilateral assistance had been “stolen.”


We had made history and run one of the most consequential campaigns in the modern history of the country—a campaign that would, in a very profound way, change America.


Thank You for Being Late

by Thomas L. Friedman

Everyone goes into journalism for different reasons—and they’re often idealistic ones. There are investigative journalists, beat reporters, breaking-news reporters, and explanatory journalists. I have always aspired to be the latter. I went into journalism because I love being a translator from English to English.


On a midwinter morning in 2013, the Russian city of Chelyabinsk was blinded by a white streak in the sky. It lit up the late dawn and arced across the horizon, leaving a trail of smoke. Students at Lyceum 31 pressed their noses to their classroom windows to see “the unreal light.” Minutes later, there was a huge blast.