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  1. August 7, 2014

    How Richard Nixon helped me love America

    This week marks the 40th anniversary of the resignation of Richard Nixon as the president of the US, and I guess that’s as...

  2. August 5, 2014

    Forty years after Nixon and the talk of impeachment goes on

    Forty years ago this week Richard Nixon resigned as president of the US, an epochal event. He thereby staved off almost...

  1. August 4, 2014

    Nixon: the great orator who was still a crook

    “I am not a crook.” Richard Nixon resigned as president of the US 40 years ago this week, and of all the things he said in...

  2. August 1, 2014

    ‘The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan’, by Rick Perlstein

    The opening backdrop to Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge is 1974, when Americans reeled from humiliation in Vietnam,...

  3. July 31, 2014

    Republican foreign policy debate

    It used to be said that the only foreign policy an ambitious Republican needed was a noun, a verb and 9/11. Now, apparently,...

  4. July 13, 2014

    A farewell to trust: Obama’s Germany syndrome

    What did the president know, and when did he know it? Such was demanded of Richard Nixon, who resigned 40 years ago next...

  5. July 1, 2014

    Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain, GRAD Gallery, London – review

    Nikita Khrushchev, dressed in a light summer suit, waves his hand at US vice-president Richard Nixon. “As we pass you by we...

  6. The World

    May 20, 2014

    Russia makes its own pivot to Asia

    A visit by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to Beijing would be an important event, at any time. But, coming on the heels...

  7. March 23, 2014

    The strange revival of Republican America

    For years people have predicted the Republican party’s demise. The decline of whites as a share of the US population and the...

  8. March 14, 2014

    Publicity is cheap but comedy could cost Obama dear

    Barack Obama’s appearance with the dyspeptic humorist Zach Galifianakis on the internet comedy show Between Two Ferns has...

  9. FT Alphaville

    March 14, 2014

    Buffett gets the better of everyone, version 4,762

    We have always admired Warren Buffett’s ability to combine hard headed capitalism with incredible popularity. America’s...

  10. February 23, 2014

    RIP Obama’s stimulus: funeral for a policy success

    Five years after Barack Obama helped to prevent a Great Depression, his $830bn stimulus is unloved and misunderstood....

  11. February 11, 2014

    Obituary: Shirley Temple, actress and ambassador, 1928-2014

    Shirley Temple, 1928-2014 She was the greatest child star of her generation, perhaps of all generations. In the 1930s,...

  12. January 7, 2014

    Robert Gates hits out at Obama foreign policy

    Barack Obama’s White House controlled foreign and defence policy more tightly than any other president since Richard Nixon...

  13. The World

    December 11, 2013

    What's in a handshake?

    It is not often that a handshake has such power to titillate. But then it depends on who is doing the shaking. Barack Obama...

  14. November 14, 2013

    Review – The Butler

    The Butler is like some bonkers Advent calendar of American history. Every time a White House window opens, a film star’s...

  15. October 3, 2013

    Excess self-esteem and the Tea Party

    Call them the trophy kids. They grew up at a time when every young American was a winner and every Little League sports...

  16. September 13, 2013

    How we all went Dutch

    I’m not Dutch but, in 1976, my family moved to the Netherlands. Though my new classmates were only seven, most cycled to...

  17. The World

    September 3, 2013

    David Frost's ten commandments for journalists...

    By Gordon Cramb When a young David Frost came to prominence in Britain as front man of the BBC’s That Was The Week That Was,...

  18. September 1, 2013

    David Frost: Satirist and skilled inquisitor of the powerful

    At just 23, David Frost came to prominence as the presenter of a taboo-breaking satirical television show and, with the...

  19. August 11, 2013

    The US president is weaker than you think

    Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era, by Joseph Nye, Princeton RRP£19.95/RRP$27.95 Having failed to...

  20. July 19, 2013

    Jazz-loving lawyer trusted by Nixon

    All US presidents need people they can trust around them, but few more so than Richard Nixon, and for a variety of reasons....

  21. June 4, 2013

    The Perfect American, Coliseum, London – review

    Part of the problem is that English National Opera has spoiled us for Philip Glass operas. The company’s production of...

  22. March 25, 2013

    Fannie and Freddie no model for UK housing

    Much is often made of how shrewd the US has been in bringing its financial system through the crisis relatively smoothly,...

  23. The World

    March 20, 2013

    A short history of US presidential visits to Israel

    Barack Obama is only the fifth serving US president to visit Israel since the state was founded in 1948. As Marvin Kalb...

  24. March 6, 2013

    Washington through Woodward’s eyes

    Presidents and congressmen come and go; even Georgetown hostesses depart for the great dining table in the sky. But there is...

  25. February 28, 2013

    Journalist’s claim riles White House

    A spat between the White House and the ultimate Washington insider – the journalist Bob Woodward – has caught the Obama...

  26. February 27, 2013

    Sell currencies of serial QE offenders

    Big Macs are out, horsemeat is in not in burgers perhaps, but at least in the latest headlines. What is rather evident,...

  27. February 20, 2013

    Shale falls short for US energy security

    Every US president since Richard Nixon has trumpeted the benefits of energy independence and outlined strategies to end fuel...

  28. January 28, 2013

    Beijing still prefers diplomacy over force

    Should we connect the dots between China’s neighbours’ increasing assertiveness over claims to disputed islands in the South...

  29. January 28, 2013

    Rising populism is worthy of Nixonland

    In Westminster, a place ghettoised by partisan affiliations, a taste for political Americana is one of the few sensibilities...

  30. January 16, 2013

    Republicans urged to heed California threat

    A leading Republican strategist and pollster says the party is “dead” in California following its overwhelming defeat in...

  31. beyondbrics

    December 21, 2012

    Mexico: the 'unwinnable' war

    While foreign governments cheered loudly in favour of Felipe Calderón’s war against Mexico’s drug gangs, Jorge Castañeda...

  32. FT Long Short

    November 8, 2012

    Controlling inflation with gold vs economists

    Gold prices can be volatile The argument for a gold standard is simple: it stops the ravages of political interference with...

  33. October 30, 2012

    Frankenstorm generates ‘October surprise’

    “October surprises” – designed to influence elections – are usually the work of Man not God. But “Frankenstorm” threw a...

  34. October 21, 2012

    Obituary: George McGovern

    George McGovern’s place in history is assured by his suffering one of the worst landslide defeats of any US presidential...

  35. September 30, 2012

    US candidates’ futures up for debate

    Barack Obama is scheduled to spend Monday holed up in Nevada for intensive debate practice, sparring with John Kerry, the...

  36. September 28, 2012

    Imaginary foe in the presidential election

    “American politics,” the historian Richard Hofstader wrote, “has often been an arena for angry minds.” He was writing on the...

  37. September 10, 2012

    As goes Maine, so goes the nation

    Now that the party conventions are done and dusted, the real world beckons. A good place to start is the far north-eastern...

  38. August 30, 2012

    The gold standard is not coming back

    It worked for Ronald Reagan. The Republican party is hoping a promise to consider a gold standard for the dollar will help...

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