John R. MacArthur

John R. MacArthur’s New York Notebook: the big Trump and Clinton show

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The first presidential debate was a disappointment. Half an hour into the big Trump-Clinton show on Long Island, many among…

The sad, paranoid world of America’s rich right

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Talk about plutocracy and oligarchy has become commonplace in America, as the billionaire class grows ever richer and seemingly more…

Yes, Donald Trump is grotesque. But I will never vote for Hillary Clinton

26 March 2016 9:00 am

And that’s why I’ll never vote for Hillary

Alger Hiss attends his trial (Photo: Getty)

Alger Hiss: Tricky Dick’s scapegoat

26 September 2015 8:00 am

In the more than 40 years since Richard Nixon resigned as president — disgraced as much by his inveterate lying…

Robert Moses in 1952

The sadist who wrecked New York, and the last of the great biographers

4 July 2015 9:00 am

John R. MacArthur on the bureaucratic titan who gratuitously bulldozed a great city and displaced and demoralised half a million of its inhabitants

The dark comedy of the Senate torture report

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Like many journalists, I’m a bit of a know-it-all — when information is touted as ‘new’, especially in government reports,…

Clinton vs Bush — again

26 April 2014 9:00 am

American politics looks increasingly like an oligarchy

Why is Doris Kearns Goodwin raking up old muck?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Era are well-worn subjects for both professional and amateur historians, so it’s pertinent to ask…

Don’t believe the hype: the French still live better than Americans

4 May 2013 9:00 am

In recent months I’ve read at least ten articles about French malaise — all of it apparently due to some…

The friends Rushdie forgot

29 September 2012 9:00 am

Thousands of us stood up for him in New York after the fatwa. Why doesn’t he remember how it happened?

His finest years

16 June 2012 6:00 am

John R. MacArthur traces Lyndon Johnson’s progress from bullying liar to world statesman

Groupthink and doubletalk

23 October 2010 12:00 am

Soon after his historic victory over John McCain, Barack Obama was ushered into a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) located deep inside the Federal building in Chicago to receive his first top-secret intelligence briefing as President-elect.

King and his killer

7 July 2010 12:00 am

In the late days of the Bush administration, it was fashionable among liberals to call George W. Bush the ‘worst’ president since the founding of the republic and to suggest that under his leadership America experienced its own version of the Dark Ages.

Under false colours

5 May 2010 12:00 am

‘With time,’ writes David Remnick, ‘political campaigns tend to be viewed through the triumphalist prism of the winner.’ Never more so, perhaps, than in Remnick’s idolatrous new biography of Barack Obama, which presents the First Black President’s ascension to the White House as nothing less than a glorious saga.