US president Donald Trump speaks during the “Salute to America” Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump boasted that the US is “stronger today than it ever was before” as he delivered a long Independence Day speech that praised (...)

‘Donald Trump has followed the roar of the crowd to dark, violent places, becoming ever more crazed and isolated and self-destructive.’ Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

One lazy, sultry afternoon in 1947, two years after the United States helped trounce the Nazis, my father arrived at our family’s modest summer house (...)