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The Color Line
Four essays, provocative and often poetic, about the black experience in America and the quest for ...
How the 1956 Hungarian Revolution offers a textbook portrait of an uprising against autocratic power.
The Federalist papers, first published in 1787–88, remain a brilliant analysis of the fundamental principles of ...
The Granddaddy of All Bubbles
The story of the first great financial hysteria, London’s 1720 South Sea Bubble, whose characteristics appear ...
The Head in Football
The former player Michael Oriard brings a unique perspective to this informed discussion of the history ...
The Cause and Cure of Hysteria
Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist crusade prompts Harry Truman to reflect on the nature of demagoguery.
The Capture of Adolf Eichmann
The behind-the-scenes story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann by the Israeli Secret Service.
Firing the General
When Gen. MacArthur went public with his urgings for an ...
Mostly He Won
Kubrick, Bobby Fischer and the Attraction of Chess
The 1972 world championship chess match between Bobby Fischer of the United States and Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union was an event of international importance—and a media bonanza. Fischer himself was a singular character study, and the circumstances of the match in Iceland led to bizarre complications. The New Yorker writer Jeremy Bernstein came to Reykjavik to report on these affairs—but via a circuitous route that featured William Shawn, the New Yorker’s editor; Arthur C. Clarke, the renowned writer of science fiction; Stanley Kubrick, the famed filmmaker; and Playboy magazine. Out of this heady mix, Bernstein fashions a tale of large personalities involved in an intense, brainy competition.
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