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A Streetcar Named Pleiku
The 1965 attack on the U.S. base at Pleiku in South Vietnam was a turning point: ...
Trauma for Everyone
How PTSD became a popular psychological disorder--a story of a questionable diagnosis and of medicine gone ...
Dress British, Think Yiddish
How the Ivy League style at Yale—purveyed by Jewish clothiers—faded while the university changed its ideas ...
And We Shall Overcome
The important background and text of President Lyndon Johnson's 1965 Voting Rights speech to Congress.
Selections From: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
This story of a slave and his yearning to be free is one of the great ...
Race Goes To War
How questions of race followed black troops to the battlefields of World War II, and how ...
The Rise of the Standard Oil Company
With a singular vision, drive, and ruthlessness, John D. Rockefeller builds the Standard Oil Company into ...
Is a College Education Still Worth the Price?
A former dean looks at American higher education and finds ...
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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