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Learning the Great River
Mark Twain recalls his adventures—and misadventures—in learning to be a pilot on the Mississippi.
Putting America on Wheels
Reflecting on his success, the hero of mass production talks about his refusal to conduct business ...
Ashes of Soldiers
Walt Whitman’s record of ministering to young wounded soldiers offers one of the tenderest accounts of ...
The Solitude of Self
A champion of women's rights and the intellectual powerhouse of the woman's movement distills her most ...
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 ...
Portrait of the Monster as a Young Man
Hitler’s formative years, 1889 to 1918, which reveal the sources ...
The Head in Football
The History of Concussions and the Future of the Sport
Concern over head injuries in football is now a national discussion that threatens the future and character of the game at all levels, but especially in the professional arena. The National Football League, after years of ignoring or denying the problem, is trying hard to catch up to the public mood and preserve a $9 billion business. Parents and schools are fearful. How we came to this point in the development of football is the subject of Michael Oriard’s penetrating investigation of the physical and cultural aspects of the sport as they affect the role of the head. Mr. Oriard, who has played football at all levels—high school, college, and professional—brings a unique perspective to an urgent subject.
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