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Former Presidents have a difficult, even awkward, role. They cope in different ways, but if the past half-century is any guide, we can be certain of one thing: They write their memoirs.

George McGovern carried the day, but the passion was provided by Ted Kennedy.

In a cluster of beach bungalows in Ghana in December 2000, my wife and I encountered the Peace Corps dream.

The Fourth of July is traditionally a time for reading the Declaration of Independence and listening to patriotic speeches.

It's the first three chapters of Yuri Olesha's Envy that really bite, that really get across the impotent sting of the emotion.

Christianity in this country has become almost synonymous with right-wing fanaticism, conservative politics and--courtesy of Mel Gibson--a brutally sadistic version of religious experience.

In 1965, nearly forty years before the publication of Where I Was From, her most recent and most sustained meditation on her native state of California, the novelist and essayist Joan Didi

Jim Weinstein has spent most of his adult life writing about the failures and possibilities of the American left.

Foreign policy is that rare field in which essay-writing matters.

In June 1965 James Farmer, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and longtime champion of Gandhian nonviolence, arrived in Bogalusa, Louisiana, to support a desegregation struggle in t

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