Peter Schrag, who has written for The Nation for nearly a half century, is a former editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee and a visiting scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. His book, Paradise Lost: California’s Experience, America’s Future was a New York Times notable book in 1998. His most recent book, When Europe Was a Prison Camp: Father and Son Memoirs, 1940-41, was published last year by Indiana University Press.
Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom have long been pillars of highbrow conservatism in America.
A few months ago, novelist Alan Furst, in one of those New York Times “Writers on Writing” pieces, told how, on a magazine assignment to the Soviet Union back in 1983, he suddenly discov
Peter Schrag reviews Robert J. MacCoun and Peter Reuter's Drug War Heresies.
By now most of us accept as almost inevitable the idea that education, meaning school reform and access to college, is at or near the top of the political agenda, both in the states and in the na