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  • November 25, 1999

    Exploiting a Tragedy, or Le Rouge en Noir

    The author of this review is the son of a zek: My father barely survived his deportation to a Siberian camp in Vorkuta.

    Daniel Singer

  • November 18, 1999

    1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

    The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of $10,000, awarded annually for the most outstanding book of poems published in the United States by an American, is administered mutually by the A

    Marilyn Hacker

  • November 4, 1999

    A Dialectical Humanism

    To my distress and perhaps to my delight, I order things in accordance with my passions.... I put in my pictures everything I like.

    Andy Merrifield

  • November 4, 1999

    The ‘Right’ Books and Big Ideas

    Abigail Thernstrom, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and her husband, Harvard professor Stephan Thernstrom, would like to thank the John M.

    Eric Alterman

  • November 4, 1999

    A Son’s Own Story

    If you are looking for a piece of new evidence that will finally vindicate or convict Alger Hiss with certainty, you won't find it in Tony Hiss's poignant father-son memoir, A View From Alger'

    Jack Gelber

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  • October 28, 1999

    Mr. Debs, My Darling

    In offhand, birdsong passing, Marguerite Young observes: "As for the nineteenth century, it may be said that it was probably the leakiest century there ever was and so would remain." By leaky per

    John Leonard

  • October 28, 1999

    Slouching to the Ouija Board

    "Does the imagination dwell the most/Upon a woman won or woman lost?" Yeats asked. For most of his readers and biographers, the answer has been clear: a woman lost.

    Benjamin Kunkel

  • October 21, 1999

    Our Monumental Mistakes

    To the surprise of historians themselves, history--or at least its public presentation--has become big business.

    Eric Foner

  • October 14, 1999

    More Nixon Tapes Released

    Among his more peculiar views,
    He thought all Communists were Jews.
    Historians must ponder how
    He managed to account for Mao.

    Calvin Trillin

  • October 14, 1999

    How We Ended the Cold War

    It is now ten years since the Berlin wall crumbled, but the question of how and why the cold war was concluded still lingers.

    John Tirman