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Articles from Vol. 46, No. 8, December

America's African Colony
The saga of Liberia's beginnings reflects both America's humanitarian generosity and its racism I have a confession. Last year, when Americans were asked to help feed the survivors of civil war in Rwanda, I had to go to the atlas to find out where Rwanda...
Covarrubias
He may have been the greatest caricaturist of all time - he has imitators to this day? - but his true passion was for a very different discipline The trouble was, he couldn't say no to anyone. Badgered by magazine editors, book publishers, theater producers,...
From World War to Cold War
In an exchange of letters, a man who had an immeasurable impact on how the great struggle of our times was waged looks back on how it began Half a century ago next February, George F. Kennan sent a telegram whose consequences have vibrated through our...
Head Man
It was a roller-coaster war: North Korea invaded South Korea in June of 1950, pouring across the 38th Parallel, smashing the unprepared South Korean forces, and within days occupying all of South Korea except for a small ring around the port of Pusan....
My Day with Hemingway
In early 1955 I was a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force stationed at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. Our base's basketball team had been invited to Havana to help the Cuban national team prepare for the Olympics. Having no qualifications...
Small-Screen Lives
Three movies newly available on video cast a cold - and occasionally even scornful - eye on their subjects When Sunrise at Campobello, Dore Schary's play about the crippling of Franklin D. Roosevelt, opened on Broadway, Eleanor Roosevelt and two close...
The Little Diplomat
As a ten-year-old boy, the author had a role to play in bringing Douglas MacArthur's vision of democracy to a shattered Japan On August 30, 1945, just days after Japan capitulated, ending World War II, Douglas MacArthur first set foot on the island...
The Man Who Can Scare Stephen King
The American Master of horror fiction was as peculiar in his life as he was in his writing Among the presents that came Howard Phillips Lovecraft's way during the Christmas season of 1936 was a skull from an Indian burial ground. The gift was appropriate...
The Old Neighborhood
Every December, a 350-year-old New Hampshire port re-creates centuries of changing holiday traditions The days leading up to Christmas in the old New Hampshire coastal town of Portsmouth have a refreshing quality, even an astringent one at times. And...
The Robber Baronesses
How two bold sisters set up a business in the very citadel of masculine prerogative: 1870s Wall Street Today there are few areas of human activity where women are still absent. The nation's most populous state has sent two to the United States Senate,...
Unsordid
The war's-end anniversaries are over now. In a sense they were over on June 6, 1994, with the commemorative ceremonies that drew the nation's gaze back half a century to the Normandy landings. Last May the fiftieth anniversary of Germany's surrender...
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