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Articles from Vol. 45, No. 8, December

1954
America looked good to a high school senior then, and that year looks wonderfully safe to us now, but it was a time of tumult for all that, and there were plenty of shadows along with the sunshine It was a very good year. Certainly it was if you...
Agents of Change
For want of nails, kingdoms are won and lost. We all know that. The shoe slips, the horse stumbles, the army dissolves in retreat. But who designed the nails? Who hammered the nails? Who invented the nail-making machinery? Who figured out how to market...
Big Changes
Twenty years ago, when I was a sophomore at Brown University, it seemed to me that not much had changed in the world during my lifetime. Yes, I watched the Watergate hearings on TV that summer in color, in contrast with the black-and-white ghosts that...
Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday made hundreds of memorable recordings before her death thirty-five years ago, but she never liked any of them much: ". . . it's always something that you should have done," she told an interviewer. "Or you should have waited here, or...
Clio and the Clintons
On a busy Wednesday morning last August, President and Mrs. Clinton found an hour to speak with me in the Oval Office of the White House. Defense Secretary William Perry and Attorney General Janet Reno were preparing for a live noontime conference...
Going Back
A stroller through the Nassau Inn down the block from Princeton University on a certain january day last winter would not have taken particular note of two people lunching in one of the Tap Room's booths. Possibly a senior professor by the look of...
He Was There
As the editors discovered right at the outset of planning this issue, it is all but impossible to think about the course of the past forty years without also thinking about Walter Cronkite. He helped invent broadcast journalism, brought it to a level...
History's Inconstant Muse
Happy Birthday, American Heritage! I say it with a certain avuncular pride, for though I am not among the magazine's first contributors, I come close. My earliest appearance in these pages was in the fifth number of the first hardcover volume, dated...
Present since the Creation
In August 1950 I began working with a group of business and professional executives to establish a nonprofit organization in New York that would place college women in jobs and steer them along their career paths. We called ourselves the Alumnae Advisory...
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