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Leaving Others to Tell the Tale

The New York Times     |    July 17, 1988     |    BOOK REVIEW

History, it's said, is written by the winners; but perhaps it's truer to say it belongs to the least reticent. Dean Rusk, on becoming Secretary of State, vowed never to write his memoirs.
 
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Professing the Past, Debating the Present

The New York Times     |    October 25, 1987     |    BOOK REVIEW

Dreams On West Germany's ''Day of National Unity'' this summer, a dapper, white-haired, German-born American stood in the Bundestag, facing the President, Prime Minister and other high officials of the West German Government, and spoke about German history.
 
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Mass Culture, Elitist Art

The New York Times     |    July 19, 1987     |    BOOK REVIEW
 
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The Struggle For a Democratic Haiti

The New York Times Magazine     |    June 24, 1987     |    ESSAY

Three hours out of New York, I start awake to find myself floating over a grotesque landscape - the sickly, reddish-brown hills of Haiti, wave upon wave of blood-dark corrugations, thickly marbled with white sand.
 
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Novels Rented By Night

The New York Times     |    June 07, 1987     |    BOOK REVIEW

Moscow "I don't recognize myself as a satirist,'' said Vladimir Voinovich. ''No, I'm just trying to depict reality.''
 
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Original Version: The Struggle for a Democratic Haiti

The New York Times Magazine     |    June 1987     |    ESSAY

This is the first draft of Mark Danner's first feature article about Haiti, written in 1987 for The New York Times Magazine.
 
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A World Without Nuclear Weapons?

The New York Times     |    April 05, 1987     |    ESSAY

It is likely the question was first asked as soon as it could be - that the hope of abolition followed shortly after the task of creation.
 
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The Kremlin and the West: A Realistic Approach

The New York Times     |    January 25, 1987     |    BOOK REVIEW

Wolfgang Leonhard would seem well qualified to deliver what he promises here -- a ''new policy toward [the] USSR.''
 
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Though Duvalier Is Gone, Haiti Still Needs Help

The New York Times     |    May 09, 1986     |    OP-ED ESSAY

Duvalier In Haiti, as in many deeply troubled places, it was comforting to identify the national demons with one man, and to assume that his destruction would bring theirs.
 
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What Does Government Owe the Poor?

Harper's     |    April 1986     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1986-04-0016120_page_01 An American's distrust of welfare should come as no surprise. Public assistance threatens what is after all the central doctrine of capitalism: that the incentive to work is born of the burning desire to have, and then to have more.
 
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How Not To Fix The Schools

Harper's     |    February 1986     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Feb1986 The public schools of America long ago sank to a level of decrepitude guaranteeing them the sort of dogged scrutiny by blue ribbon commissions reserved for a "crisis" both intolerable and permanent.
 
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Gossiping About Gossip

Harper's     |    January 1986     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1986-01-0001 The immortal power of gossip was already well understood in ancient Greece - "lt too," said Hesiod, "is a kind of divinity" - but it required the particular talents of the present age to make money off it.
 
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In the Age of Cocaine: What Is Our Drug Problem?

Harper's     |    December 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Dec1985 Last year Americans spent $30 billion on illegal drugs, while their government spent $1.5 billion trying to shut down their sources of supply.
 
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AIDS: What Is To Be Done

Harper's     |    October 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-10-0001 When a mysterious contagion known as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome began to kill large numbers of people a few years ago, various moral authorities took solace in the observation that its victims, most of whom were homosexuals or drug addicts, seemed well chosen for divine retribution.
 
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Sports: How Dirty A Game

Harper's     |    September 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-09-0001 In an age when the peccadilloes of all the traditional idols, from presidents to Miss Americas, are gleefully exposed, athletes totter on their pedestals as the last American heroes.
 
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Will Books Survive?

Harper's     |    August 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-08-0001 The book, never a staple American product, seems destined to become a rare and precious object intended only for the cognoscenti who still know how to read.
 
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The Nuclear Dilemma (II): Is Arms Control Obsolete?

Harper's     |    July 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-07-0001 Almost since its beginning, the nuclear age has defined itself as a tug of war between technicians and diplomats, a match in which the diplomats seem forever doomed to finish in the mud.
 
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Is There A Way Out? Nuclear Strategy and the Plausibility of Hope

Harper's     |    June 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

Harpersmagazine-1985-06-0001 Eighty years ago this summer the birth of a new era was announced not by a star twinkling over Bethlehem but by a mushroom cloud rising over Alamogordo. By miraculous intellectual effort mankind had acquired the power to destroy the earth.
 
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Images of Fear: On the Perception and Reality of Crime

Harper's     |    May 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

May1985 Crime long ago emerged as one of those peculiar phenomena of modern life - the permanent crisis.
 
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What Are the Consequences of Vietnam?

Harper's     |    April 1985     |    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

April1985 In the ten years since the last Marine was plucked from the roof of the besieged U. S. Embassy in Saigon, "Vietnam" has come to stand for a good deal more than America's first military defeat.
 
Tags: Vietnam | Foreign Affairs | Harper's Forums
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