What happened on May 26, 2002
A Stoic of the Underground DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, Douglas Brinkley is professor of history and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans.
The Postwar Fate of American Fiction LEE SIEGEL, Lee Siegel is a contributing writer to Book Review and the recipient of the 2002 National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism.
Burning Obsession MICHAEL HARRIS, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
King Con JANICE P. NIMURA, Janice P. Nimura is a freelance writer and reviewer.
History 101 Lite WILLIAM H. McNEILL, William H. McNeill is the author of several books, including "Plagues and Peoples" and "A History of the Human Community: 1500 to the Present."
Free Bird RICHARD ELLIS, Richard Ellis is the author, most recently, of "Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea."
Starting Gate JANE SMILEY, Jane Smiley is the author of, most recently, "Charles Dickens" and the novel "Horse Heaven."
The Agony and the Ecstasy DONALD FANGER, Donald Fanger is the author of "The Creation of Nikolai Gogol" and "Dostoevsky and Romantic Realism" and is at work on a book about Maxim Gorky and on a novel. He is Harry Levin Research Professor of Literature at Harvard University.
Night and Fog THOMAS CURWEN, Thomas Curwen is deputy editor of Book Review.
Why Reading Matters SVEN BIRKERTS, Sven Birkerts is the author of five books of essays, including "Readings," and the forthcoming memoir, "My Sky Blue Trades."
A Master of the Quill VICTOR BROMBERT, Victor Brombert has written extensively on 19th and 20th century European literature. His memoir "Trains of Thought: Memories of a Stateless Youth" will be published in June.
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Muslims Due Place at Table SHABBIR MANSURI, Shabbir Mansuri is founding director of the Fountain Valley-based Council on Islamic Education.
The Center Falls Out of Kashmir PAULA R. NEWBERG, Paula R. Newberg is the author of "Double Betrayal: Human Rights and Insurgency in Kashmir."
Public, Leaders a Poll Apart STEVEN KULL and SHIBLEY TELHAMI, Steven Kull is director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland. Shibley Telhami is Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the university and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Perhaps They Don't Hate Our Values MITCHELL KOSS, Mitchell Koss is a producer for Channel One News. His work has appeared on public television's "Nova" and "The News--Hour with Jim Lehrer" and on ABC and MTV.
A Policy In From the Cold WILLIAM M. ARKIN, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion.
Sack the Stadium WILLIAM FULTON, William Fulton, president of Solimar Research Group and publisher of California Planning & Development Report, is the author of "The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles."
Yakety-Yak: Assessing the Threat DAVID WISE, David Wise is the author of the forthcoming book "Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America," to be published by Random House.
Marriage Brings Advantages to Clergy DAVE BECKWITH, Dave Beckwith is senior pastor of Woodbridge Community Church in Irvine.
Our Bookshelves, Our Selves SUSAN GIESBERG, Susan Giesberg works in consumer protection for the state of California.