What happened on July 27, 2003
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History robed in reckless rhetoric David A. Bell, David A. Bell is the author of "The Cult of the Nation in France."
The smell of ink, the thrill of testosterone Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana is the author of several novels, including "Do Everything in the Dark."
Surviving O'Toole: A stage star is reborn Elaine Dundy, Elaine Dundy is the author of "The Dud Avocado," "Elvis and Gladys" and her autobiography, "Life Itself!"
When Curzon ruled the Raj William Dalrymple, William Dalrymple is the author of "White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India."
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An Africa of heat but little light Bill Berkeley, Bill Berkeley is the author of "The Graves Are Not Yet Full: Race, Tribe, and Power in the Heart of Africa."
Not the Francophile's France Joan Juliet Buck, Joan Juliet Buck is former editor in chief of Paris Vogue.
A woman steps out of the stillness Laurie Stone, Laurie Stone is the author of "Laughing in the Dark" and "Close to the Bone."
De-mystique-ing feminism Linda Gordon, Linda Gordon is a professor of history at New York University and the author of "Dear Sisters: Dispatches From the Women's Liberation Movement."
A loving father's fleeting joy Brenda Wineapple, Brenda Wineapple is the author of a forthcoming biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Scramble of the underlings David Freeman, David Freeman is a screenwriter and author of "A Hollywood Education," "One of Us" and "It's All True," which will be published in March.
Beneath the Surface Lisa Palac, Lisa Palac last wrote for the magazine about maternity fashion in Los Angeles.
The Price of Healing WILLIAM LOBDELL, William Lobdell covers religion for The Times.
To Kill and Be Killed Jim Robbins, Jim Robbins is a Montana-based freelance writer. His last story for the magazine was about coal-bed methane drilling in Wyoming.
Articulating a Life Joel Deutsch, Joel Deutsch, a freelance writer living in Los Angeles, last wrote for the magazine about blind dating.
A New Basis for an Old Friendship Henri J. Barkey, Henri J. Barkey, chairman of the international relations department at Lehigh University, served on the State Department's Policy Planning Staff from 1998 to 2000.
Loyalty Test Susan F. Rasky, Susan F. Rasky is a senior lecturer in the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.
When Sam Meets Barbara Carol Mithers, Carol Mithers is a Los Angeles writer.
The Inner City's Catch-22 Jennifer Wolch, Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Juliet Musso, Jennifer Wolch is a USC professor of geography and director of the Center for Sustainable Cities. Pascale Joassart-Marcelli is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and Juliet Musso is USC associate professor of policy, planning and development.
A Thin Basis for War William M. Arkin, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: warkin@ igc.org.
March of the Single Mothers Jo-Ann Mort, Jo-Ann Mort is the co-author of "Our Hearts Invented a Place: Can Kibbutzim Survive in Today's Israel?" She is also the national secretary of Americans for Peace Now.
Modern War's Hidden Face Rajan Menon, Rajan Menon is Monroe J. Rathbone Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University.