What happened on November 16, 2003
Left-leaving, left-leaning Christopher Hitchens, Christopher Hitchens is a columnist for Vanity Fair, visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York and the author of numerous books, including "Why Orwell Matters."
Dance's leap of faith Terry Teachout, Terry Teachout is the author of "The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken" and a forthcoming book on George Balanchine. He is a drama critic for the Wall Street Journal and music critic for Commentary. He also writes about the arts at www.terryteachout.com.
The right men, but not the real story Joseph J. Ellis, Joseph J. Ellis is the author of many books, including "American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson" and "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation," which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in History.
Faith and the struggle for social justice Jim Sleeper, Jim Sleeper, a lecturer in political science at Yale, is the author of "Liberal Racism" and "The Closest of Strangers."
Guts and glory on the high seas Paul Kennedy, Paul Kennedy is the Dilworth professor of history and director of international security studies at Yale University. He is the author-editor of numerous books, including "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers," and is preparing a new edition of his 1976 book, "The Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery."
A professor faces culture clash in Israel Melvin Jules Bukiet, Melvin Jules Bukiet, a professor at Sarah Lawrence College, is the author of numerous books, including "A Faker's Dozen," a story collection.
A daughter of the revolution Michael Kazin, Michael Kazin is the co-author of "America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s." He teaches history at Georgetown University.
When Indians dare not rise Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of the forthcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
As the vampires turn Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
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Turn World of Hurt Into a World of Good Karl Fleming, Karl Fleming, a former Newsweek magazine and CBS journalist, regularly attends 12-step meetings in Los Angeles.
A Foul Political Wind Blowing In From Washington Marc B. Haefele, Marc B. Haefele, news editor of the Los Angeles Alternative Press, is heard on KPCC (89.3 FM) on Fridays.
Fuse It -- or Lose It Kevin Starr, Kevin Starr is University Professor at USC and state librarian of California. His "Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003" is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf.
We Don't Know How to Build Democracy Stephen D. Krasner, Stephen D. Krasner is a professor of political science and director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at the Stanford Institute for International Studies.
Iraq's Dangerous Identity Crisis Sandra Mackey, Sandra Mackey is the author of "The Reckoning: Iraq and the Legacy of Saddam Hussein."