What happened on April 25, 2004
How a royal changed the game Jennifer Shahade, Jennifer Shahade, a chess master and 2002 U.S. Women's champion, is the author of a forthcoming book on women in the male-dominated world of chess.
Genius still undocumented Richard Schickel, Richard Schickel is a contributing writer to Book Review and the author of many books. He is making a film about Martin Scorsese and supervising the reconstruction of Samuel Fuller's "The Big Red One," which will premiere at Cannes next month.
Imagination goes beyond 'The Code' Nicholas A. Basbanes, Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of several books about books, including "Patience & Fortitude: A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places, and Book Culture" and "A Splendor of Letters: The Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World."
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Hiding in plain sight Anthony Lewis, Anthony Lewis is a former New York Times columnist and author of "Gideon's Trumpet" and "Make No Law."
Without a doubt Robert Scheer, Robert Scheer writes a weekly column for The Times and is coauthor of "The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq."
Bars are gone, not the prison Francie Lin, Francie Lin is a contributing editor at the Threepenny Review.
Music in the marrow of life Tom Nolan, Tom Nolan is the author of "Ross Macdonald: A Biography" and has written on popular music for several publications, including Rolling Stone.
Charging into Afghanistan Karl E. Meyer, Karl E. Meyer is the author of "The Dust of Empire" and coauthor, with Shareen Blair Brysac, of "Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia."
Death in the air Frank Clifford, Frank Clifford edits environmental news for The Times and is the author of "The Backbone of the World: A Portrait of the Vanishing West Along the Continental Divide."
Hitler, close up John Lukacs, John Lukacs is a historian and the author of many books, including "The Hitler of History."
A poetic dialogue Adrienne Rich, Adrienne Rich is the author of more than 16 volumes of poetry and four nonfiction prose books. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the 1999 Lannan Foundation lifetime achievement award and the 2003 Bollingen Prize. She is the editor, most recently, of a volume of Muriel Rukeyser's poetry for the Library of America. "The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004" will be published in September.
A statesman for all seasons Richard Brookhiser, Richard Brookhiser is the author of several books, including "Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington" and "Alexander Hamilton, American."
A Good Man Gone Candice Reed, Candice Reed is a freelance writer based in Vista, Calif.
Fred Boyce Finds a Home Michael D'Antonio, Michael D'Antonio last wrote for the magazine about the declining reputation of journalists. His book "The State Boys Rebellion," about unwanted children warehoused at Massachusetts' Fernald State School for the retarded, will be published in May by Simon & Schuster.
Clean Cuisine CHRIS RUBIN, Chris Rubin last wrote for the magazine about Grand Marnier.
Writing for Godot Nancy Shepherdson, Nancy Shepherdson is a freelance writer in Barrington, Ill.
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Outsourcing Common Sense Stephen A. Marglin, Stephen A. Marglin is Walter S. Barker professor of economics at Harvard University.
We Can Beat Terror at Its Own Game Anne-Marie Slaughter, Anne-Marie Slaughter is dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton and author of "A New World Order."
Algeria Unbound Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead, contributing editor to Opinion, is the Kissinger senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the forthcoming book "Power, Terror, Peace and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk."
Swinging Toward a Landslide? Tony Quinn, Tony Quinn is co-editor of the California Target Book, a nonpartisan analysis of legislative and congressional elections.
As South Koreans Look Ahead, U.S. Policy Is Stuck in the Past Frank Gibney, Frank Gibney, president of the Pacific Basin Institute, is professor of politics at Pomona College and the author of "The Pacific Century" and other books on Asia and foreign policy.
Sell It Softly Joseph S. Nye Jr., Joseph S. Nye Jr. is dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and author of "Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics."
You're Gay, You Pay Drew Limsky, Drew Limsky is a New York City journalist who teaches English at Hunter College and Pace University.