What happened on August 29, 2004
Among vultures Carmela Ciuraru, Carmela Ciuraru is the editor of "Poems for America" and "Beat Poets."
Spies, trust -- and irony Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
A troubadour for turbulent times Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Stubborn as a mule, or a weed Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
Heroes, fools and the mirth of a nation Todd Gitlin, Todd Gitlin is a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University and the author of "Letters to a Young Activist" and the forthcoming "The Intellectuals and the Flag."
The coolest quarterback Allen Barra, Allen Barra is a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal and the author of several books, including "Brushbacks and Knockdowns: The Greatest Baseball Debates of Two Centuries."
Listening in on LBJ's Oval Office Gerald Posner, Gerald Posner is the author of numerous books, including "Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK" and, most recently, "Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11."
The innocent abroad, in all his folly Robert Stone, Robert Stone is the author of many books, including the novels "Damascus Gate" and "Bay of Souls." A longer version of this essay will appear as the introduction to a new edition of "The Quiet American," to be published by Penguin Classics in September.
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Liberty's Language Ariel Dorfman, Ariel Dorfman's latest book is "Other Septembers, Many Americas: Selected Provocations, 1980-2004." His website is www.adorfman.duke.edu.
An Urgent, Misguided Call to Come 'Home' Jo-Ann Mort, Jo-Ann Mort is co-author of "Our Hearts Invented a Place: Can Kibbutzim Survive in Today's Israel?"
History Haunts Bush and Kerry Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips is the author, most recently, of "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush."
The Rights to Reagan Jacob Heilbrunn, Jacob Heilbrunn is a Los Angeles Times editorial writer.
Drawing Friendly Fire Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
A New Money Machine for the U.S. Bruce Bartlett, Bruce Bartlett is a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.
Even if It's Not Perfect, a Ballot Beats a Bullet Paula Newberg, Paula Newberg, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, recently visited Afghanistan on behalf of the National Democratic Institute.