What happened on August 29, 2004
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.
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."
Among vultures Carmela Ciuraru, Carmela Ciuraru is the editor of "Poems for America" and "Beat Poets."
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."
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A New Money Machine for the U.S. Bruce Bartlett, Bruce Bartlett is a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.
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?"
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.
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."
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.
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.
The Rights to Reagan Jacob Heilbrunn, Jacob Heilbrunn is a Los Angeles Times editorial writer.