What happened on December 26, 2004
Surprise! The Soviets Nearly Won Afghan War Mark Kramer, Mark Kramer is director of the Harvard Cold War studies program and a senior fellow at the university's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian studies.
The General Who Got It Right on Iraq Frank Gibney, Frank Gibney, president of the Pacific Basin Institute, is a professor of politics at Pomona College and author of "The Pacific Century" and other books on Asia and foreign policy.
Drawn to Celebrity Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
Day of Discontent Charlotte Allen, Charlotte Allen, author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus," co-edits the inkWell blog for the Independent Women's Forum.
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Native Americans through 19th century eyes Joy S. Kasson, Joy S. Kasson is Bowman and Gordon Gray professor of American studies and English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of "Buffalo Bill's Wild West: Celebrity, Memory, and Popular History."
A suicide? Not likely Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Through the page's prism Patrick Giles, Patrick Giles writes about books, politics and the arts for The Times, the Village Voice, Salon.com and Interview.
His 'nothing' life was quite something Karl Miller, Karl Miller is the founding editor of the London Review of Books and former Lord Northcliffe professor of modern English literature at University College London.
Appeasement's naive advocate Edmund Fawcett, Edmund Fawcett is the former chief correspondent for the Economist in Washington, D.C., Paris and Berlin. He is also its former literary editor and is a contributor to several publications, including the (London) Times Literary Supplement.
A sentimental journey and beyond Anthony Heilbut, Anthony Heilbut is the author of several books, including "Exiled in Paradise" and "The Gospel Sound."
Murder in the O.C. Dick Lochte, Dick Lochte is a critic of crime fiction and the coauthor, with Christopher Darden, of the legal thriller "Lawless."