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What happened on July 25, 2004

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  • An education and life in the ring Gordon Marino, Gordon Marino, a former boxer, is Boldt distinguished professor in the humanities and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at Minnesota's St. Olaf College.

  • A conservative look at neocons Jim Sleeper, Jim Sleeper, a lecturer in political science at Yale, is the author of "Liberal Racism" and "The Closest of Strangers: Liberalism and the Politics of Race in New York."

  • A poke in the eye for Faulkner David Sheffield, David Sheffield is a screenwriter of such films as "The Nutty Professor," "Boomerang" and "Coming to America." He is completing a screenplay for DreamWorks with writing partner Barry Blaustein described as an update of "Romeo and Juliet," starring Eddie Murphy in a dual role as the fathers of two lovers.

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  • Bestsellers Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

  • Dead-on Hollywood Tom Nolan, Tom Nolan is the author of "Ross Macdonald: A Biography" and the editor of "Strangers in Town: Three Newly Discovered Mysteries by Ross Macdonald."

  • First Husband Laura Kasischke

  • Soft words or the big stick? Andrew J. Bacevich, Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor of international relations at Boston University, is the author of "American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy" and the forthcoming book "The New American Militarism."

  • Ties that shape a coming of age Neil Gordon, Neil Gordon is literary editor of the Boston Review, chair of the writing program at Eugene Lang College of the New School and author of the novel "The Company You Keep."

  • Wicked humor Scott M. Morris, Scott M. Morris is the author of the novels "The Total View of Taftly" and "Waiting for April."

  • First Fiction Mark Rozzo

  • Aging spies go back out into the cold Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.

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