Detours on the road to paradise Haim Watzman, Haim Watzman is the author of "Company C: An American's Life as a Citizen-Soldier in Israel" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005). He is writing a book about the Dead Sea rift valley.
A faith vacuum haunts Europe NIALL FERGUSON, Niall Ferguson is a professor of history at Harvard University. He is the author of "Empire" (Basic Books, 2003) and "Colossus" (Penguin, 2004). He will be writing a weekly column for The Times.