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November 7, 2004 | Nicholas Meyer, Nicholas Meyer is a writer-director whose movie credits include "The Seven-Percent Solution." He most recently wrote the screenplay for "The Human Stain."
As the United States of America -- like the Roman republic before it -- makes the slippery transition to Empire, it is understandable that its citizens have lost their identity. Those old enough to remember the republic are old enough to care; the younger, ignorant of our origins, blandly trade in their citizenship for attention-challenged consumerism or religion.
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August 22, 2004 | Michael Scammell, Michael Scammell is the author of "Solzhenitsyn: A Biography." His authorized biography, "Cosmic Reporter: The Life and Times of Arthur Koestler," is set to be published next year.
No feature of modern times has attracted more attention from historians and political analysts than the Cold War.
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July 25, 2004 | 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.
I attended a local amateur boxing card not long ago. In one bout, two 14-year-old welterweights closed their three-round struggle with a furious fusillade of punches. At the bell, the crowd erupted with applause. The combatants, who had just finished trying to decapitate one another, embraced as though they were long-lost brothers. After the score cards were tallied and the referee raised the victor's hand, they hugged again and then went through the ropes and out of the ring.
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May 16, 2004 | Edward Lazarus, Edward Lazarus, a lawyer in private practice, is the author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court."
America changed on May 17, 1954. On that day, 50 years ago, Chief Justice Earl Warren announced the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. As a legal matter, the decision declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional and disavowed the doctrine permitting "separate but equal" treatment of blacks and whites.
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February 29, 2004 | Fred Anderson, Fred Anderson teaches American history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His most recent book, "Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766," won the Francis Parkman Prize.
The image remains familiar, if only because it has been so often parodied: George Washington stands erect in an overcrowded boat, gazing steadfastly ahead. At his feet, soldiers pull at the oars and thrust aside jagged ice floes; behind him men support the American flag against a strong wind. Emanuel Leutze painted this scene in 1851 and called it "George Washington Crossing the Delaware."
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February 25, 2004 | Jamie Court, Special to The Times
Too many patients today feel like mice in a maze. In his new book, "Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America's Health Care System," healthcare economist and Harvard professor David M. Cutler fills us in on the mind-set of the maze designers. The problem is that Cutler wrote the book for the system's engineers, not for its travelers.
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February 1, 2004 | Peter G. Gosselin, Peter G. Gosselin is a Times national economics correspondent based in Washington, D.C.
At any given time, there is a dominant line of argument about the great issues that face America. When it comes to the economy, that line is most often delivered by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
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January 14, 2004 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Jacob and David Chacko grew up on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in a Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhood where the streets are named after upscale beach towns and some of their schoolmates got the keys to a new Mercedes on their 16th birthday. In such a picturesque and posh environment, they might well have decided life should be taken easily. But the brothers shared a drive that propelled Jacob, 25, to a series of honors, duplicated by his 21-year-old brother, David.
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December 14, 2003 | Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is research director of the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank, and the author of "Empire and the Sun: Victorian Solar Eclipse Expeditions."
For over a decade, computer scientists have been talking about the coming age of "ubiquitous computing," a world in which computers are embedded in virtually every manufactured object. We carry them with us everywhere and they communicate constantly with us and with one another. The big question is not whether the vision of a computer-saturated world could become reality. It's already happening.
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