March 23, 2012 |
"Does she or doesn't she?" - the innuendo-filled catchphrase for Clairol from 1956 easily could have been conceived by "Mad Men's" Don Draper. It was not, of course, but rather was penned by one of the few female copywriters of her day. Jane Maas, also a pioneer in the nearly all-male world of advertising decades ago, pays homage to the hair color campaign by Shirley Polykoff in her new book, "Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond. " A witty, personal account of the "real life Peggy Olson," Maas details her climb from copywriter to creative director at Ogilvy & Mather to "Advertising Woman of the Year" for her work on the famous "I Love New York" campaign.
March 6, 2012 |
Last week, the nation lost an elegant inquisitor and a nasty pugilist. Both were conservatives and natives of Southern California, and they agreed about many matters of policy. But James Q. Wilson delved deeply on matters of significance and left a vast and consequential legacy. Andrew Breitbart raked for muck and accelerated the nation's unhappy race to replace civility with furor. They represented two distinct veins of our national discourse, and of the tensions within modern conservatism.
October 23, 2009 |
No Washington analyst predicted that Honduras would pose a defining challenge to President Obama's Latin America policy, but perhaps that it has is not so surprising. After all, something similar happened in 1963, when the administration of John F. Kennedy abandoned its announced policy of withholding diplomatic recognition from regimes that took power by force, convinced by the military coup in Honduras that the United States could not effectively require electoral democracy. In the 1980s too, Honduras became the principal base for efforts funded and directed by the U.S. to overthrow the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and to thwart the guerrilla insurgency in El Salvador.
October 5, 2007 |
Here they were, hardened combat soldiers, grounded on a military base far from the palm groves, canals and marshes where they once prowled. But at least for a moment this week, they were still the Painted Demons, the elite sniper unit that struck fear in the so-called triangle of death south of Baghdad. That couldn't be taken away: not by breaking them up, as the Army had done, and not even by the murder trials of three of their members at Camp Victory. They surrounded Sgt.
July 8, 2007 |
Edward Gramlich, a former governor of the Federal Reserve Board, now serves as a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute. He is the author of the recently released book "Subprime Mortgages: America's Latest Boom and Bust." We talked with him about the sub-prime market. Question: You've done a good deal of research into the history of the sub-prime mortgage market. What did you find?