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(Seahorse) A Man on Horseback

Yes, we all know George Washington, but how many Americans really know him--know his character and personality, his manners and morals, his aspect as a physical specimen. As a human being rather than a symbol, Washington may be the least well known of America's greatest Presidents--a situation that the author, with this portrait, hopes somewhat to remedy.

by Richard Brookhiser

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(Seahorse) Mississippi Monte Carlo

Mississippi's Tunica County has suddenly been transformed into the nation's third largest gambling mecca, after Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Some citizens of the county have benefited from the influx of cash--but not, by and large, the poor black majority, whom some whites would just as soon see disappear.

by Benjamin and Christina Schwarz


Reports

(Seahorse) Notes & Comment: A New Iron Curtain
A diplomatic debacle is in the making, the author argues, as NATO, its nature ill defined since the end of the Cold War, seeks to expand into Eastern Europe.
by Anatol Lieven

(Seahorse) Environment: The Rancher Subsidy
America's ranchers, who use vast amounts of subsidized federal land, remain politically powerful. But for environmental and financial reasons they are under pressure as never before to change the way they manage cattle.
by Todd Oppenheimer

Personal File: Stuck With Strangers
A car skids off the road and is immobilized by snow. Then trouble arrives in the form of help.
by Castle Freeman Jr.

Fiction & Poetry

Two Poems
by Jane Kenyon

The Favor
a short story
by Roxana Robinson



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Arts & Leisure

(Seahorse) Travel: Otherworldly Madagascar
It may be off the beaten track, but that's why Madagascar is home to some of the world's most exotic flora and fauna.
by Peter Tyson

Sport: Barking Up the Right Tree
The bloodless sport of competitive coon hunting demands a certain irrational dedication. Sondra Beck goes out with her dogs almost every night of the year.
by Burkhard Bilger

(Seahorse) Music: Bud's Bubble
Two collections of compact discs show how greatly--and tragically--different are the early and the late work of the bebop pianist Bud Powell.
by Francis Davis

Books

(Seahorse) How to Raise a Good Liberal
A Call to Character, edited by Colin Greer and Herbert Kohl
by Lee Siegel

Life's Choreographer
A Dance to the Music of Time, by Anthony Powell
by Barbara Wallraff

(Seahorse) Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams


Other Departments

(Seahorse) 745 Boylston Street



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