Bill Berkeley (“The Warlords of Natal”) has reported on African affairs for a decade. He is the author of Liberia: A Promise Betrayed (1986).

Charles A. Cerami (“Three New Ways to Create Jobs”) is the president of the World Trade Institute, in Washington, D.C. He is a former foreign-affairs editor for Kiplinger publications and the author of nine books.

Ivan Chermayeff (cover art) is a designer, painter, and illustrator whose work has been exhibited widely in the United States. Europe, Russia, and Japan. He has received numerous awards from the Type Directors Club, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Society of Illustrators, and the Art Directors Club of New York.

Richard Conniff (“Healthy Terror”) writes about the natural world for Smithsonian, National Geographic, and other publications, and appears on the television show National Geographic Explorer.

Peter Davison (“In the Depths of France”) is The Atlantic’s poetry editor and an imprint editor at Houghton Mifflin.

Edward J. Delaney (“The Drowning”), a former reporter and bureau chief for The Denver Post, lives in Fall River, Massachusetts. His short stories have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly and The Greensboro Review.

Dennis Drabelle (“A Touch of Sophistication”) writes often about fiction, movies, and the environment. His reviews appear regularly in The Washington Post.

Alice Rose George (“A Humdrum Life”) is the photography editor of Granta. Her poems have appeared in the New England Review and The Paris Review.

Matthew Gurewitsch (“Voice of the Mind”) has written on cultural subjects for The New York Times, Mirabel la, the Yale Review, and other publications.

Maxine Kumin (“The Word”) won a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for her collection of poems Up Country. She is the author of nu-

merous books of poetry, including Looking for Luck (1992).

Eugene Peck (At Last Count) is a principal of PGIC, an environmental consulting firm specializing in the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems.

Daniel D. Polsby (“The False Promise of Gun Control”) is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at Northwestern University and an affiliated scholar at the Heartland Institute, a nonprofit public-policy institute in Palatine, Illinois.

Thomas Powers (“Downwinders”) is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and a publisher and editor of Steerforth Press, in South Royalton, Vermont. He is the author of Heisenberg’s War: The Secret History of the German Bomb (1993).

Barbara Wallraff (“The Keys to the Castle”) is a senior editor of The Atlantic.

Geoffrey Wheatcroft (“The Friends of Salman Rushdie”) is a columnist for several London newspapers and the author of The Randlords (1986).