In This Issue
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California: The Property Tax War
More than a million taxpayers endorse a constitutional amendment to put a ceiling on property taxes—and on the growth of government.
Party of One: Henry James in Haiti, Where He Never Went
All Happy Clans Are Alike: In Search of the Good Family
Blood ties arc not the only ones that deserve to be called familial, as a journalist learned in the course of researching family life. Relatives sometimes fail to be friends, but with luck, friends can be transformed into relatives, tribesmen, members of one’s clan.
The Editor's Page
Alger Hiss and Liberal Anxiety
Perjury, a new book by Allen Weinstein, focuses attention yet again on the Hiss case. Why does it still matter? The answer lies in the fears and vulnerability of countless American liberals.
Tras Os Montes
Poor Fellow Dingo
Life Begins: The Birth of the Late, Great Picture Magazine
It took a while for inventions like the electric light bulb, vinegar, the toothbrush, and the horseless carriage to catch on, but within hours of its first appearance, Henry Luce’s Life magazine was a popular success. Here is the story of its birth and of the people who conceived it.
Henry Thoreau built his house at Walden Pond for only $28.12½. George Dyson built his house ninety-five feet above the ground in a Douglas fir tree for $20 less.
Asia: The Panorama From Hong Kong
Not in recent history has Asia been so ready to exchange swords for ploughshares. Can U.S. policy take advantage of the new mood?
My Kind of Town
Scholarship: A Singular Notion
Baiting the Booboisie
The Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling
Brown/Jerry Brown: The Man on the White Horse
Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life
The Panama Canal
The Peanut Papers
The Writings of a Savage
The Greenleaf Fires
The Ends of Power
A Captive of Time
Selected Letters of Conrad Aiken
The Hog Book
The Atlantic Puzzler