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Is there a way—without returning to the era of the smoke-filled room—to make political conventions into true deliberative bodies?
An eyewitness account of the atom bomb explosion at Hiroshima
The proud and victorious Sandinistas govern a ravaged country, and they look nervously over their shoulders for signs of counter-revolution.
“The average working vocabulary consists of 15,000 words,” says John Ciardi, and most of them have a story to tell. Mr. Ciardi’s A Browser’s Dictionary will be published this month.
As primary season came to a close one last question remained: could 300 Carter delegates somehow come unstuck?
Another turn in the fantastic adventures of a charlatan who calls himself Count Bibesco, this one involving his days at Cambridge when his tutor, destined for subsequent notoriety, taught him how to come in from the cold.
As a profession, accounting is still a parvenu. But new recruits are being lured by power, increasing prestige, and whopping salaries.
In the capital city, a traveler can sense the yearning of the Chinese for the urbanized, technological life that inevitably awaits them.