On October 7, 2002, in Cincinnati, Ohio, George W. Bush delivered the defining speech of his Presidency.
—"Barack Obama: What's The Big Idea?" by Dorothy Wickenden, June 30, 2008
In July, 1820, John Keats published his third and final book, "Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems."
—"Cloudy Trophies: John Keats's obsession with fame and death," Adam Kirsch, July 7, 2008
When Janet Hamlin first went to Guantánamo Bay to work as a courtroom sketch artist, in April of 2006, she was forbidden to draw the faces of detainees in any detail, as part of the Pentagon's efforts to comply with the Geneva Conventions.
—"By a Nose," by Ben McGrath, July 7, 2008
Last October, Sheldon Adelson, the gaming multibillionaire, accompanied a group of Republican donors to the White House to meet with George W. Bush.
—"The Brass Ring: A multibillionaire's relentless quest for global influence," Connie Bruck, June 30, 2008
In February, 2007, when Barack Obama declared that he was running for President, violence in Iraq had reached apocalyptic levels, and he based his candidacy, in part, on a bold promise to begin a rapid withdrawal of American forces upon taking office.
—"Obama's Iraq Problem," by George Packer, July 7, 2008
In 1841, Andrew Jackson Downing published the first landscape-gardening book aimed at an American audience.
—"Turf War: Americans can't live without their lawns-but how long can they live with them?" by Elizabeth Kolbert, July 21, 2008
Anne Carroll Moore was born long ago but not so far away, in Limerick, Maine, in 1871.
—"The Lion and the Mouse: The battle that reshaped children's literature," by Jill Lepore, July 21, 2008
One day in 1995, Barack Obama went to see his alderman, an influential politician named Toni Preckwinkle, on Chicago's South Side, where politics had been upended by scandal.
—"Making It: How Chicago shaped Obama," by Ryan Lizza, July 21, 2008
In June, 2007, a thirty-nine-year-old unemployed physicist named Garrett Lisi arrived at a professional conference in Morelia, Mexico, to give a twenty-minute talk.
—"Surfing the Universe: An academic dropout and the search for a Theory of Everything," by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, July 21, 2008
In September, 1922, after the Turkish forces of Mustafa Kemal defeated a Greek army that had recklessly occupied the Anatolian city of Smyrna, members of Smyrna's Greek, Armenian, and expatriate communities were killed, raped, and robbed.
—Short, uncredited review of Paradise Lost, July 28, 2008
On the morning of April 15th, a short video entitled "2008 China Stand Up!" appeared on Sina, a Chinese Web site.
—"Angry Youth: The new generation's neocon nationalists," by Evan Osnos, July 28, 2008
The summer of 1949 was long and dry in Montana.
—"The Eureka Hunt: Why do good ideas come to us when they do?" by Jonah Lehrer, July 28, 2008 (abstract)
In April of 1862, Emily Dickinson wrote to a stranger, initiating a fervent twenty-four-year correspondence, in the course of which they managed to meet only twice.
—"Her Own Society: A new reading of Emily Dickinson," by Judith Thurman, August 4, 2008
In a handwritten letter to himself, dated December 13, 1990, Specialist Alan Rogers, a twenty-three-year-old African-American chaplain's assistant, grappled with the issue of fear as he prepared for his first combat tour.
—"A Soldier's Legacy: Don't ask, don't tell, but Alan Rogers was a hero to everyone who knew him," by Ben McGrath, Aug. 4, 2008
In 1861, the year Tsar Alexander II freed the serfs, Elena Molokhovets published her domestic bible, "A Gift to Young Housewives, or the Means of Lowering Household Expenses."
—"Soup to Nettles," by Julia Ioffe, Aug. 4, 2008
On May 3, 2005, in France, a man called an emergency hot line for missing and exploited children.
—"The Chameleon: The many lives of Frédéric Bourdin," by David Grann, Aug. 11, 2008
One Sunday last February, a young woman named Kristen Smith left the parking lot of Bethany Baptist Church, in Plant City, Florida, and drove along a two-lane country road with a large gold crown on the seat beside her.
—"The Strawberry Girls," by Ann Hull, Aug. 11, 2008 (abstract)
In August, 2000, Dr. Roger Wetherbee, an infectious-disease expert at New York University's Tisch Hospital, received a disturbing call from the hospital's microbiology laboratory.
—"Superbugs: The new generation of resistant infections is almost impossible to treat," by Jerome Groopman, Aug. 11, 2008
On a bright September day in 1993, not long before he ended his two decades in exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn delivered a rare public address in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein.
—Boundary Issues," by David Remnick, Aug. 25, 2008
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