What made FDR a more successful leader during the Depression crisis than Hoover? Why was Eisenhower more effective as supreme commander during World War II than he was as president? Why was Grant one of the best presidents of his day, if not in all of American history? What drove Bobby Kennedy into the scrum of electoral politics? Find the surprising and revelatory answers to these questions and more in this collection of new essays by great historians.
There are six articles in this edition: "Huckabee?", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "The Pigeon Police", by Ben McGrath; "Come One, Come All", by Frances FitzGerald; "Darwin's Surprise", by Michael Specter; "Nan, American Man", by John Updike; and "High Fliers", by David Denby.
"What's the Big Idea?" by Dorothy Wickenden; "Space Dirt" by Ben McGrath; "Second Act" by Rebecca Mead; "The New Evangelicals" by Frances FitzGerald; "The Itch" by Atul Gawande; "Working Girl" by Nancy Franklin; and "Big Kills" by Anthony Lane.