June/July 2002

Volume 53
Issue 3


It came over with the Mayflower and stayed on to be the unchallenged drink of democracy.

Its last impresario tells why it is the most American of all entertainments. (It’s not because of the strippers.)

Richard Brookhiser has spent four years trying to capture for the television screen the character of perhaps the greatest American.

At a time when it can offer answers to urgent questions, we have forgotten America’s long history of “nation building.”

There have never been many of them, and they haven’t always behaved well. But for more than a century now, they’ve been one of the most famous law-enforcement out fits in the world.