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Aaron, Daniel
Daniel Aaron is a Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature, Emeritus of English at Harvard University and a founder of the Library of America.He received his B.A. in 1933 from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in 1943 from Harvard University.Selected works include: The Americanist (2007); American Notes: Selected Essays (1994); Ci
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Abbott, Shirley
This article is excerpted from a book about historic Charleston houses by Shirley Abbott and the staff of Rebus, Inc., which will publish the volume later this year.
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Abbott, Bill
Bill Abbott Westport, Conn.
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Abel, Elie
Elie Abel (October 17, 1920 – July 22, 2004) wrote extensively on communism, politics, and history during his six decades as a journalist. He led the New York Times' Belgrade office as bureau chief during the 1956 Hungarian revolts and covered the 1958 Chinese takeover of Tibet from his post in New Delhi. Upon returning to the United States in 1959, he took a
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Abrahams, Edward
Edward Abrahams, who lives in Washington, D.C., is the author of The Lyrical Left: Randolph Bourne, Alfred Stieglitz, and the Origins of Cultural Radicalism in America , which was published last year by the University Press of Virginia.
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Abrams, Ellen
—Ellen Abrams is writing a novel loosely about the Dionne quintuplets.
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Acheson, Dean
Dean Acheson (1893-1971) was an attorney and statesman who served as Secretary of State from 1949 to 1953 under President Harry Truman. A key architect of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, Acheson stressed the importance of multilateral organizations in the fight against totalitarianism. Prior to his service in the Truman Administration, Acheson clerked for Supreme Court Justice Louis
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Ackerman, John H.
Mr. Ackerman, who is Sunday editor of the New Bedford, Massachusetts, Standard-Times , is a long-time railroad buff, as well as “the only man who ever sailed backward up the Wareham River.”
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Ackerman, Stephen J.
Stephen J. Ackerman is a freelance writer and a collector of American political memorabilia.
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Adams, Scarritt
Scarritt Adams retired from the U.S. Navy as a Captain in 1960 after thirty years of distinguished service and subsequently was a lecturer in American history for the University of Maryland.
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Adams, Henry
Henry Adams is a Professor of American Art at Case Western Reserve University. A noted scholar of 19th century American Art, Adams has served as a curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, as a curator of American Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and at other prestigious posts across the country. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from William Jewell College for care
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Adler, Dick
Dick Adler lives in Los Angeles; he is a writer and editor for magazines and television.
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Adumbrator, The Old
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Aiken, George D.
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Aitken, Jonathan
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Akin, Wallace E.
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Akst, Daniel
Daniel Akst, a writer in Los Angeles, is the author of St. Burl’s Obituary , a novel (Harvest Books, 1997).
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Alberts, Robert C.
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Alexander, Gerard L.
Dr. Alexander, who is chief of the Map Division of The New York Public Library, has particular interest in the cartography of the Age of Discovery.
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Alexander, Jules
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Allen, Richard Sanders
Richard Sanders Allen, postmaster of Round Lake, New York (population, 1,000), is an engineering historian. His specialty is covered bridges, but he has written on everything from colonial roads to pioneer aviation. His Covered Bridges of the Northeast was published in 1957; a companion volume,
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Allen, Oliver E.
Born in 1922, Oliver E. Allen was a Harvard graduate and a long-time editor and director of Time-Life Books.  
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Allen, Gerald
Gerald Allen is an architect and the author of Architectural Drawing: The Art and Process with Richard Oliver (Whitney Library of Design).
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Allen, Frederick
Frederick Allen is a former CNN commentator and the author of Secret Formula: A History of the Coca-Cola Company .
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Allen, Gay Wilson
Gay Wilson Allen is the author of the 1981 Ralph Waldo Emerson , a Biography.
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Allen, Leslie
Leslie Allen is independent writer and editor living in the Washington, D.C. area.  She was a staff writer and editor at National Geographic from 1982 to 1992, and has authored two books, LIBERTY: THE STATUE AND THE AMERICAN DREAM (Summit Books, 1986) and WILDLANDS OF THE WEST (National Geographic, 2002).
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Allen, Frederick E.
Frederick E. Allen is the Leadership Editor of  He was a long-time editor of American Heritage, and the Editor of Invention & Technology from 1984 to 2007. 
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Allen, Ralph G.
Ralph Gilmore Allen (1934–2004) was an American producer, director, writer, lyricist, and professor. He is credited, along with Harry Rigby with having conceived of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy Sugar Babies, a tribute to the burlesque era. In 1965, Other musicals he wrote included Honky Tonk Nights and Scandals. Allen was awarded the Guggenheim Fel
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Allitt, Patrick
Patrick Allitt is the Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, specializing in political, religious, and intellectual history. Born in England, Allitt has written several books, including his most recent, The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History, released in 2009.
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Altschuler, Glenn C.
Glenn C. Altschuler is the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell and the author of All Shook Up: How Rock ’n’ Roll Changed America .
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Ambrose, Stephen E.
Stephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002) was a historian and professor who wrote on military history, presidential history, and American expansion and foreign policy. Ambrose has been praised for his biographies of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, and for helping to galvanize interest in World War II. His most noted works include D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Cli
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Amory, Cleveland
Cleveland Amory (1917 – 1998) was a prominent author and animal-rights activist. Among his best-selling books included The Proper Bostonians , Home Town, and The Last Resorts and his popular series on "Polar Bear," the cat he rescued from the streets of Manhattan on Christmas Eve in 1978. In the
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Andersen, Fred
Fred Andersen’s account of the making of the famous musical Yankee Doodle Dandy appeared in the July/August 1997 issue.
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Andersen, Kurt
—Kurt Andersen writes for The New Yorker , where his column, “The Culture Industry,” appears biweekly.
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Anderson, Ross
Ross C. Anderson is chief curator of the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. He has organized a retrospective exhibition of the art of Abbott Thayer, which will appear at the National Academy of Design, New ‘York City, from November 24,1982, through January 23,1983. It will then travel to the Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire,
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Anderson, Fred
Fred Anderson is an author and historian who has published many books on early modern colonial and military history. In 2006 Anderson completed The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War, which was rewritten as a PBS four-part series, and has written other books on American military history and the decline of the E
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Andrews, Wayne
Wayne Andrews is Archives of American Art Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. His next book, Architecture in New England , will be published by Stephen Greene Press in 1972.
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Andrews, Peter
Peter Andrews is a contributing editor to American Heritage ; his story of how the U.S. forces in World War II learned their business the hard way in North Africa appeared in the December 1991 issue.
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Andrist, Ralph K.
Ralph Andrist was a former editor in the Book Division of the American Heritage Publishing Company. He graduated with Magna Cum Laude with a major in journalism from University of Minnesota in 1935. He passed away in 2004.
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Angle, Paul M.
After leaving his father’s grocery store, Paul McClelland Angle went on to Ohio’s Miami University, and subsequently became one of the nation’s foremost scholars of Abraham Lincoln and his times. The first of his many books was Mary Lincoln, Wife and Widow , on which he collaborated with Carl Sandburg in 1932; the
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Anthony, Carl Sferrazza
Carl Sferrazza Anthony is an author who has written a dozen books on political families and wives, including America's First Families: 200 Years of Private Life in the White House, and Heads of State: The Presidents as Everyday Household Items… He has interviewed Presidents Clinton and Bush, wrote speeches for Nancy Reagan, and
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Ardman, Harvey
Harvey Ardman, the author of several books, is writing a definitive history of the Normandie to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of her launching.
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Armaleo, Maia
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Armstrong, Oscar V.
A retired Foreign Service officer, Oscar V. Armstrong was born in China and specialized in Chinese affairs during his career.
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Armstrong, Doug
Doug Armstrong Reference librarian John Abbott College Montreal, Canada
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Arnold, Thurman
From 1938 to 1943 Thurman Arnold was an assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of antitrust matters, and subsequently served as an associate justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He is now a member of a law firm in Washington. For further reading: Right-Hand Man: The Li
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Aron, Paul
Paul Aron is senior editor at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Previously he was a reporter for The Virginia Gazette and executive editor at Simon & Schuster.
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Asbell, Bernard
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Asher, Aaron
Aaron Asher (1929-2008) was one of the prominent literary editors during the 20th century, editing works by Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Arthur Miller, and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Born in East Prussia, Asher immigrated to the United States in the 1930s. He passed away in 2008 at the age of 78.
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Ashworth, William
William Ashworth, who was born and reared ten airline miles from the Snake River, is a free-lance writer and editor of the Sierra Club’s Northwest Chapter newsletter, the Northwest Conifer, aswellas chairman of the Red Buttes Wilderness Council. He is currently at work on a major history of the Hells Canyon region.
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Auchincloss, Louis
A frequent writer for American Heritage, Louis Auchincloss was a lawyer, novelist, historian, and essayist. He is best known for his finely wrought novels exploring the private lives of America's East Coast patrician class (especially the world of Wall Street bankers, lawyers and stockbrokers). His dry, ironic works of fiction continued the tradition of Henry James and E
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Augur, Helen
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Auletta, Ken
Ken Auletta is a regular contributor to the The New Yorker . His most recent book, The Underclass , has just been published by Random House.
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Ault, Phillip H.
Phillip H. Ault is associate editor of the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune and the author of, among other works, a book on the opening of communications to the West entitled Wires West (Dodd, Mead, 1974).
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Avery, Gillian
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Axtell, James
James Axtell is a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago. A professor of early North American history, he has taught at Yale and at Sarah Lawrence.
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Ayers, Edward L.
Edward L. Ayers has served as the president of the University of Richmond since 2007, having previously served as the Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at University of Virginia. In 2007, Ayers completed a 15th anniversary of The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction. This essay appears
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Azoy, A. C. m.
A graduate of Princeton University, Colonel A. C. M. Azoy retired from the Army in 1951 after serving in both world wars. His assignments included chief of the Occupational History Branch of the Army's Office of Chief Historian serving in Germany. The books he wrote include Paul Revere’s Horse,
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Backer, Wm. B.
A newswriter for a Detroit television station, Wm. B. Decker has written extensively on photographic history.
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Bacon, Martha
Martha Bacon has taught English at the University of Rhode Island, and is the author of the novel, A Masque of Exile , recently published by Clarkson Potter, Inc. This is her second contribution to AMERICAN HERITAGE . For further reading:
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Baida, Peter
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Bailes, Kendall
Kendall Bailes of Merriam, Kansas, is a sophomore at Dartmouth College.
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Bailey, Thomas A.
Professor Bailey has written such books as Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace, Woodrow Wilson and the Great Betrayal, A Diplomatic History of the American People , and the recently published The American Pageant .
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Bailey, Beth
Beth Bailey is a social/cultural historian and professor at Temple University. Her research has focused on the history of gender and sexuality and on war and society/military institutions in US history; her most recent book is America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force (2009). Her previous books include Sex in the Heartland and From Front Porch to
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Bailyn, Bernard
This article is adapted from Bernard Bailyn’s forthcoming Voyagers to the West , which will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in the fall. Dr. Bailyn, a professor of history at Harvard, has won the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes and the National Book Award for previous books.
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Bain, David Haward
David Haward Bain is the author of Sitting in Darkness , about Philippine-American relations, which was published last year by Houqhton-Mifflin.
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Baird, Logan
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Baker, Wallace C.
Wallace C. Baker of Massapequa Park, New York, is publications editor for a Long Island manufacturing concern.
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Baker, Carlos
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Baker, Liva
A frequent contributor to AMERICAN HERITAGE , Liva Baker is the author of “With All Deliberate Speed,” dealing with the Supreme Court desegregation laws (February, 1973), and “The Burning of Chambersburg” during the Civil War (August, 1973). She is just finishing a book about the Seven Sister colleges for Macmill
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Baker, James Wesley
James Wesley Baker, a free-lance writer from Eastover, S. C., specializes in the colonial and Revolutionär): history of the South.
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Baker, Russell
Russell Baker is an American writer best known for his satirical commentary and comedic prose. He won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his "Observer" columns in The New York Times, and won his second Pulitzer three years later for his autobiography, Growing Up. Throughout his distinguished career Baker also edited Russell Baker's Book of American Humor,
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Baker, Kevin
Kevin Baker is an author and journalist whose work frequently covers American history, culture, and sports. His three-part, “City of Fire” historical fiction trilogy—Paradise Alley, Dreamland, and Strivers Row—covers New York from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, and his latest novel, The Big Crowd, is set in the city just after World War II. He is also the
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Baker, Jean H.
Jean H. Baker, author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography (W. W. Norton 2008) and a professor of history at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Her two latest books include: Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists, and the recently published Margaret San
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Baldwin, Hanson W.
An Annapolis graduate, Mr. Baldwin began his newspaper career in 1928 with the Baltimore Sun. He joined the New York Times a year later and soon began specializing in military and naval affairs. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1942 for a series of articles on the situation in the South Pacific, and that same year became the Times’ military editor, a positi
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Banks, Scott
Scott Banks, a lifelong Alaskan, makes his home in Anchorage.
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Barber, James G.
James G. Barber, a historian at the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, D. C., is the author of Andrew Jackson: A Portrait Study . Currently he is surveying the portraits of Henry Clay. The views he expresses here are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the National Portrait Gallery or the Sm
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Barkow, Al
Al Barkow, a former editor of Golf magazine , is the author of Golf’s Golden Grind and The Golden Era of Golf .
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Barkun, Michael
Michael Barkun is a professor in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. His most recent book is A Culture of Conspiracy , published by the University of California Press.
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Barnes, Eric W.
Eric W. Barnes (1907-1962) was a former director of the Institute for American Studies at the Free University of Berlin from 1953 to 1957. Barnes returned to the U.S. to teach at the Loomis School in Windsor, Connecticut. He authored several books in French and English including a series of histories for grade-school students.
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Barnes, Joseph W.
Dr. Joseph W. Barnes is city historian of Rochester, New ‘York.
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Barnett, Lincoln
Lincoln Barnett (1909–1979) was an author and editor, most notably at Life Magazine for many years, and is best known for works explaining the world of science to laymen. Barnett wrote a number of books, including "The Universe and Doctor Einstein", "The World We Live In", and "The Treasure of Our Tongue". The Universe and Doctor Einstein is a l
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Barnum, Phineas T.
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Barol, Bill
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Barra, Allen
Allen Barra is a sports journalist who writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal. He formerly served as an editor for American Heritage, where he wrote about 20th century sports and popular culture. His 2009 book, Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, was followed by Rickwood Field: A Century in America's Oldest Ballpark in 2010.
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Barrett, Wayne
Wayne Barrett, who formerly worked at the National Geographic, is now a free-lance writer, based in the Washington area.
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Barsness, Larry
Mr. Barsness, who teaches English at the University of Montana, is a Western-history enthusiast who has written several books on the West. This article is excerpted from a book he is now writing on the buffalo. Mr. Bareness’ research has been supported by the Amon Carter Museum and the University of Montana Foundation.
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Bartlett, Joseph W.
The author, a graduate of Stanford Law School, is a partner in the New York firm of Gaston Snow Beekman & Bogue.
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Barzini, Luigi
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Barzun, Jacques
“fa Jacques Barzun, a scholar, teacher, and author, is past president of the National Institute of Art$ and Letters. This article is adapted from his book A Stroll With William James , to be published in March by Harper & Row.
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Basinger, Jeanine D.
—Jeanine D. Basinger, a professor of film history at Wesleyan, is the author of Silent Stars .
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Basinger, Jeanine
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Bassett, Preston R.
Mr. Bassett is a former president of the Sperry Gyroscope Company and a trustee of the New York Stale Historical Association. He makes his home in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
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Basso, Hamilton
Hamilton Basso, though a steady New Yorker contributor and Connecticut resident, is a native o/ Louisiana. His Sun in Capricorn , about Huey Long, helped establish a reputation which ten other books sustain, the latest being The View from Pompey’s Head
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Bates, Stephen
Stephen Bates is a professor at the Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Bates is the author, coauthor, or editor of four books, as well as academic articles on privacy, obscenity, libel, reporter's privilege, political advertising, and journalism history. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street
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Baum, Dan
Dan Baum, previously a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker, is the author of Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans and Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure, published by Little, Brown and Company.
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Beach, Edward L.
  Edward Latimer Beach, Jr. (1918 – 2002) was a highly-decorated United States Navy submarine officer and author. Beach's novel, Run Silent, Run Deep, appeared on The New York Times Book Review bestseller list for several months and was made into the 1958 movie by the same name starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster.
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Beale, Howard
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Beals, Carleton
Carleton Beals is the author of over 25 books, and is well-known as a lecturer in this country. His latest book, Our Yankee Heritage: New England’s Contribution to American Civilization , was published this year.
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Bean, Susan S.
Susan S. Bean is Chief Curator of the Peabody Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, where the ice-trade cup has found a permanent home.
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