LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
NOW AND THEN
POSTSCRIPTS TO HISTORY
THE TIME MACHINE
In the underpinnings of our cities, in desolate swampland, beneath coastal waters—wherever the early settlers left traces of their lives—a new generation of archaeologists is uncovering a lost world
This century’s most powerful Secretary of State talks about the strengths and weaknesses of the Foreign Service, the role of the CIA, the rights of journalists, the contrast between meddlers and statesmen—and about the continuing struggle for a coherent foreign policy
Using the same bold colors that drew the rubes in to see the Giant Rat of Sumatra and the Three-Headed Calf, he painted a fanciful record of his world
Did the fifty-five statesmen meeting in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention know that a witch-hunt was taking place while they deliberated? Did they care?
A recently discovered collection of glass-plate negatives offers a remarkable look at our grandparents
The ground rules have changed drastically since 1789. Abigail Adams, stifled in her time, would have loved being First Lady today.
“A wound in the heart is mortal,” Hippocrates said two thousand years ago. Until very recently he was right.
A HERITAGE PRESERVED
The brief mid-nineteenth-century popularity of eight-sided houses has left us a strange and delightful architectural legacy
“I don’t want this thing often,” one soldier said of his .45 automatic pistol, “but when I do, I want it damned bad.”
How the novelty item of 1920 became the world-straddling colossus of 1940