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Why You Should Care About Europe

As the economic crisis rages, leading British historian Simon Schama makes an impassioned plea: America's fate remains deeply intertwined with the continent.

LIVING WITH AMERICA

History throws it at you faster than any Hollywood action movie. On Tuesday, the world thought--and most of it hoped--that the U.S. election would give us four years of President John F. Kerry. (Remember him?) On Wednesday, it woke up with a headache to realize more Americans had turned out for George W. Bush. On Thursday, this primal groan was overtaken by the news of Yasir Arafat's death, a source of grief to his own people and renewed hopes of peace to almost everyone else. On Friday, a...

AMERICA'S ASSIGNMENT

As these lines are being written, the election process is still in full swing. But this week, barring another deadlocked outcome, the campaign that has mesmerized America will be over. What will remain are the challenges that gave rise to this occasionally frenzied battle and the responsibility of dealing with them. No president has faced an agenda of comparable scope. This is not hyperbole; it is the hand history has dealt this generation. Never before has it been necessary to conduct a war...

Lessons Of The Pagans

Precisely because we are militarily superior to any group or nation, we should expect to be attacked at our weakest points, beyond the boundaries of international law." So writes Robert Kaplan in "Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos" (198 pages. Random House). He completed his newest book before September 11, but that's not a bad description of what happened on that fateful day. And it's more evidence that in his writings for The Atlantic Monthly and earlier books like...

George W. Wins The 'Phony War'

With their fondness for martial metaphors, political pros sometimes describe the long dead zone between the primaries and the political conventions as "the phony war." The term was originally coined for the strange, tense interlude between the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and Hitler's blitzkrieg against the Low Countries and France in May 1940. The real phony war had been a time of saber rattling and marching about but not much actual fighting. So it seemed for the Gore and Bush...

Probing The Mind Of A Killer..Mr.-

What kind of man would spend nearly two decades bombing innocent people be didn't know? In Ted Kaczynski, the Feds believe they have found an eccentric Montana loner who may fit the profile of the notorious Unabomer. ..MR0-TO BECKY GARLAND, TED KACZYNSKI WAS that "hermit kind of guy" who shopped at her family's dry-goods store in Lincoln, Mont., a couple of times a year. "Over the years we had a few conversations about things, but we didn't talk long. Mostly I saw him maybe every six months...

From The Lab To The Library

It's not news that American high-school students don't know much science. The latest results from the federal government's National Assessment of Educational Progress test indicate that fewer than half of the country's 12th graders can evaluate science experiments or apply scientific principles. But it may not be known that many college students would score poorly on such tests as well. In a documentary film called "A Private Universe," 23 gowned graduates at a Harvard University commencement...