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The Neil Armstrong You Didn’t Know

The late astronaut’s thoughts on Charles Lindbergh, NASA’s early days—and his dreams of flying to Mars.
Sep 2012
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The Most Trusted Freshman in America

Long before Walter Cronkite was the voice of the news, he was just a kid from Houston at the University of Texas, chasing girls, acting in school plays, and drinking cheap beer. Yet Douglas Brinkley argues that it was in Austin that the seeds of one of the greatest careers in American journalism were sown.
May 2012
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Rachel Carson and JFK, an Environmental Tag Team

On the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring’s publication, a best-selling historian shows the extent to which John Kennedy and his administration defended Rachel Carson’s controversial work against the chemical industry’s onslaught.
May 2012
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Reckless Abandonment

Aug 2007
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Reagan, Unscripted

All the qualities that made Ronald Reagan one of the most popular presidents in modern American history are reflected in the diaries, to be published this month, that he kept throughout his eight years in office. Here he is, losing his temper with the Soviets (and his son Ron), cracking jokes about Castro, protecting Nancy, holding the weeping mothers of Marines killed in Beirut.

Jun 2007
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Welcome to Camp Penn

If it looks as if Sean Penn is just another Hollywood star courting headlines with a camera-ready cause, look again. Since January, barely stopping to promote his next ?lm, Fair Game, the actor, director, and activist has plunged full-time into Haitian earthquake-relief work, armed with a Glock pistol and a golden Rolodex. Near Port-au-Prince, where Penn runs one of Haiti’s largest displaced-persons camps, the author reports on the A-team Penn has assembled, his down-and-dirty methods, his unlikely partnership with the U.S. Army, and the needs that drive him.

Jul 2010
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Johnny Depp’s Great Escape

Plunging deep into his roles—from the self-created (Edward Scissorhands and Captain Jack Sparrow) to the painstakingly re-created (Hunter S. Thompson, and John Dillinger in this month’s Public Enemies)—Johnny Depp can drive himself to the edge of the psyche. His decompression is as extreme: a 45-acre private Bahamian island, where he can snorkel among the barracuda. The author joins the 46-year-old star and friends on Depp’s 156-foot yacht, which flies the Jolly Roger, for a stay in this singular paradise.

Jul 2009
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Power Ties

Watergate will always unite Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. But a trove of unpublished letters reveals that the disgraced Nixon quietly advised his successor on matters large and small. In an excerpt from his forthcoming biography of Ford, the author exposes a hidden dynamic in an extraordinary presidential relationship.

Dec 2006
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Lance Armstrong Rides Again

Indefatigable anti-cancer crusader and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong opens up about doping, dating, politics (including a possible run for the Texas statehouse), George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, the French, the next phase in his war on a global epidemic, and why he’s decided to try for an eighth Tour title—at age 37.

Sep 2008
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How New Orleans Drowned

As Hurricane Katrina bore down and weather experts sounded the alarm, every hour counted. Yet Mayor Ray Nagin waited to order a mandatory evacuation, FEMA director Michael Brown held off on readying adequate relief, and Governor Kathleen Blanco and President Bush exchanged form letters instead of urgent phone calls. An excerpt from the 2006 book The Great Deluge lays out the farce behind the tragedy.

Jun 2006
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Tour of Duty

Senator John F. Kerry often cites his service in Vietnam as a formative element of his character. A new account of his time there—based on interviews with those who knew him well, and on his never-before-published letters home and his voluminous “war notes”—offers the first intimate look at a traumatic and life-altering experience.

Dec 2003