The Trial of General Homma

Was he the Beast of Bataan, or was his true war crime defeating Douglas MacArthur? A troubling look at the problems of military justice.

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Points of Impact

The story of three World Trade Center survivors.

Sep 2002

Unseen Titanic

At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the “unsinkable” R.M.S. Titanic disappeared beneath the waves, taking with her 1,500 souls. One hundred years later, new technologies have revealed the most complete—and most intimate—images of the famous wreck.


Aksel Svindal has three Olympic medals, two World Cup titles, and the affections of fellow ski racer Julia Mancuso. But can he transcend the sport and become the next Hermann Maier? The Norwegian beast talks about the 2007 crash that nearly ended his career and his chances of dominating the 2012 World Cup.
Mar 2012

Let There Be High Water

Thirty-three years after Glen Canyon Dam strangled the West’s most celebrated river, the Grand Canyon gets its first regularly scheduled flood. Only Jehovah could have done it better.

Jul 1996
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Where Have All the Wise Men Gone?

Certainly not into the Sahara, not to race 142 miles in seven days, not to broil beneath a 120-degree sky, not to seek glory in the Marathon des Sables, the world’s most brutal run. Which leaves us a question: Just who are these fools?

Jul 1998

The Place Where Two Fell Off

Chasing tall legends for his new book, “Blood and Thunder,” the writer takes a wild ride deep into one of the most sacred spots on earth—Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly.

Oct 2006

Thinking about Machine-Man

“He is for sure not one of us,” says a teammate of ski racer Hermann Maier. “He is beyond this world,” says a former gold medalist. “He is a beast,” they say, and finally, “He is the beast.”

Oct 1998
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The Birdman Drops In

What’s it like defying gravity for a living? It’s pretty sweet, bro. The mega-life of Tony Hawk.

Jan 2002

Dude … I Mean Dad

It ain’t easy being the sponsor (a.k.a. old man) of a competitive snowboard artiste (a.k.a. my teenage son). Lend an ear, and a shoulder, and I’ll tell you all about it.

Dec 2006

Anyone for a Dip?

Since I was a kid, I’ve been warned that the mighty Mississippi is a deadly stew of swirling eddies—and that swimming across it is oneof the stupidest things a person can do. Naturally, I had to give it a try.

Oct 2007

Bear Grylls Plays Dirty

How does a guy go from hardcore adventurer to (mega-famous) television hero without losing his head? By playing himself.

Apr 2010
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The Man Who Saw Too Much

Aspen’s Michael Ferrara is bringing attention to a little-known problem: post-traumatic stress disorder among the people who save our lives.
Dec 2010
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Ghost Soldiers

The untold story of an epic mission and the army rangers who pulled off the most dramatic secret raid of World War II.
May 2001


During the invasion of Iraq, the writer prepared to go into a (supposed) chemical war zone with no weapon except his pen.

Mar 2003

National Defense

Can the United States’ goalkeeper produce another Miracle on Grass?

Jun 2010

1,000 Days in the Ice

Norway’s Fridtjof Nansen was a pioneer of polar exploration.

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Russian Refuge

Wrangel Island is a haven for wildlife, frozen in space and time.