The Way We Like to See Ourselves

By Andrew Nagorski

On the morning of September 11 when I emerged from Grand Central Station after my regular commute into the city, I saw people staring intensely at the TV screens in a bank window that normally are tuned to news about the Dow. The screens featured the headline that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center. I looked back down Madison Avenue and saw a huge cloud of smoke high across the sky of lower Manhattan. My first reaction was to think that this was a terrible accident.…

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The Power of Pope John Paul II

By Andrew Nagorski

In the summer of 1981 when I was posted in Moscow for Newsweek, Solidarity was riding the crest of a euphoric wave in neighboring Poland. The free trade union had been operating openly for a full year, and the country was flooded with Solidarity banners, pins, stickers and other mementos, including those that celebrated the pride of Poland, Pope John Paul II. The communist authorities would abruptly change course a few months later, declaring martial law and outlawing Solidarity. But those fair days were still a period when seemingly everything was possible, everything was permissible.…

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