John was a serious Buddhist and took Sam to visit his teacher, the Coconut Monk, at his floating pagoda in the Mekong Delta. They rode through rice fields on a motorbike driven by John, his orange monk's robes flying in the wind.
The attempt to tackle the sexual legacy of John Kennedy was an unmitigated disaster for Sy Hersh, the low point of an otherwise illustrious career. Why would Hersh, the man obsessed with public policy, tackle this sordid tale in the way that he did?
Combined with the ongoing tragedy of Vietnam -- including the secret bombing of Cambodia and the violent squelching of antiwar protest -- Watergate shook the public's confidence in government as it hadn't been since the bleakest days of secession and the Civil War.
If our journalists in the Arab world were as good at investigating and writing stories as they were in shoe tossing, we would have perhaps uncovered a whole series of Abu Ghraibs or even more horrific stories.