Everyone has a favorite book. I read The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam over and over again, at least once a year. Sometimes, I will pick it up to touch and feel it, reading just a page or two, knowing by heart whole sections.
George McGovern lived these core ideals of the American Republic, acting in the tradition of Jefferson and the Enlightenment. And he lived them in dramatic action, in some of the most turbulent times of American history.
They had their own ceremony among what survivors called "family" at Engine 40 and Ladder 35 on 66th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. Twelve out of 13 firefighters died 10 years ago trying to rescue those hopelessly trapped at the World Trade Center.
The unsaid truth about grief is it never dies. Yes, the shock eventually subsides, and, sooner or later, each day gets easier to face. But part of me left with Brent, and it is a part of me that can never be found.
Fred Kaplan's enlivening 1959: The Year Everything Changed, argues that the '50s -- a decade that saw the invention of the microchip and the creation of explosive art -- has been misunderstood in hindsight.