Pausing for a moment to rub his eyes against the blinding brightness of the afternoon Mexican sun, Walter Wolf pawed the ground, then charged forward. Seconds later, he split the water cleanly and resurfaced from his dive right in the middle of his “W”-shaped pool.By Anthony Wilson-Smith17 min
Many died in their sleep. But for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other residents of the central Indian city of Bhopal—awakened after midnight by penetrating, acrid fumes or the screams of neighbors—death came in agony hours or even days later.By Pat Ohlendorf10 min
Gift books—the heavy, expensive tomes that weigh in at the holiday season—are an art form in themselves. Once they were vanity affairs: beautiful pictures, lushly presented, displayed on coffee tables to showcase the owner’s taste and sensitivity.
The American novelist Robert Stone, 47, used his experience covering the Vietnam War for a British magazine in his novel Dog Soldiers, about the drug traffic between Vietnam and California. His novel won the prestigious U.S. National Book Award in 1975 and became the Hollywood film Who’ll Stop the Rain?
For years Americans remembered him as the grief-stricken 15-yearold who bravely greeted hundreds of mourners on the train carrying the funeral procession of his slain father, Robert F. Kennedy, from New York City to Washington, D.C. As the United States recovered from the June, 1968, killing of the New York senator, brother of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, his son Joseph Patrick II left the public spotlight to deal with his own private sorrow.By Patricia Hluchy5 min
When Walter Wolf wants to relax, he takes out his 27-foot, 720-hp. dark blue speedboat into the open water at the mouth of Acapulco Bay and sets the throttle at full. Shooting forward at over 60 m.p.h. with the spray beating against his face, Wolf is in control—and in his element.By Anthony Wilson-Smith5 min
In the early hours of Feb. 17, 1970, Jeffrey MacDonald’s family was murdered. All killings are horrid, but those occurring on the grounds of Fort Bragg, N.C., that morning seemed particularly awful. The victims—MacDonald’s pregnant wife, Colette, 26, and daughters, Kimberly, 5, and Kristen, 2— were beaten and stabbed in a manner so savage that when the young army captain claimed later his loved ones had been slaughtered by four drug-crazed hippies, no further explanation seemed necessary.By Fred Bruning5 min
Congratulations on your excellent special report on South Africa (“South Africa’s transition,” Cover, Nov. 26), which described the realities of life inside South Africa most graphically. I felt, however, that the treatment of the regional politics of southern Africa somewhat simplified the situation and was occasionally inaccurate.
Inflation is running at a staggering 700 per cent a year. The nation’s foreign debt—$45 billion—is simply unpayable. In their barracks, the Argentine military grows restive, eager to cleanse a reputation stained by the 1982 loss of the Falklands War to Great Britain.By JAMES NEILSEN5 min
The reason the voters have such contempt for politicians is that they continually insult our intelligence. They are out of touch with reality, which is the only way one can account for the fact they seem to think the average type is a dolt with the wit of a sixyear-old.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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