November 2005 Issue

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More than 2,100 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001—at least 40 of them from Massachusetts. But this is not a story about politics. It's about brothers and sons who went away to fight and didn't come home.

Pfc. Evan W. O'Neill, Army April 16, 1984–September 29, 2003 // Haverhill “Evan's father, Mike, spent 18 months in Vietnam, and when Evan was growing […]

Its audience is aging. Younger viewers are going elsewhere for their information fix. Will local TV news follow the network news into oblivion?

From where Gregg Kelley sits, everything is fine. Wonderful, even. And why not? Kelley is the general manager of WFXT-TV, Fox 25—has been for the […]

Doris Kearns Goodwin's new biography of Abraham Lincoln highlights a forgotten side of her subject—and her own knack for repeatedly redeeming herself.

Along the leafy road that leads to Doris Kearns Goodwin's home in Concord sits Minute Man National Historical Park, where colonists fired the shot heard […]

The cranky, irrepressible, pugnacious John Silber still has a few things to get off his chest.

Interview by John Sedgwick John Silber is retired now. Finally. After 26 years running Boston University, and three attempts at handing the institution over to […]

With the MBTA more unreliable than ever, its new general manager is pursuing a
desperate plan to get the system on track. Will his strategy be the ticket to fixing the chronically ailing T?

“, “ Will he ever return? No, he never returned. And his fate is still unlearned. >>>”Charlie on the MTA,” the Kingston Trio For anyone […]

An insider's tour of the Harvard admissions office, where the high standards that determine which kids get in may be set to change—and not for the better.

Early this month a red brick building tucked away a short walk from Harvard Square will become the smallest structure in Greater Boston deserving of […]

The Halifax disaster, and the Bostonians who made America’s first emergency response unit.

In an age when “disaster relief” is a familiar trope and FEMA has become a punch line, it’s interesting to read how our predecessors dealt […]

The Education of a Coach

Halberstam delves into the strange genius of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Halberstam gives us less a recap of the victorious Pats seasons than […]

The Untied States of America

Neither an academic treatise nor a polemic, this book by the founding director of Harvard Business School’s Life Sciences Project asks the question: Will the […]

Restaurants

Where do the city’s ultimate experts eat, drink, and shop? What are their confidential kitchen shortcuts? How do they entertain at the holidays? Here's an exclusive tour with Boston’s top chefs, who teach you how to cook and dine like a p

MING TSAI Whether he’s serving up Occidental-meets-Asian cuisine at Blue Ginger or inspiring home chefs by the millions on his public television and Fine Living […]

The secret to pairing holiday food and wine is that there’s really no secret. It’s up to you.

Thanksgiving with my family is probably not like Thanksgiving with your family. Does your mother start the meal by clinking a glass with her fork […]

The secret to pairing holiday food and wine is that there’s really no secret. It’s up to you.

Thanksgiving with my family is probably not like Thanksgiving with your family. Does your mother start the meal by clinking a glass with her fork […]

Puzzled by pinot? Vexed by vintages? It’s time to get to know Boston’s best sommeliers.

When I studied to be a sommelier, I was, at 25, the youngest kid in the class, surrounded by salt-and-pepper–haired cranksters who wanted to kick […]