Back Into The Fray Of History

There comes a terrible moment to many souls," George Eliot wrote in Daniel Deronda, "when the great movements of the world, the larger destinies of mankind, which have lain aloof in newspapers and other neglected reading, enter like an earthquake into their lives." Tell me about it. But something more fundamental and revealing has happened since Sept. 11 as well. For many years--12 since the toppling of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet threat; 27 since Watergate, depending on how one is counting--the country has been living outside history. By this I mean living not only with little regard for the...

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