When The Writer Is The Hero

Matching writer to hero in this fifth installment of the TIME 100 was an intriguing game of free association. Some match-ups made immediate sense: "The American G.I.?" brought the response "Colin Powell." "Jackie Robinson?" "Hank Aaron, of course." Others triggered supporting epithets. "Andrei Sakharov?", for example, brought on "Fang Lizhi." Pause. "The Sakharov of China"--the press moniker attached to the dissident astrophysicist who sought refuge in the U.S. embassy after the violent crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations. Yes, of course.

And then there was this exchange: "Pele?" "Henry Kissinger." Long pause. Come again? Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary...

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