Edward Baptist so powerfully captures the pain and tragedy of plantation slavery that I had to force myself to turn each page.
The protesters sleeping in the cold do not claim that 99 percent of Americans agree with them. Their point is that the top 1 percent plays by different rules.
Social ethicist Gary Dorrien talked to Century executive editor David Heim after writing his cover story on "the case against Wall Street."
Whatever its explicit message, Occupy Wall Street has made a powerful statement with its very mode of existence.