Susan Reed

Susan E. Reed studied the Adamses as a Nieman fellow at Harvard. She has written about the current presidential campaign for The Boston Globe, The Financial Times, and The Independent on Sunday.

Recent Articles

Taking the Bull by the Horns

In a dreamy, amber-filtered television commercial, Coline Jenkins-Sahlin, the great-great-granddaughter of the famous American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, strolls down an autumnal path, talking about how she found resonance with a woman broker at Merrill Lynch. At the end of the TV spot, Jenkins-Sahlin recalls the words of that other great suffragist, Susan B. Anthony: "A woman must have a purse of her own." Merrill Lynch, the ad implies, is a champion of women.

Sisterhood was Powerful

When a history of civil disobedience moves us, it is because the writer is able to convey the human emotion at the heart of efforts to stand against the crowd. Ruth Rosen in The World Split Open captures the rage that both forged and tore the women's movement in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Taking It to the Web

For Coca-Cola, things don't go better with the Internet.

Behind the story of the company's recent settlement of a $192.5-million lawsuit brought by black employees is a tale of how a few determined activists used the Internet to create a public relations nightmare for the soft-drink giant.

When Larry Jones, a former Coke manager, founded the Committee for Corporate Justice, he did more than call for a boycott and organize rallies. He also set up a Web site:

Why W. is Not Q.

Before W., there was Q.--John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, the nation's second president. The Adamses were America's first political dynasty, and like Bush, Q. inherited his father's first name and a well-worn middle one from a favorite relative. But American dynasties aren't what they used to be. Where John Quincy Adams succeeded in becoming president 24 years after his father served, Bush may fail--and the difference will owe much to the level of independence each son was encouraged to pursue within the family, and the political value of that independence.

Bush's Wishful Reading:

President Bush announced that on his vacation this month in Crawford, Texas, he'd be reading David McCullough's new biography, John Adams. "I'm particularly paying attention to that part about John Quincy Adams," he told The New York Times. "You might remember, Quincy and I have got something in common."

But as this October 23, 2000

American Prospect article, "Why W. is Not Q." indicates, Bush the Younger may have less in common with the younger Adams than he might like to think.