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Tom Vanderbilt

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Tom Vanderbilt writes on design, technology, architecture, science, and many other topics. He is author of "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) " published in 2008 by Alfred A. Knopf, and "Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America," published in 2002 by Princeton Architectural Press. He is contributing editor to I.D. and Print magazines, contributing writer at Design Observer, and writes for many publications, ranging from Wired to the New York Times to Men's Vogue to the Wilson Quarterly. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Diane Ravitch

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Diane RavitchI was born in Houston, Texas, in 1938. I am third of eight children. I attended the public schools in Houston from kindergarten through high school (San Jacinto High School, 1956, yay!) . I then went to Wellesley College, where I graduated in 1960. Within weeks after graduation from Wellesley, I married. The early years of my marriage were devoted to raising my children. I had three sons: Joseph, Steven, and Michael. Steven died of leukemia in 1966. I now have four grandsons, Nico, Aidan, Elijah, and Asher.I began working on my first book in the late 1960s. I also began graduate studies at Columbia...