David K. Shipler

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David K. Shipler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, worked for The New York Times from 1966 to 1988, reporting from New York, Saigon, Moscow, Jerusalem and Washington. His most recent books are The Working Poor: Invisible in America and A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America. Reprinted from Columbia Journalism Review, November/December 2005. © 2005 by Columbia Journalism Review.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

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