The making of the modern Middle East; grimly absurd humor in two reissued novels; the last word on Napoleon
H. L. Mencken's perfect marriage of style and substance
The Golden State in the 1940s
Sinclair Lewis's great accomplishment was, as E. M. Forster marveled, "to lodge a piece of a continent in our imagination"
For more than fifty years American foreign policy has sought to prevent the emergence of other great powers—a strategy that has proved burdensome, futile, and increasingly risky. The United States will be more secure, and the world more stable, if America now chooses to pass the buck and allow other countries to take care of themselves.
Suggestions for getting and giving
A new history of the British Empire elevates expediency to principle
Stephen Ambrose's GIs are plaster saints engaged in a sanctified crusade
The magnificently solitary landscape of West Texas is studded with surprises
His undisguised longing for acclaim still keeps John O'Hara from being the favorite son of the place he defined
A young historian argues iconoclastically that Britain's entry into the First World War, in 1914, was "the greatest error of modern history," born of neurotic fears projected onto Germany.
Some of the best Chinese food in the world is being served in Los Angeles's new Sino-suburbs
Atlantic contributors reflect on intersections of books and travel.
The success of U.S. policy in El Salvador -- preventing a guerrilla victory -- was based on 40,000 political murders
Buenos Aires is a European city six months and a hemisphere out of synch.
Named for Eugene Debs, and raised in a socialist, racially liberal household, Orval E. Faubus, the governor of Arkansas during the 1957 desegregation crisis, was not the last politician to be hollowed out by ambition
The American South may be joining the national parade, but writing about the South still tries to establish its distinctiveness
A recent article in these pages argued that Thomas Jefferson was so deeply racist that he should be expelled from the American pantheon. But examining the problems this ambiguous figure poses for Americans reveals how the American principles of democracy and equality were entwined with the country's practice of slavery and racism, and helps to explain why America has had such difficulty creating an interracial society.