David Samuels
David Samuels is a regular contributor to The Atlantic.
  • Where the Card Sharks Feed

    In 2011, the Justice Department targeted online-poker operators for violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Since then, many guileless amateurs, known to poker pros as “fish,” have been moving back to casinos. 

  • Elegy for the Minibar

    What has happened to my most trusted traveling companion?

  • What Obama Can Learn From Jay-Z

    The rapper addresses the gap between the haves and have-nots with something other than stale rhetoric.

  • Rakim: 'We Need a Few More Kanyes'

    Talking with the rap legend about the state of hip-hop today, how state of hip-hop when he started—and how he ended up living in suburban Connecticut

  • American Mozart

    Intense, emotional, and frequently out of control, the hip-hop superstar Kanye West allowed his antics to turn him into a national joke and to earn him the criticism of two American presidents. Would a massive concert tour with his friend and rival Jay-Z offer the troubled rapper a taste of redemption—or disaster?

  • The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange

    The man behind Wikileaks is a hero of journalism. He should be respected by the Obama Administration -- and celebrated by other reporters.

  • Lorenzo Fertitta

    Lorenzo Fertitta, the billionaire majority owner of the UFC, rarely grants interviews, but he agreed to sit down with David Samuels for his story for The Atlantic. Here is a partial transcript of their conversation

  • Arianny Celeste, Octagon Girl

    David Samuels has a chat with one of Ultimate Fighting's bikini-clad ring-card-carrying girls

  • BJ Penn

    David Samuels interviews Ultimate Fighting Champion BJ Penn

  • Rampage

    Quinton Jackson wears a steel bicycle chain around his neck, has a tattoo of a black panther on his enormous bicep, and has a tendency to howl like a wolf. He is also born-again, the loving father of four children—and known for delivering the hardest blow in the history of professional sports. Now, in attempting to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship title, he is also trying to hold onto his sanity. An intimate portrait of a mixed martial artist—and of the growing American fixation with the warriors who earn their living beating each other bloody.

  • Shooting Britney

    How a French journalist recruited a posse of Brazilian parking attendants and pizza-delivery guys and helped create Hollywood’s most addictive entertainment product

  • The Celebrity Hunters

    David Samuels, the author of "Shooting Britney" in the April Atlantic, interviews Brandy and François-Regis Navarre of X17, Hollywood's biggest paparazzi agency, about a selection of recent celebrity photographs taken by X17's photographers on the streets of Los Angeles

  • Grand Illusions

    With Rumsfeld and Powell gone, and Cheney’s power diminished, this is Condoleezza Rice’s moment. Can she salvage America’s standing in the Middle East—and defuse the threat of a nuclear Iran? Behind the curtain in Washington and Jerusalem with the secretary of state

  • Let’s Die Together

    Why is anonymous group suicide so popular in Japan?

  • A Conversation With Henry Kissinger

    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger discusses Condoleezza Rice and American policy in the Middle East with author David Samuels

  • A Conversation With Colin Powell

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell talks with author David Samuels about the relative advantages of using “soft power” and “hard power” in spreading American influence and ideas, and about the current state of American diplomatic efforts in the Middle East and elsewhere

  • A Conversation With George Schultz

    George Schultz speaks with author David Samuels about American diplomacy in the Middle East, the Cold War, the global spread of market capitalism, and his relationship with Condoleezza Rice

  • In a Ruined Country

    How Yasir Arafat destroyed Palestine