The New Recruit

Brian Mockenhaupt talks about the men and women who enter basic training today, and how the Army has adapted to meet their needs.

Primary Sources

Presidential tea leaves; open-market elves; the fine art of sword-swallowing

In Search of the American Dream

Articles by Eleanor Roosevelt and others take up the question of what constitutes the American ideal

A Single Bullet

Thomas Mallon talks about JFK conspiracy theories and a new book that places the blame squarely on Lee Harvey Oswald.

The Military

This is the 14th in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary. For the full text of these articles, visit

The Phantom Menace

What war on the middle class?

Primary Sources

The boldest profession; hot or not?; Iran's oil woes; a nation of multitaskers

The Story of a Snitch

Across our inner cities, the code of omerta has spread from organized crime to ordinary citizens. “Stop snitching” has become a motto to live—or die—by, as John Dowery Jr. discovered.

Gangland U.S.A.

Articles dating back to the 1800s trace the evolution of America's gang problem.

College Girls

Articles from the 1890s through the 1960s explore the academic, social, and sexual debates surrounding women at college

On Baltimore's Mean Streets

Jeremy Kahn rides along with Baltimore's Homicide Operations Squad in search of murder witnesses

Viewers to a Kill

Jeremy Kahn, author of "The Story of a Snitch," talks about the growing problem of witness intimidation and the challenges of reporting a story about it.

Religion & Faith

This is the thirteenth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary. For the full text of these articles, visit

It’s His Party

Bush is fading. Bush Republicanism is here to stay.


Primary Sources

Mapping Innovation

To find the next great ideas, follow the tractors, tourists, and drinkers.

Reading, Writing, Resurrection

Hurricane Katrina destroyed one of America’s worst school systems and made New Orleans the nation’s laboratory for educational reform. But can determined educators and entrepreneurs transcend the damage of the flood—and of history?

American Icons

This is the eleventh in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine's 150th anniversary. This installment is introduced by Mark Bowden, an Atlantic national correspondent.

Primary Sources

Afghan schools under attack; the perils of stock-tip spam; marriage as a matter of life and death; Vietnamese astrology gets it right

The Top 100 Influential Figures in American History

Who are the most influential figures in American history? We asked 10 eminent historians. The result, collected here, is The Atlantic’s Top 100. (More on America’s most influential filmmakers, musicians, critics, architects, and poets—and how we put these lists together—below.)

They Made America

Who are the most influential figures in American history? The Atlantic recently asked ten eminent historians. The result was The Atlantic’s Top 100—and some insight into the nature of influence and the contingency of history. Was Walt Disney really more influential than Elizabeth Cady Stanton? Benjamin Spock than Richard Nixon? Elvis Presley than Lewis and Clark? John D. Rockefeller than Bill Gates? Babe Ruth than Frank Lloyd Wright? Let the debates begin.

Top Living Influential Americans

Living Americans who received votes from panelists

Panelist Biographies

Get Me Rewrite!

A modest proposal for reinventing newspapers for the digital age


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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