The Varieties of Reproductive Experience

Atlantic writing from the 1960s to the present on cloning, in vitro fertilization, egg donation, sperm donation, and more.

The New Nixon

It'll be George W. Bush, if he doesn't change his economic policies soon

Primary Sources

A liberal's case for the death penalty; can Iraq stop worrying about Iran?; bottomless appetites; congressional cheats

In the Footsteps of Tocqueville (Part Three)

Death row and a brothel in Las Vegas; a pilot's lecture on creationism; genealogy and the Mormons; higher learning in Austin; a gun show in Fort Worth; and the rain-struck opening of the Clinton Library


The U.S. real-estate bubble is likely to leak, not pop

The Secret History

Caroline Elkins, the author of Imperial Reckoning, talks about unearthing the sinister underside of Britain's "civilizing" mission in Kenya

Primary Sources

Grade inflation at Cornell; what the Saudis are teaching Muslims in America; what the UN does better than the United States

Baby Names

This American Life

In the 1930s a series of articles by the French author Raoul de Roussy de Sales commented on politics, courtship, and identity in American life

In the Footsteps of Tocqueville

How does America look to foreign eyes? This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Alexis de Tocqueville, our keenest interpreter. We asked another Frenchman to travel deep into America and report on what he found

On Becoming American

Primary Sources

Why you shouldn't trust your real-estate agent; the financial cost of expelling gays from the military; how to spot a crooked CEO

Freedom, Responsibility … and What?

Social Security reform—an explanation

77 North Washington Street


America in Foreign Eyes

Bernard-Henri Lévy speaks with David Brooks about America—its patriotism, its religion, its ideology

Primary Sources

Smart women stay single; why religious Americans fear Muslims; Israel's surprisingly bright demographic future; are the left-handed better in a fight?

John Brown in The Atlantic

A collection of writings—some by Brown's friends and collaborators—sheds light on the abolitionist who took a violent stand against slavery

Primary Sources

Hizbollah's new toy; America's "Pedestrian Danger Index"; the perils of dialing drunk

The Truth About Harvard

It may be hard to get into Harvard, but it's easy to get out without learning much of enduring value at all. A recent graduate's report

American Casino

The promise and perils of Bush's "ownership society"

J-School for Jerks

How you, too, can learn to behave like Bill O'Reilly

55 Years Ago in The Atlantic

"My Father: Leslie Stephen"

Feeling Entitled?

Huey Long's aspiration—"Every man a king!"—is at last within our grasp

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