June 1999

The Atlantic - June 1999

Lester C. Thurow, “Building Wealth”; Robert Kaplan, “Kissinger, Metternich, and Realism”; Wendy Kaminer, “The Grads of '69”; Thomas H. McNeely, “Sheep”; and much more.

  • When They Get Out

    How prisons, established to fight crime, produce crime.

  • Eden: A Gated Community

    The plot contains elements of Lost Horizon and Heart of Darkness, Fitzcarraldo and The Tempest. After making a fortune as founder of North Face and Esprit, Douglas Tompkins embraced the principles of deep ecology. Then, forsaking civilization, he bought a Yosemite-sized piece of wilderness in Chile, where only he and a like-minded few would live. They intended to show the world how an eco-community could flourish even as the ancient forest was kept pristine. Tompkins ran into one big problem: other people

  • To the Animal in the Hole

    Hear Erica Funkhouser read this poem (in RealAudio). I've come back a few times, seen you hurrying away. and, once, seen your eyes, the…

  • Building Wealth

    One of the nation's most influential economists asks a few basic questions. How does knowledge create wealth? How can societies incubate entrepreneurs? What skills will the entrepreneurs need?

  • Kissinger, Metternich, and Realism

    Henry Kissinger's first book, on the Napoleonic Wars, explains Kissinger's foreign policy better than any of his memoirs, and is striking as an early display of brilliance and authority

  • The Mirror of Dorian Gray

    Mirrors never lie, they say. But how much truth do we really want?

  • Two Deaths in Rathmines

    A memory of loss from the distant Dublin childhood of the writer and former diplomat

  • The Making of the English Middle Class

    Under Margaret Thatcher and now under Tony Blair, Britain has become markedly less class-bound. How did this happen?

  • Sheep

    "What you done, son," the sheriff said to Lloyd, "separates a man from the whole world. And that's why I said you need to get right with yourself."

  • The Wild New West

    Daredevils, coots, and cowboy poets love Moab, Utah -- and so does at least one all-American family

  • Politically Correct Planting

    When gardening becomes a crusade, it's time to pause and take stock

  • Red Sauce Revisited

    The backlash against a noble tradition has gone too far

  • The Grads of '69

    Rebels in White Gloves: Coming of Age With Hillary's Class -- Wellesley '69 HILLARY Rodham Clinton once…

  • Brief Reviews

    photographs by R. Valentine Atkinson,foreword by Nick Lyons. Lyons Press, 176 pages, $39.95.

  • 77 North Washington Street

    CONOR Cruise O'Brien, the author of the memoir "Two Deaths in Rathmines," in this issue, was born into Irish politics. His earliest memory,…

  • Letters

    Victory at Sea. Prison-Industrial Complex. Pick Your Part. On Tibet. Einstein and Planck. Victory at Sea David M. Kennedy writes in…

  • The Almanac

    Demographics June is the busiest month for moving companies, as many families take advantage of good weather and children's summer…

  • Cats Out of the Bag

    Investigations of slang by the editor of the Random House Dictionary of American Slang


The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."


What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.


Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.


Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.


How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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