February 2000

The Atlantic - February 2000

D. D. Guttenplan, “The Holocaust on Trial”; Debbie Bookchin and Jim Schumacher, “The Virus and the Vaccine”; James Fallows, “Inside the Leviathan”; Trevor Corson, “China's Blue-Collar Blues”; and much more.

  • Inside the Leviathan

    A short and stimulating brush with Microsoft's corporate culture

  • The Virus and the Vaccine

    A simian virus known as SV40 has been associated with a number of rare human cancers. This same virus contaminated the polio vaccine administered to 98 million Americans from 1955 to 1963. Federal health officials see little reason for concern. A growing cadre of medical researchers disagree

  • Word Court

    A is friends with the mayor's wife." I couldn't believe my eyes. In fact, when I went to look up the citation in print to send it to you, it had…

  • Jazz

    If not exactly a golden age, the seventies was a time of remarkable artistic ferment

  • Nominal Authority

    "So out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name." - Genesis 2:19

  • China's Blue Collar Blues

    Top-down economic reform in China has triggered protest from its victims -- a classic Marxist proletariat

  • Desert Hideaway

    A visit to the sunstruck landscape of Death Valley, and to the isolated cabin where Charles Manson lived in 1969

  • Slice of Life

    A sweet corner of Italy just over the Ponte del Cancello Dorato

  • Beauty Under the Knife

    In some circles in New York and Los Angeles, our reviewer writes, "no one knows anymore what a fifty-five-year-old woman really looks like"

  • A Just Cause

    IS history becoming unsafe for injustice? About sixty German companies, including Deutsche Bank, Siemens, DaimlerChrysler, and Volkswagen, along with…

  • Brief Reviews

    My Century. Mr. Grass was born in 1927. The century of the title is that of Germany, with a piece of the book for every year of it. The…

  • 77 North Washington Street

    "FOR me," says D. D. Guttenplan, the author of this month's cover story, "The Holocaust on Trial," about the libel suit brought by the…

  • Letters

    The Cost of Fame. Capital Punishment. Information Revolution. Advice & Consent Editor's Note The Cost of Fame I was interested in…

  • The Almanac

    Environment This month South Africa and Botswana are expected to officially open Africa's first "transfrontier conservation area" --…


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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