Do as We Say, Not as We Do

Globalization might actually be good for poor countries, if only rich countries played by the rules

A Modest Little War

An exit strategy isn't a foreign policy

Losing the Code War

The great age of code breaking is over—and with it much of our ability to track the communications of our enemies

The Keystone Kommandos

Just months after Pearl Harbor the Third Reich secretly sent two small teams of would-be saboteurs to the United States. Their mission: cripple U.S. industry. But things went badly wrong. What happened is a story of confusion, low comedy, and betrayal—and the creation of a precedent for the military tribunals being proposed by the Bush Administration today.

Early Riser

The joy of getting out of bed and down to work

Councils of War

Military spinoffs have transformed civilian life. The momentum right now may be running in the other direction

Getting Hip to Squareness

We want our virginity back

The Heartland of Darkness

Anthrax and hermits and gun shows, oh my!

Moore's Stone Crab

Restaurants worth building a trip around

Oh, Gods!

Religion didn't begin to wither away during the twentieth century, as some academic experts had prophesied. Far from it. And the new century will probably see religion explode—in both intensity and variety. New religions are springing up everywhere. Old ones are mutating with Darwinian restlessness. And the big "problem religion" of the twenty-first century may not be the one you think

William Kennedy's Greatest Game

Roscoe has a lyricism and a gusto rarely achieved in serious American novels about politics


Even on a résumé, less can be more

New & Noteworthy

The Iliad anew; Ved Mehta on the couch; Andrea Barrett blends exactitude and compassion

After the Quagmire

Coping with closure; enduring the New Seriousness

The Professors Profess

Ordinary people can say stupid things. Brilliant people do it brilliantly

Sheer Data

Sinclair Lewis's great accomplishment was, as E. M. Forster marveled, "to lodge a piece of a continent in our imagination"

Keeping up Appearances

Our most enigmatic songwriter has become so thoroughly documented that one book won't hold him anymore

Being Abe Lincoln

Lincoln's features and clothing are stamped on the American imagination—and imitated by "Lincoln presenters" nationwide

The Next Threat to NATO

The Baltics are knocking at NATO's door. Don't let them in

A Secret Caribbean

Marie Galante and Les Saintes are islands that the French have been keeping for themselves

A Terrifying Honesty

V. S. Naipaul is certainly no liberal—and herein lies his importance


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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