Toby Lester, “Oh, Gods!”; Gary Cohen, “The Keystone Kommandos”; Joshua Wolf Shenk, “Being Abe Lincoln”; Ron Rosenbaum, “Degrees of Evil”; Jeffrey Tayler, “The Next Threat to NATO”; Joseph Epstein, “Early Riser”; fiction by Beth Lordan; Geoffrey Wheatcroft on V. S. Naipaul; and much more.
Globalization might actually be good for poor countries, if only rich countries played by the rules
An exit strategy isn't a foreign policy
The great age of code breaking is over—and with it much of our ability to track the communications of our enemies
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.
The joy of getting out of bed and down to work
Military spinoffs have transformed civilian life. The momentum right now may be running in the other direction
We want our virginity back
Anthrax and hermits and gun shows, oh my!
Restaurants worth building a trip around
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
A short story
Roscoe has a lyricism and a gusto rarely achieved in serious American novels about politics
Even on a résumé, less can be more
The Iliad anew; Ved Mehta on the couch; Andrea Barrett blends exactitude and compassion
Coping with closure; enduring the New Seriousness
Ordinary people can say stupid things. Brilliant people do it brilliantly
Sinclair Lewis's great accomplishment was, as E. M. Forster marveled, "to lodge a piece of a continent in our imagination"
Our most enigmatic songwriter has become so thoroughly documented that one book won't hold him anymore
Lincoln's features and clothing are stamped on the American imagination—and imitated by "Lincoln presenters" nationwide
The Baltics are knocking at NATO's door. Don't let them in
The Atlantic's readers seem to have worried about the authors of October's word-fugitive questions. One October question was "What do you call it…
Marie Galante and Les Saintes are islands that the French have been keeping for themselves
V. S. Naipaul is certainly no liberal—and herein lies his importance
EgyptAir 990 I read with interest William Langewiesche's "The Crash of EgyptAir 990" (November Atlantic) and concluded that the catastrophe might…
Some thoughts on Hitler, bin Laden, and the hierarchy of wickedness