Mark Bowden, “Tales of the Tyrant”; Douglas Brinkley and Anne Brinkley, “Lawyers and Lizard-Heads”; Steve Olson, “The Royal We”; Richard Todd, “Lost in the Magic Kingdom”; Thomas Hine, “Spring Cars”; Christopher Hitchens on Kingsley Amis; fiction by Donald Hall; and much more.
A President for whom tomorrow never comes
What does Saddam Hussein see in himself that no one else in the world seems to see? The answer is perhaps best revealed by the intimate details of the Iraqi leader's daily life
Can self-fulfillment build character?
The game is still best when played as it was originally: on grass
Why won't South Korea let North Korea's highest-level defector speak out?
A short story
As the weather grows more seductive, so do the new-model automobiles
Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis's comic masterpiece, may be the funniest book of the past half century
Though Richard Nixon meant to do the right thing, his actions were at odds with his principles
One legacy of Vietnam that we continue to live with is the idea that air power cannot win a war
Introductions can be an especially hazardous corner of the social minefield
The real reason Americans detest the idea of a national ID card
Restaurants worth building a trip around
New Religions Although I agree with Toby Lester ("Oh, Gods!," February Atlantic) that reports of the death of religion are greatly exaggerated, I…
In her new biography Jane Smiley argues that Dickens may have been "the first true celebrity"
We're not quite as good at destruction as we think we are
Summer between hard covers; the century in a house
The mathematical study of genealogy indicates that everyone in the world is descended from Nefertiti and Confucius, and everyone of European ancestry is descended from Muhammad and Charlemagne
Campaign-finance reform is only a start
Why social conservatives should support same-sex marriage
The Golden State in the 1940s
On being kissed by a chipmunk and other perplexities of travel in Disney World
Bonnie Lewellyn, of Hayward, Calif., writes, "In recent months a puzzling word has reared its head once again: surveil. When I first heard it used, a…
The prison letters of James Earl Ray