The most effective way to gather intelligence and thwart terrorism can also be a direct route into morally repugnant terrain. A survey of the landscape of persuasion
A primer for the Democratic candidates from Congress, who face daunting historical odds
For Virginia Postrel, the only thing wretched about the culture of consumerism is the excessive criticism of it
Coming (slowly) of age in the Big City
Wesley Clark is not Haig and not Eisenhower. And some Democrats are hoping he won't be Cuomo
Is there such a thing as "Englishness"—and if not, then why can't one imagine Samuel Johnson as an Italian?
"Here is the real core of the religious problem: Help! Help!" said William James. In Michelle Huneven's irresistible second novel, the…
Organic food may be coming from bigger and bigger producers, but the best flavor is still coming from organic farms, as a case study of good and great yogurt makes plain
For accuracy's sake, Diane Johnson's new novel should probably be titled Le Mort, since its clever complications—affaires both legal and…
Below the high altar of St. Peter's, investigators have found sheep bones, ox bones, pig bones, and the complete skeleton of a mouse. Was Peter himself ever there?
Why the Middle Ages are something we can still look forward to
What to read this month
What we think is a gesture of freedom is a symptom of our cage
Over the next half century genetic engineering could feed humanity and solve a raft of environmental ills—if only environmentalists would let it
Joan Didion's decline
In the days when he would make himself a nightcap and sit down to watch TV with his keepers, a chimpanzee named Oliver was hailed as the missing link. The author tracks down a retired world celebrity
Sam Phillips (1923-2003)
As capitalism's "latest recruits," American women may know less than their nannies about loving care
Who will succeed Egypt's Hosni Mubarak as the ruler of the world's most populous and important Arab country?
Supremacy by Stealth. Our country owes The Atlantic a great debt of thanks for publishing Robert Kaplan's "Supremacy by Stealth" in the July/August…