Alan Cullison, "Inside Al-Qaeda's Hard Drive"; Eric Alterman, "The Hollywood Campaign"; Paul Elie, "In Search of a Pope"; James Warren, "More Nixon Tapes"; Tom Carson, "Policy Wank"; Ryan Lizza, "The Natural"; Alexandra Starr, "Dixie Chicks"; P. J. O'Rourke, "Adult-Male-Elephant Diplomacy"; fiction by Christopher Buckley; and much more.
Budget squabbles, baby pictures, office rivalries—and the path to 9/11
Want big money to get elected to national office? If you're a Democrat, you need to head for the hills—Beverly Hills.
Media commentators love to speculate about the power politics of the next conclave. They keep forgetting about the most important factor of all
Fresh talk about the Irish, the Africans, the Ivy League, and Chairman "Mayo." A selection from recently released recordings in the National Archives.
How one woman (plus a disgraced Green Beret, a shameless PR lackey, and the wife of a sheikh) brought the Middle East to the brink of female emancipation. A short story
Interviews: Christopher Buckley, the author of Florence of Arabia, talks about women's lib, exploding camels, and the making of the modern Middle East
The coming presidential election may be the most important in generations
Why is Barack Obama generating more excitement among Democrats than John Kerry?
A new kind of Democrat is emerging in the South—and she's no shrinking violet
The market speaks
Arrogant, dogmatic, and anti-American, Iraq's Shiite clerics are the last people enlightened Westerners want to see in power. Let's hope they prevail
A buyer's guide
Colin Powell talks about Iraq, the Cold War, his place in the Administration, and chilling "the ambitions of the evil"
Interviews: Colin Powell and P. J. O'Rourke discuss foreign policy, Volvos, Elvis, and more. The full transcript of an interview from the September 2004 Atlantic
The U.S. prison system as a terrorist university; why the suburbs make you fat; the "happiness-maximizing" number of sex partners
Vicious, by Jon Coleman; Who the Hell's in It, by Peter Bogdanovich; Imperial Hubris, by Anonymous; Heloise & Abelard, by James Burge
Bill Clinton's sodden memoir goes into all the wrong detail
The leadership secrets of Kim Jong Il
Astonishing memoirs by (and about) deeply repellent people
A new biography reaches the heart of the labyrinth—the intense and wondrous life of Jorge Luis Borges
Coping with the sixteenth minute
In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the question of whether protecting U.S. national security warranted a preventive war was fiercely debated. The question was not new. In the September 1954 Atlantic, Thomas K. Finletter, who had recently served as the Secretary of the Air Force, broached it in a very different context.
"Sustainable farming" is now open to debate and commercial exploitation. But sustainable pork certainly tastes the way pork should
The alternative minimum tax is a nuisance, but the Bush administration is relying on it to balance the budget.