October 2004

The Atlantic - October 2004

James Fallows, "Bush's Lost Year"; Peter Bergen, "The Long Hunt for Osama"; Sridhar Pappu, "The Crusader"; Ian Frazier, "If Memory Doesn't Serve"; Jonathan Rauch, "Divided We Stand"; Michelle Cottle, "The X Factor"; P. J. O'Rourke, "To Hell With Lipitor!"; Graham Allison, "Tick, Tick, Tick"; fiction by Christopher Buckley; and much more.

Features

  • Bush's Lost Year

    By deciding to invade Iraq, the Bush Administration decided not to do many other things: not to reconstruct Afghanistan, not to deal with the threats posed by North Korea and Iran, and not to wage an effective war on terror. An inventory of opportunities lost

  • The Long Hunt for Osama

    Where has he been? How did we ever let him get away? Our correspondent—one of the few Western journalists ever to have met Osama bin Laden—traces the al-Qaeda leader's footsteps in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and describes the sometimes hapless American pursuit

  • If Memory Doesn't Serve

    Sarah Jessica Parker or Sarah Michelle Gellar? Ashanti or Beyoncé? All will come clear on the Day of Reckoning

  • The Crusader

    Eliot Spitzer, the attorney general of New York, has risen to national prominence by emulating Teddy Roosevelt and fearlessly taking on powerful interests. His aggressiveness has made him a lot of enemies—but it may propel him to the governor's mansion and beyond

  • The Big Picture

    Our annual survey of the admissions landscape uncovered recent and upcoming changes to the process, growing concern about tuition increases, and serious questions about whether colleges are fulfilling their mission

  • Who Needs Harvard?

    The pressure on smart kids to get into top schools has never been higher. But the differences between these schools and the next tier down have never been smaller

    Interviews: Atlantic contributing editor Gregg Easterbrook on why the college-admissions process need not be a confidence-shattering ordeal

  • Measure by Measure

    A new effort to determine how well schools teach

  • Independent Counsel

    For private admissions consultants business is booming. But is their expensive expertise worth the cost?

  • The Third Way

    Liberal arts or a professional education? More and more students are choosing to combine elements of both. A leading proponent describes the emerging trend he calls "practice-oriented education"

  • Florence of Arabia (Part II)

    One woman's crusade to bring female emancipation to the Middle East. A short story

Agenda

Books

Pursuits

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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