November 2004

William Langewiesche, "Welcome to the Green Zone"; Joshua Green, "Karl Rove in a Corner"; Walter Kirn, "American Everyman"; Sridhar Pappu, "The Queen of Tween"; Ben Birnbaum, "Crayola Nation"; Robert D. Kaplan, "The Media and the Military"; P. J. O'Rourke, "Foreign Leaders and Kerry"; Chuck Todd, "After the Fall"; fiction by Nicolas Pizzolatto; and much more.

The Atlantic - November 2004

Also in this issue

Letters to the editor


What to watch for in the weeks ahead


Welcome to the Green Zone

Our fortified bubble in Baghdad is a microcosm of America—and of what has gone wrong in Iraq

Crayola Nation

Teal and periwinkle America

Karl Rove in a Corner

Karl Rove is at his most formidable when running close races, and his skills would be notable even if he used no extreme methods. But use them he does

American Everyman

Warren Buffett's billions are the least interesting thing about him. It's Buffett the symbol that matters now

Books About Schnooks

They are the very models of the modern chief executive

The Queen of Tween

Last spring Anne Sweeney took charge of a "mess" of a network—ABC—that was buried in the ratings. Can a woman whose background is children's cable programming save a broadcast network with a history of management problems? To do so, she may just have to reinvent the television business

It's Lonely at the Top

"Hello, my name is Joe. I am a CEO, and I am learning to listen and validate those around me." How executive coaching, philanthropic advising, and other specialized services help the modern—and newly self-examining—CEO get through the day

Touch & Go

A poetry anthology
Poetry: [with audio]

Between Here and the Yellow Sea

Coach and I are driving to Los Angeles to kidnap his daughter


After the Fall

What will happen to the losing party after the election?

The Media and the Military

American reporters would shudder to think that they harbor class prejudice—but they do

The Faisal Factor

A talk-show host on al-Jazeera targets those he believes are the worst enemies the Arabs have: themselves

Foreign Leaders and Kerry

Do they really like him? Here's what they—or, anyway, people—tell me

Follow the Mullahs

With theologians at the center of terrorist strategy, "forensic theology" is rapidly becoming a valuable intelligence tool

Presidential Gifts

Gifts George W. Bush couldn't turn down

Rebranding America

Promoting "Brand America"

Supreme Irony

As elections near, partisans always invoke a threat to the "balance" of the Court. But the real peril isn't ideology—it's blandness

Down Year for Dynasties

Down days for political scions.

Now, for Tonight's Assignment ...

There's a way to raise student achievement that's sensible, cheap, and ridiculously straightforward. It'll probably go nowhere

A .4 Trillion Figure of Speech

The federal budget—an explanation

Primary Sources

Why married men earn more money; Why "Dave" is sexier than "Paul"; the coming real-estate crash; does the Times best-seller list matter?


The South in Black and White

The Rural Face of White Supremacy by Mark Schultz; Israel on the Appomatox by Melvin Patrick Ely; Picturing Faith by Colleen McDannell; Conjectures of Order by Michael O'Brien

The Honorable Schoolboy

P. G. Wodehouse was a very advanced case of arrested development. Lucky for us


Philip Roth has conjured up an alternative America—but fantasy is the wrong form for a writer uncannily able to find real life fantastic

You Oughtta Be in Pictures

Great novels improved (in some specific way) by their screen versions

The Prime of Ms. Muriel Spark

Her latest novel isn't her best work, but it illuminates the novels that are


Let Someone Else Do It

The impulse behind everything

60 Years Ago in The Atlantic

"What to Do With German Prisoners: The American Muddle"

The Thieves of Baghdad

Everyone knows about the looting of Iraq's museums during last year's war. What almost no one knows is that most of the museums' holdings had been stolen and sold years before—and not by mobs of Iraqis off the street

Tastemaker With a Sweet Tooth

William A. Mitchell (1911-2004)

Who's Who

A selective index to this month's issue


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.


What Makes a Story Great?

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


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

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


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.


Is Wine Healthy?

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


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

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



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