December 2004

The Atlantic - December 2004

Mark Bowden, "Among the Hostage-Takers"; James Fallows, "Will Iran Be Next?"; William H. Simon, "The Confidentiality Fetish"; Benjamin Wittes, "Leaks and the Law"; Robert D. Kaplan, "At the Gates of Brussels"; Anonymous, "How Not to Catch a Terrorist"; P. J. O'Rourke, "Hail to the _____"; Alexandra Starr, "Executive Assistance"; fiction by Bill Roorbach; and much more.

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