January/February 2005

The Atlantic - January/February 2005

Richard A. Clarke, "Ten Years Later"; James Fallows, "Success Without Victory"; William Langewiesche, "Letter From Baghdad"; Sridhar Pappu, "What Amy Would Do"; Walter Kirn, "Lost in the Meritocracy"; The Annual "State of the Union" Report; Jeffrey Tayler, "Russia's Holy Warriors"; Tom Carson, "The Murdoch Touch"; fiction by Anna North; and much more.

  • Fatal Vision

    Richard Clarke talks about his frightening scenario of an America hobbled by terrorism—and what we can do to avoid it

  • Ten Years Later

    "Then the second wave of al-Qaeda attacks hit America." A leading expert on counterterrorism imagines the future history of the war on terror. A frightening picture of a country still at war in 2011

  • Success Without Victory

    America won the Cold War because Americans embraced a set of strategic principles and pursued them steadily, decade after decade. Here's the outline of a "containment" strategy for the age of terror

  • A Place for the Bees

    Virgil, Georgics (Book IV: 8-32)

  • Questions of Replication: The Brittle Star

    Hear the author read this poem (in RealAudio) Why now, under seven fathoms of sea,with sunlight just a sheen on its carapace.and someone's dark…

  • Letter From Baghdad

    Life in the wilds of a city without trust

  • One Nation, Divisible

    Shortly after the presidential election last November, a new map began making its way around the Internet, quickly achieving notoriety. The map…

  • Bipolar Disorder

    A funny thing happened to many of the scholars who went out into the country to investigate the red-blue divide. They couldn't find it

  • Shaken and Stirred

    The United States is about to experience economic upheaval on a scale unseen for generations. Will social harmony be a casualty?

  • Beyond Belief

    The real religious divide in the United States isn't between the churched and the unchurched. It's between different kinds of believers

  • The Massless Media

    With the mass media losing their audience to smaller, more targeted outlets, we may be headed for an era of noisy, contentious press reminiscent of the 1800s

  • Continental Divides

    The Crescent of Crime, the Spousal Spine, the Divorce Coasts, the Righteous Region, and other sources of national greatness

  • What Amy Would Do

    Should you tell your spouse about that fleeting infidelity fifteen years ago? Throw a baby shower for your pregnant-out-of-wedlock daughter? Amy Dickinson, the author of the syndicated advice column "Ask Amy," is the Chicago Tribune's successor to the great Ann Landers. And she can help—as our correspondent discovered

  • Retrospective

    Hear the author read this poem (in RealAudio) What carried us from year to year was yield:potatoes in, potatoes out, like rowing.Fist-sized,…

  • Lost in the Meritocracy

    How I traded an education for a ticket to the ruling class

  • Sports Names in the News

    Basketball legend Herb Fungus was clocked early this morning by the local police driving his Lambor-ghini at 29 mph in a 30-mph zone and staying in…

  • An Exquisite Slogger

    What to read this month

  • Darling Me

    Christopher Isherwood followed Oscar Wilde's prescription for lifelong romance by falling in love with himself—over and over again

  • The Murdoch Touch

    If Rupert's so bad, why is Fox so good?

  • Chameleon With a Toupee

    Bobby Darin was so determined to be somebody that he tried to be everybody

  • A Nice Bloody Fool

    The vaguely preposterous Stephen Spender spent a great deal more of his life "being a poet" than he ever did writing poetry. And yet beneath the surface he had a pith of seriousness and principle

  • Easier Said Than Done

    Five novels by critics who learned their lesson

  • Villages, by John Updike

    Appraising the substance of style

  • A Record Book for Small Farmers

    Had her father been a coward all these years, his reticence a cover for things he was afraid to say?

  • 45 Years Ago in The Atlantic

    "The Job of the Washington Correspondent"

  • People to People

    Some say that liberals and conservatives need to build bridges of understanding. Drawbridges might be better

  • X Jazz

    The pianist Matthew Shipp is the star of the latter-day free-jazz scene—the only scene in jazz right now with younger faces in the audience

  • Russia's Holy Warriors

    Fervently Orthodox, anti-Islamic, and proudly militaristic, the Cossacks are on the rise in Vladimir Putin's new Russia

  • Word Court

    JIM PHILPOT, of Cookeville, Tennessee, writes, "In last November's Word Court you wrote, 'None of the major Romance languages—languages directly…

  • Broadway's Last Good Time

    Cy Coleman (1929-2004)

  • Calendar

    What to watch for in January and February

  • Letters to the editor

    Bush's Lost Year I was shocked by "Bush's Lost Year" (October Atlantic). James Fallows fails to credit the Bush administration with a single…

  • Clintonism, R.I.P.

    How triangulation became strangulation

  • Redheaded Eskimo

    The corporate tax bill—an explanation

  • The Widening Atlantic

    Our growing transatlantic estrangement has less to do with George W. Bush's foreign policy than with deep social changes in Europe

  • Letting Go of Roe

    The Democratic Party's commitment to preserving Roe v. Wade has been deeply unhealthy for abortion rights, for liberalism more generally, and ultimately for American democracy

  • Presidential Ailments

    An inauguration is a good time to take stock of the health of the man who will guide the country for the next four years. Though health issues…

  • Trivial Pursuits

    Which king was the great-grandfather of France's Louis XV? When Ken Jennings, a thirty-year-old software engineer from Salt Lake City, provided the…

  • Which Harry Potter Character Gets Whacked?

    The new year brings the promise of a new best seller, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, due to arrive on bookshelves soon. Along with Muggles…

  • Primary Sources

    How car insurance causes death; the Brits and foreplay; how long could you survive without the Internet?

  • A Muslim Europe?

    In the short term the EU must assimilate its small but restive Muslim populations—and in the long term it may have an Islamic majority

  • The Cohort

    Hear the author read this poem (in RealAudio) It's true: you wake up one morning and they're gone,the flock of a hundred redpolls who swept in…

  • Flying Seed

    Hear the author read this poem (in RealAudio) There is a barrier.that locks me in. I must endure this sleep.until what seals me off. is…

  • Who's Who

    A selective index to this month's issue

  • Field Guide

    A poetry anthology

  • Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: Part V

    Violence was indeed all I knew of the Balkans,' writes Rebecca West, 'all I knew of the South Slavs. And since there proceeds steadily from the southeastern corner of Europe a stream of events which are a danger to me, which indeed for years threatened my safety and deprived me forever of many benefits, that is to say I know nothing of my own destiny. The Balkan Peninsula was only two or three days distant, yet I had never troubled to go that short journey, which might explain to me how I shall die, and why.' So it was that in 1937 Rebecca West, with her husband, set out to explore the Balkans, and particularly Yugoslavia, to see for herself why the fate of the Continent and of England has so often been threatened by the Powderkeg of Europe. The story she brought back with her annihilates distance, and touches every thoughtful reader.

  • Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: Part IV

    Violence was indeed all I knew of the Balkans,' writes Rebecca West, 'all I knew of the South Slavs. And since there proceeds steadily from the southeastern corner of Europe a stream of events which are a danger to me, which indeed for years threatened my safety and deprived me forever of many benefits, that is to say I know nothing of my own destiny. The Balkan Peninsula was only two or three days distant, yet I had never troubled to go that short journey, which might explain to me how I shall die, and why.' So it was that in 1937 Rebecca West, with her husband, set out to explore the Balkans, and particularly Yugoslavia, to see for herself why the fate of the Continent and of England has so often been threatened by the Powderkeg of Europe. The story she brought back with her annihilates distance, and touches every thoughtful reader.

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