March 2005

The Atlantic - March 2005

William Langewiesche, "The Accuser"; Paul Starobin, "The Accidental Autocrat"; Ross Douthat, "The Truth About Harvard"; David M. Kennedy, "What 'W' Owes to 'WW'"; Robert J. Shiller, "American Casino"; Peter Beinart, "Backfire"; Christopher Hitchens, "I'll Be Damned"; Sandra Tsing Loh, "Marshal Plan"; poetry by John Updike; and much more.

Features

  • The Accuser

    One woman has spent decades documenting crimes against humanity in Iraq. Now Saddam and his circle are facing justice

    Sidebar to "The Accuser": A look at some of the files compiled by human-rights researchers documenting the horrors of Saddam's Iraq.

  • The Accidental Autocrat

    Vladimir Putin is not a democrat. Nor is he a czar like Alexander III, a paranoid like Stalin, or a religious nationalist like Dostoyevsky. But he is a little of all these—which is just what Russians seem to want

    Interviews: Paul Starobin, the author of "The Accidental Autocrat," on the complex and inscrutable character of Russia's president

  • The Truth About Harvard

    It may be hard to get into Harvard, but it's easy to get out without learning much of enduring value at all. A recent graduate's report

    Interviews: Ross Douthat, the author of Privilege, talks about the social and academic realities of a Harvard education

Agenda

Books

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