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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A filmmaker asks New Yorkers and tourists about the allure of Broadway's iconic plaza

Video

A Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier

Video

What Do You Wish You Learned in College?

Ivy League academics reveal their undergrad regrets

Video

Famous Movies, Reimagined

From Apocalypse Now to The Lord of the Rings, this clever video puts a new spin on Hollywood's greatest hits.

Video

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

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