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.

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Letters to the editor


Playing for all the marbles; the color of money; a slushier Iditarod; China's torch song


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


American Casino

The promise and perils of Bush's "ownership society"

What "W" Owes to "WW"

President Bush may not even know it, but he can trace his view of the world to Woodrow Wilson, who defined a diplomatic destiny for America that we can't escape

J-School for Jerks

How you, too, can learn to behave like Bill O'Reilly

Primary Sources

Hizbollah's new toy; America's "Pedestrian Danger Index"; the perils of dialing drunk

The New Opium War

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The London Look: Fashion From Street to Catwalk, by Christopher Breward, Edwina Ehrman, and Caroline Evans; Harvard Rules, by Richard Bradley; The Glorious Cause, by Robert Middlekauff; The Meaning of Independence, by Edmund Morgan

I'll Be Damned

Graham Greene's most fervent loyalty was to betrayal

One Great Book Per Life

Writers who said it all to perfection in a single book and then most decently died

Marshal Plan

The age of parents as friends is over


A leading observer of militant Islam argues that the movement will undermine itself—if only the United States will let it


Feeling Entitled?

Huey Long's aspiration—"Every man a king!"—is at last within our grasp

55 Years Ago in The Atlantic

"My Father: Leslie Stephen"

The Magician

The world's best pool player sees shots no one else can

Who's Who

A selective index to this month's issue


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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