June 2005

Robert D. Kaplan, "How We Would Fight China"; William Langewiesche, "Ziad for the Defense"; Bernard-Henri Lévy, "Road Trip: Part II"; Sridhar Pappu, "Being Geraldo"; Benjamin Schwarz, "Managing China's Rise"; Joshua Green, "The Odd Couple"; Stephen Budiansky, "Truth Extraction"; Sandra Tsing Loh, "Kiddie Class Struggle"; and much more.

The Atlantic - June 2005

Also in this issue

Letters to the editor


What to watch for in June

Other articles in this issue

Dynastic Succession

A cartoon



[with audio]

The Tattered Dress

[with audio]


How We Would Fight China

The Middle East is just a blip. The American military contest with China in the Pacific will define the twenty-first century. And China will be a more formidable adversary than Russia ever was
Flashbacks: In the 1930s a series of articles by the French author Raoul de Roussy de Sales commented on politics, courtship, and identity in American life

Ziad for the Defense

When Saddam Hussein goes on trial, he will not lack for legal defenders. Heading his team at the moment is a man named Ziad al-Khasawneh

Road Trip: Part II

What would Tocqueville say? A journey continues, from Seattle to San Diego via Alcatraz and an obesity clinic

Being Geraldo

Yes, he knows exactly what he is. But he still can't help it. (And anyway, it's not quite what you think)

The Flirty Dozen

The field testing of Agent Mauve


Managing China's Rise

Contending effectively with China's ambitions requires a better understanding of our own

Shanghai Rising

[This article is unavailable online.]

Truth Extraction

A classic text on interrogating enemy captives offers a counterintuitive lesson on the best way to get information

The Odd Couple

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, old-fashioned Democrats, have the charge—but so far few signs of the ability—to sell their party to America

The Next Plague?

Contagion through history

Democratic Dominoes

[This article is unavailable online.]

Primary Sources

Grade inflation at Cornell; what the Saudis are teaching Muslims in America; what the UN does better than the United States


Golden State

The Golden West, by Daniel Fuchs; California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown, by Ethan Rarick; The Singapore Grip, by J. G. Farrell; The Survivor, by John F. Harris; Carry Me Back, by Steven Deyle

Kiddie Class Struggle

One mom's breast-milk-curdling tour of lower education's higher end

Strange Butterflies

Recent collections from the photographic fringe

New Fiction

Specimen Days, by Michael Cunningham

A Doomed Young Man

No, he was not Byron. But he certainly tried. A new look at Mikhail Lermontov and his classic work, A Hero of Our Time

A Close Read

Ideas of Heaven, by Joan Silber

After School

The mind-boggling coincidences, boundless energy, and cheerful capaciousness of Jonathan Coe's new novel, The Closed Circle


The Kissinger Transcripts

A selection from recently released material in the National Archives
Flashbacks: Articles by Seymour Hersh, Robert D. Kaplan, and others assess Kissinger's career and legacy.

The Chap on Duty

James Callaghan (1912-2005)

Who's Who

A selective index to this month's issue


Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air



More in Magazine

More back issues, Sept 1995 to present.

Just In