Joshua Wolf Shenk, "Lincoln's Great Depression"; Joshua Green, "Roy and His Rock"; Robert D. Kaplan, "Imperial Grunts"; Sandra Tsing Loh on Nancy Drew, Corby Kummer on New Orleans rum; Clive Crook on the future of oil; Wayne Curtis on Hemingway's Havana; and much more.
Why we should embrace—rather than fear—the next superpower.
What to watch for in the weeks ahead
Meltdown James Fallows sets forth an interesting tale in attempting to make the case that an economic meltdown looms by 2016 ("Countdown to a…
Even the industry has its doubts
For Iran's new president, running from the 1979 hostage-taking is like John Hancock's running from the Declaration. What's his problem?
The death penalty is not about to vanish overnight—but the Supreme Court's tolerance for it is diminishing rapidly
When Alan Greenspan steps down as chairman of the Federal Reserve System, on January 31, it will mark the end of a nearly twenty-year run for one…
Where do you think oil prices will be next year? Go ahead, pick a number—any number—and you can probably find an expert somewhere who agrees…
The prospects for a united Korea; a new study of old studies; TV dads gain financial ground; AIDS in the Islamic world
Abraham Lincoln fought clinical depression all his life, and if he were alive today, his condition would be treated as a "character issue"—that is, as a political liability. His condition was indeed a character issue: it gave him the tools to save the nation
Hear the author read this poem (in RealAudio) The six-foot stalks, like Amazon spears. thrust into the bull's-eye of a barrel sawed in…
Nancy Drew has two mommies
Women's books that men should read
What to read this month
A revised compendium of the curses and clichés that beset modern feminism
Top ten works of nonfiction as of July 2005, compiled by the daily newspaper Ha'aretz. 1. Raise Not Thy Hand Against the Child, by Rabbi Israel…
In his victory over the French and the Spanish, Admiral Horatio Nelson's biggest guns were the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism
What makes good writing good
Finds and flops
A pilgrimage through Hemingway's Havana
Sampling artisanal rum from New Orleans—and one of the city's signature desserts
In May a reader asked, "What is the word to describe the moment right before you are about to do something terribly stupid, when everything runs in…
James Montgomery Doohan (1920—2005)
A selective index to this month's issue
Roy Moore, the "Ten Commandments Judge," has embarked on an odyssey that is taking him and his controversial monument far beyond his home state of Alabama. He wants the Republican Party to bow down
With the Army Special Forces in the Philippines and Afghanistan—laboratories of counterinsurgency
From the storm systems of Florida to those of Washington, D. C.
Hear the author read this poem (in RealAudio) Artemis—virginal goddess of the hunt, thus. goddess of childbirth,…
A drawing by Guy Billout
Joshua Wolf Shenk on how melancholy both tore Abraham Lincoln apart and gave him strength
The author of White Teeth and The Autograph Man talks about her new comedy of manners-cum-campus novel and the pitfalls of literary celebrity.