October 2005

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.

The Atlantic - October 2005

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Don't Panic About China

Why we should embrace—rather than fear—the next superpower.


Asiatic Lilies

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Lincoln's Great Depression

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
Interviews: Joshua Wolf Shenk on how melancholy both tore Abraham Lincoln apart and gave him strength

Roy and His Rock

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

Imperial Grunts

With the Army Special Forces in the Philippines and Afghanistan—laboratories of counterinsurgency

In the Footsteps of Tocqueville (Part IV)

From the storm systems of Florida to those of Washington, D. C.


A drawing by Guy Billout


Does Oil Have a Future?

Even the industry has its doubts

Mahmoud the Bashful

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 Executioner's Swan Song?

The death penalty is not about to vanish overnight—but the Supreme Court's tolerance for it is diminishing rapidly

Primary Sources

The prospects for a united Korea; a new study of old studies; TV dads gain financial ground; AIDS in the Islamic world


Another World

The Stripping of the Altars, by Eamon Duffy; The Mind of the Master Class, by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene D. Genovese; Crazy Horse, by Mari Sandoz

Gender Bending, Part 2

Women's books that men should read

Triumph at Trafalgar

In his victory over the French and the Spanish, Admiral Horatio Nelson's biggest guns were the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism

New Fiction

On Beauty, by Zadie Smith
Interviews: 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.

A Close Read

Willful Creatures: Stories, by Aimee Bender

Latex Conquers All

A revised compendium of the curses and clichés that beset modern feminism


The Old Man and the Daiquiri

A pilgrimage through Hemingway's Havana

Sweet Home Louisiana

Sampling artisanal rum from New Orleans—and one of the city's signature desserts

Great Scott

James Montgomery Doohan (1920—2005)

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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