May 2006

Mark Bowden, "The Desert One Debacle"; Jason Fagone, "Horsemen of the Esophagus"; Franklin Foer, "The Talented Mr. Chavez"; James Fallows, "Tinfoil Underwear"; Allen Barra on NFL scouting; Corby Kummer on Spanish food; Sandra Tsing Loh blasts the Mommy Wars; and much more.

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The newly restored George Washington House and a museum within it will open to the public in January 2007. George Washington House Bush Hill, The Garrison, St. Michael 246-228-5461

What to see and do on Barbados

Five Chefs Under the Influence

U.S. restaurants at the crest of the Spanish new wave

The Rioja Renaissance

An old Spanish wine takes on new life

Gauging Football IQ

The Loser's Curse


The national divide over gay marriage is a recipe for legal confusion—but we should learn to live with it


Bambino Sutra

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The Desert One Debacle

In April 1980, President Jimmy Carter sent the Army’s Delta Force to bring back fifty-three American citizens held hostage in Iran. Everything went wrong. The fireball in the Iranian desert took the Carter presidency with it. [Enhanced for online viewing, with audio, video, photos, maps, and more.]

Colonel Cross of the Gurkhas

In the mountains of strife-torn Nepal, some lessons about modern warfare from a British throwback

Horsemen of the Esophagus

Among the super-gluttons, on the front lines of competitive eating

The Talented Mr. Chávez

A Castro-loving, Bolivar-worshipping, onetime baseball-player wannabe, Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez is perhaps the world’s most openly anti-American head of state. With Latin America in the midst of a leftward swing, how dangerous is he?

Nature & Environment

This is the fourth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine's 150th anniversary. This installment is introduced by Bill McKibben, the author of The End of Nature, Wandering Home and the forthcoming Deep Economy.


The Nuclear Power Beside Iraq

Now that Iran unquestionably intends to build a nuclear bomb, the international community has few options to stop it—and the worst option would be a military strike

The Numbers War

In Washington, measuring the changing size of the Iraqi insurgency has become the battle to watch

Who Has Bush's Ear?

The Atlantic recently asked members of Congress about their perceptions of influence in the White House

The Benefits of Brutality

Why America's immigration outlook—current grumblings notwithstanding—remains so much healthier than Europe's

The Man With the Golden Phone

Before Mark Warner was a politician, he was a wildly successful entrepreneur—and his success as a huckster shows why he may be a formidable challenger for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination

Marital Differences

The national divide over gay marriage is a recipe for legal confusion—but we should learn to live with it

The Web Police

Internet censorship is prevalent throughout the world. Can the Web be tamed?

Primary Sources

Diagnosis at a distance; why private school might not be worth it; Pretty Boy Floyd as statistical outlier; the upside of global warming


Modernism, Minimalism, Fundamentalism

Glenn Murcutt: buildings + projects 1962-2003, by Francoise Fromonot; Hariri & Hariri Houses, by Gisui Hariri and Mojgan Hariri; The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, by Amy Hempel; Fundamentalism and American Culture, by George M. Marsden

Rhymes With Rich

One woman’s conscientious objection to the “mommy wars”

New Fiction

Everyman, by Philip Roth


The ominous push and pull of the U.S.–Mexico border

New Fiction

The Whole World Over, by Julia Glass

Blood for No Oil!

A new manifesto finds a model in the Truman era for returning liberals to political centrality in America. But the comparison is hopelessly inexact
Interviews: The author of The Good Fight defends his vision of the American Left

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases


The Father of the Pina Colada?

Visitors to Barbados can see where George Washington slept—really

Madrid Fusion

The pleasures and perils of the Spanish gastronomic avant-garde

Tinfoil Underwear

Tools to protect your privacy on the Internet go just so far, and the businesses that dominate it have no incentive to let them go any farther

Passing Grades

Scouting is state-of-the-art, yet judging which NFL players will pan out remains a gamble. Maybe they’re not the ones who should be studied

Who's Who

A selective index to this month’s issue


Where the Wild Things Go

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


Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?


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



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