May 2006 Issue

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.


  • 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.

  • Telephone Surveillance Permission Form

    Humor by Bruce McCall




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