September 2006

James Fallows, "Declaring Victory"; Marshall Poe, "The Hive"; Robert D. Kaplan, "Hunting the Taliban in Las Vegas"; Hanna Rosin on candidate Giuliani; Christina Nehring blasts Erica Jong; Chrisopher Hitchens on JFK; a collection of Presidential doodles; and much more.

The Atlantic - September 2006

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From the Tech Toolbox

The American Version

Five Noteworthy Sangioveses

The Travel Advisory

Highlights of a “Fall of Rome Tour”

A Closer Look at the Neutral Point of View (NPOV)

Wikipedia and the quest for neutrality on controversial entries like "Abortion" and "George W. Bush."


Declaring Victory

The United States is succeeding in its struggle against terrorism. The time has come to declare the war on terror over, so that an even more effective military and diplomatic campaign can begin.
Follow-up: Yes. James Fallows explains why the foiled airline bombing plot actually strengthens the argument for declaring victory in the war on terror
Interviews: James Fallows talks about the surprising strides we've made against al-Qaeda—and why declaring victory will make us safer

All the Presidents’ Doodles

A history in sketches
Interviews: Sina Najafi talks about his quirky publication, Cabinet Magazine, and its forthcoming book of doodles by U.S. presidents

Hunting the Taliban in Las Vegas

In trailers just minutes away from the slot machines, Air Force pilots control Predators over Iraq and Afghanistan. A case study in the marvels—and limits—of modern military technology

The Hive

Can thousands of Wikipedians be wrong? How an attempt to build an online encyclopedia touched off history’s biggest experiment in collaborative knowledge
Interviews: Marshall Poe on the marvels and pitfalls of Wikipedia, the fastest-growing encyclopedia in human history.

Inside the Billionaire Service Industry

Need designer lighting for your jet? Fancy a dressage horse for your daughter? Have staffing issues in your 50,000-square-foot house? A growing army of experts stands ready to bear any burden for the ultrarich

Technology & Innovation

This is the eighth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine's 150th anniversary. This installment is introduced by James Fallows, a national correspondent of The Atlantic.


Some Convenient Truths

Runaway global warming looks all but unstoppable. Maybe that’s because we haven’t really tried to stop it

The Height of Inequality

America’s productivity gains have gone to giant salaries for just a few

The Reverend

Rudolph Giuliani learns to speak “evangelese”—and tests the waters for a presidential bid

Catastrophe Management

Michael Chertoff tells Atlantic contributor Stuart Taylor Jr. what it’s like to run the Department of Homeland Security. An edited transcript. (For the full transcript, click here)

Nuclear Iran

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about Iran’s nuclear quest. Special extended Web version

Primary Sources

Muslim public opinion the world over; the disappearing middle-class neighborhood; the specter of the sexual “superpeer”


Orson Agonistes

Orson Welles: Hello Americans, by Simon Callow; Framing the Early Middle Ages, by Chris Wickham

Establishing Shots

The picture books that style makers use

Zip It

Erica Jong’s stunning self-absorption

New Fiction

The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud

Dark Passage

A selective investigation of recent mysteries and thrillers


The Road from Ravenna

In the footsteps of the last Roman emperor

Wine Therapy

What makes the wines of San Patrignano so distinctive? It’s not just the grapes

Signs of Our Times

In under a century, neon signs—part sculpture, part lighting, part billboard—have gone from marketing tool to tacky trash to folk art

File Not Found

Why a stone tablet is still better than a hard drive

The Maestro of Jiggle TV

Aaron Spelling (1923–2006)


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?

What makes a story great? The storytellers behind House of CardsThis American LifeThe Moth, and more 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



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