January/February 2007

The Atlantic - January/February 2007

Carl M. Cannon, "Untruth and Consequences"; Bing West, "Streetwise"; Amy Waldman, "Reading, Writing, Resurrection"; Jeffrey Rosen on Chief Justice John Roberts; Joshua Green on Unity08; Virginia Postrel on airline glamor, Jon Zobenica on Girlie Mags; P.J. O'Rourke follows the tractors; Michael Hirschorn has a music-geek epiphany; Robert Kaplan on the lessons of Herodotus; and much more.

State of the Union

Features

  • Untruth and Consequences

    From Washington to FDR to Nixon, presidents have always lied. Here’s what makes George W. Bush different.

    Interviews: Carl M. Cannon, the author of "Untruth and Consequences," talks about the lies our presidents tell us—and the ones they tell themselves.

  • Streetwise

    Whether we ultimately stay or go, we need to fix Iraq's policing problems. An expert explains how.

  • A Historian For Our Time

    Thucydides may have been more trustworthy, but Herodotus would have been more fun to share a wineskin with—and is a far better guide to the present.

  • Science

    Vintage Atlantic writings on science by Asa Gray, Werner Heisenberg, James Watson, and others.

Agenda

Books

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

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