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

Reading, Writing, Resurrection

Katrina destroyed a failing school system and made New Orleans a laboratory for education. Can reformers transcend the damage of the flood—and of history?

Roberts's Rules

Chief Justice John Roberts says that if the Supreme Court is to maintain legitimacy, its justices must start acting more like colleagues and less like prima donnas.

Surprise Party

Dismayed by the system they helped to create, some veteran political strategists are out to create a better choice in 2008.

The God of Small Things

Decoding genomes wasn't enough. Now Craig Venter wants to end our oil addiction.

Mapping Innovation

To find the next great ideas, follow the tractors, tourists, and drinkers.


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.


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.


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


A War to Start All Wars

The Middle East looks like Europe circa World War I.

The Rancor Dividend

The new Democratic Congress just might help the White House mend the country’s broken fiscal policy.

Closing the God Gap

How a pair of Democratic strategists are helping candidates talk about their faith

Will Moderation Win in 2008?

The Atlantic recently asked a group of political insiders—selected for their campaign experience, political knowledge, and ties to key voting blocs—about the strength of the religious right and the antiwar left.


Are We Not Men?

Down the ladder from Playboy to Maxim

Imperial Follies

In 1956, the British stumbled in Suez, and the Soviets crushed the Hungarian uprising—revealing the fatal flaws of modern empire.

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases

Map Quest

A journey through Alsace-Lorraine to the town that gave America its name

Northern Comfort

The best way to make rice pudding is always your grandmother’s.

Up, Up, and Away

Today, air travel is just another form of mass transit. Is there any going back to the glamorous days of yore?

Tag Teams

Social-search programs like Flickr and del.icio.us guide your Web browsing toward places you probably want to go.

The Digital-Music Mosh Pit

A new wave of Web innovation is finally challenging Steve Jobs’s empire of cool.


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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