Mark Bowden, "Jihadists in Paradise"; Joshua Green, "They Won't Know What Hit Them"; James Fallows, "Mr. Zhang Builds His Dream Town"; Sandra Tsing Loh on women's preference for food over sex with their husbands; Ross Douthat on George Bush's Legacy; Ilana Ozernoy on a disintigrating Baghdad Neighborhood; Emily Hiestand travels to Sweden; Mona Simpson reviews Chekhov; and much more.
A kidnapping at a Philippine resort triggered a yearlong hunt for pirate terrorists and their American hostages. A behind-the-scenes tale of intrigue, spycraft, and betrayal. [Web-only: Watch CIA surveillance footage and video interviews with the story's key players]
Interviews: Mark Bowden, author of "Jihadists in Paradise," on hunting down the story of Abu Sabaya.
The software mogul Tim Gill has a mission: Stop the Rick Santorums of tomorrow before they get started. How a network of gay political donors is stealthily fighting sexual discrimination and reshaping American politics
This is the thirteenth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary.
Bush is fading. Bush Republicanism is here to stay.
The disintegration of a Baghdad neighborhood
The European baby bust; life on two dollars a day; the bovine menace
The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq
Cheap private schools are educating poor children across the developing world—but without much encouragement from the international aid establishment.
A vote for France’s first female president may not deliver the political change the country wants.
Saparmurat Niyazov (1940–2006), the nuttiest despot
Britain vs. France through the ages
A review of Tales of Chekhov
A new history of Orientalism reveals the vagary and variety of the field—and the danger of declaring any area of inquiry off-limits.
A guide to additional releases: Mamet on Hollywood, murder in Chicago, Jane Smiley's latest, and more
Banning trans fats probably makes sense from a public-health standpoint—but will the doughnut survive?
It is the same in the eye of every beholder.
New programs back up everything you do— in real time, online, and automatically.
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