March 2007

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.


Jihadists in Paradise

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.

They Won’t Know What Hit Them

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

Mr. Zhang Builds His Dream Town

A singing workforce, Mongolian millionaires in Porsches, and saving the planet—inside the empire of a Chinese tycoon with more than money on his mind. [Web-only: "At Home With Mr. Zhang." A narrated slideshow.]

Religion & Faith

This is the thirteenth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary.


It’s His Party

Bush is fading. Bush Republicanism is here to stay.

No Forwarding Address

The disintegration of a Baghdad neighborhood

Primary Sources

The European baby bust; life on two dollars a day; the bovine menace

Leaving Iraq

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq

The Ten-Cent Solution

Cheap private schools are educating poor children across the developing world—but without much encouragement from the international aid establishment.

The Royal Oui?

A vote for France’s first female president may not deliver the political change the country wants.

One-Man Stan

Saparmurat Niyazov (1940–2006), the nuttiest despot


Of Rivals and Revivals

Britain vs. France through the ages

She’s Just Not That Into You

Women prefer food to sex with their husbands—and that’s OK.
Interviews: Joan Sewell talks about her new book, I'd Rather Eat Chocolate, and the politically incorrect reality that most married women just aren't that into sex


A review of Tales of Chekhov

East is East

A new history of Orientalism reveals the vagary and variety of the field—and the danger of declaring any area of inquiry off-limits.

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases: Mamet on Hollywood, murder in Chicago, Jane Smiley's latest, and more


The Constant Gardener

A visit to the home of the famed Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus [Web-only: "The Swedish Way." A narrated photo essay.]

Fat City

Banning trans fats probably makes sense from a public-health standpoint—but will the doughnut survive?

The Truth About Beauty

It is the same in the eye of every beholder.

Crash Insurance

New programs back up everything you do— in real time, online, and automatically.

Word Fugitives

Kind husbands; the land of iTunesia


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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