June 2007

The Atlantic - June 2007

David Samuels, "Grand Illusions"; Ron Rosenbaum, "How to Trick an Online Scammer"; Brian Mockenhaupt, "The Army We Have"; Clive Crook on the lost American Dream; Virginia Postrel analyzes the color of your house; Mona Simpson assesses Primo Levi; Thomas Mallon on the JFK assassination; a new Saudi effort to deprogram terrorists; and much more.

Features

  • Grand Illusions

    With Rumsfeld and Powell gone, and Cheney’s power diminished, this is Condoleezza Rice’s moment. Can she salvage America’s standing in the Middle East—and defuse the threat of a nuclear Iran? Behind the curtain in Washington and Jerusalem with the secretary of state

    Interviews: David Samuels, author of "Grand Illusions," discusses his travels with Condoleezza Rice and her ambitious efforts to secure peace in the Middle East

    Interviews: Author David Samuels interviews former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, and George Schultz

  • The Army We Have

    To fight today’s wars with an all-volunteer force, the U.S. Army needs more quick-thinking, strong, highly disciplined soldiers. But creating warriors out of the softest, least-willing populace in generations has required sweeping changes in basic training.

    Interviews: Brian Mockenhaupt talks about the men and women who enter basic training today, and how the Army has adapted to meet their needs.

  • The Animal Kingdom

    This is the 16th in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary.

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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.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

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.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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