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.

Agenda

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