July/August 2007

James Fallows, "China Makes, the World Takes"; Adam Minter, "Keeping Faith"; Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press, "Superiority Complex"; a look at contemporary Chinese art; Virginia Postrel on Hollywood photographer George Hurrell; Christopher Hitchens reviews Ian McEwan; your father may not be who you think he is; Caitlin Flanagan on the dangers of MySpace; and much more.


China Makes, The World Takes

A look inside the world’s manufacturing center shows that America should welcome China’s rise—for now. [Web only: Slideshow: "Made in China."]

Keeping Faith

Jin Luxian’s 50-year struggle to keep Catholicism alive in China, balance Rome and Beijing, and build a Church for “100 million Catholics”
Interviews: Adam Minter, author of "Keeping Faith," discusses his article about Bishop Jin Luxian, the future of Catholicism in China, and life as a writer in Shanghai
Flashbacks: Articles from The Atlantic's archives illuminate the history of China's complex relationship with Christianity.

Superiority Complex

Why America’s growing nuclear supremacy may make war with China more likely

A Cultural Revolution

A portfolio of significant works from China's contemporary-art boom [Web only: Slideshow: "Visionaries From the New China."]

South of the Clouds

Laid-back and beautiful, Kunming is China’s “City of Eternal Spring.” [Web only: Slideshow: "Temples and Songbirds."]


This is the 17th in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary. For the full text of these articles, visit www.theatlantic.com/ideastour.

Paperback Writer

Harlan Coben’s work ethic, gift for plot twists, obsession with sales numbers, and careful brand management have made him a blockbuster novelist who earns millions of dollars per book. What it takes to succeed as a thriller writer—even when the literary establishment doesn’t acknowledge your existence
Media: From James Bond to Mary Higgins Clark, a collection of Atlantic pieces on mystery and thriller writing


Campaign Seasoning

Why early primaries will make for a better president


Marriage, Vegas-style; Harry Potter bows out; the United States of Africa

Snow Fall

Attacking cocaine at its source was meant to drive up prices, yet U.S. street dealers are selling it for less than ever.

Primary Sources

The great bison massacre; the lies kids tell; What, me narcissistic?

Saudi Arabia’s Rise?

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about Saudi Arabia and how it could shape the future of the Middle East.

Who’s Your Daddy?

Your father may not be who you think he is

Crises of Faith

America is becoming more secular; Europe is becoming more religious. Both trends could mean trouble.


His Second Act

Editor’s Choice: How Frank Sinatra staged the most spectacular comeback in American cultural history

Babes in the Woods

Anybody could be tracking your children online. Even me.

New Fiction

Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union

Think of England

Ian McEwan’s new novella evokes his homeland’s natural beauty and the straitened sexual manners of the early 1960s.

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases

Starlight and Shadow

George Hurrell’s brilliantly orchestrated photographs helped define Hollywood glamour in the 1930s.

The Rise of the Sardine

Will Cannery Row’s signature fish transcend its humble reputation to become a chef’s staple? It should.

Word Fugitives

Toeing the line; Oh, no, you dishn't!


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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