September 2007

Joshua Green on Karl Rove; Matthew Scully on Michael Gerson's careerist machinations; Robert D. Kaplan on the B-2 bomber; James Fallows on Macau; Clive Crook on Private Equity; B.R. Myers on the amoral gourmet; Christopher Hitchens on Edmund Wilson; Wayne Curtis visits the hippies of Guatemala; and much more.


The Rove Presidency

Karl Rove had the plan, the power, and the historic chance to remake American politics. What went wrong?
Interviews: Atlantic senior editor Joshua Green discusses Karl Rove's political fantasies and fatal mistakes.

Present at the Creation

The only person the speechwriter Michael Gerson made look better than President Bush was Michael Gerson. The shaping of a Washington reputation, as witnessed by a White House colleague

The Plane That Would Bomb Iran

Inside the cockpit and culture of the B-2, whose pilots may carry the greatest responsibility in the U.S. military today [Web only: Slideshow: "Spirit in the Sky."]

Macau’s Big Gamble

Even as foreign investors pour billions into ever-glitzier casinos, the tiny peninsula’s bid to become the Vegas of the Orient depends on China’s larger willingness to embrace transparency and the rule of law. [Web only: Slideshow: "The Many Faces of Macau."]


Articles on journalism by H.L. Mencken, Ralph Pulitzer, David Halberstam, Walter Lippmann, and James Fallows


Blue Period

Can the Democrats succeed where Karl Rove failed?


Air-guitar heroes; a Ukrainian grudge match; Noriega tastes freedom

Primary Sources

Blinded by zeros; prostitutes and their johns; a user's guide to nuclear devastation

Fatah and Hamas

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the struggle in the Palestinian territories.

Classify This

The Bush administration’s pathological hiding of information

Cashing Out

Is private equity just another bubble, or a sign of sickness in America’s public stock markets?
Interviews: Atlantic senior editor Clive Crook weighs in on the private-equity business—why it's booming, where it's headed, and what it means for American capitalism.


The Other Elizabeth Taylor

Editor’s Choice: The late English writer is overdue for the recognition and readers she deserves.

Hard to Swallow

The gourmet’s ongoing failure to think in moral terms

The King Is Dead

With his extravagant designs, Paul Poiret ruled the world of fashion—until modern simplicity did him in.

Literary Companion

How Edmund Wilson made the labor of criticism into an art

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases

The Grateful Living

Old hippies and New Agers commune along the shores of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán. [Web only: Slideshow: "On the Shores of Lake Atitlán."]

The Secret of the Irish Scone

At Camp Bread, in San Francisco, a baker rehabilitates one of the most frequently abused members of the pastry family.

Beautiful Minds

On television shows like CSI and Numb3rs, scientists are still weird—but a geeky glamour has replaced the old stereotypes.

Quirked Around

The unbearable lightness of Ira Glass, Wes Anderson, and other paragons of indie sensibility

Word Court

The art of ant eating; another N word


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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