Jonathan Rauch reports on Bill Clinton's charitable foundation; Olivia Judson on the evolution of kindness; Henry Blodget on conscientious investing; Joshua Hammer on Pakistan after Musharraf; Christopher Hitchens reviews Philip Roth; James Fallows on protecting your files and programs; Michael Hirschorn sings the praises of Facebook; and much more.
Some economists are beginning to doubt the benefits of free trade. What’s wrong with them?
The world’s most essential oil field may be in decline.
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October 1 Thomas Speaks Up For a $1.5 million advance, Clarence Thomas, the most tight-lipped of Supreme Court justices (he spoke not a…
Has presidential power reached its zenith under Bush? Don’t bet on it.
Can meteorologists armed with supercomputers and a few tons of soot stop a hurricane from reaching the Gulf Coast? Can they stop it without getting sued?
This is the 19th in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine’s 150th anniversary.
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Protecting files and programs need not make you crazy—or even cost you a cent
By bringing order to the Web, Facebook could become as important to us as Google
In Philip Roth’s latest, the characters are treated with disregard—and the readers with something like contempt.
Bhutan may be modernizing rapidly, but it’s still one of the most unspoiled places on Earth.
When to go to Bhutan and how to sign up for treks
The “greatest sports book ever written” is a mystery to Americans, for reasons all too revealing of national character.
Editor’s Choice: Finding the private lives of medieval men and women in the pages of their prayer books
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Debating China’s Rise James Fallows asserts that because China’s rise has lifted millions of Chinese out of poverty while providing U.S.…
In your book, success. was a dirty word, fame. even dirtier, wealth. not to be uttered; the work was all that mattered. I took that to heart, I…
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Seeing the MGM lion roar, Lise complains she’s seen this show before. My father-in-law’s live-in caretaker, Haitian, tout douleur, She…
Socially responsible investing is neither as profitable nor as responsible as advertised. But if you insist, here’s how to do it right.
This July, for the third straight year, The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute co-hosted the Aspen Ideas Festival. What follows are excerpts from this year’s discussions, including Colin Powell on his attempt to avoid war with Iraq, Richard Branson on the dawn of private spaceflight, Thomas Friedman on why the world isn’t really going green, and Bill Clinton on whether he did enough to prevent 9/11.
What the future holds for Pakistan—and for America
It’s easy to see how evolution can account for the dark streaks in human nature—the violence, treachery, and cruelty. But how does it produce kindness, generosity, and heroism?
How Bill Clinton, Ira Magaziner, and a team of management consultants are creating new markets, reinventing philanthropy—and trying to save the world
The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign policy authorities about the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Joshua Hammer, author of "After Musharraf," talks with Atlantic senior editor Joy de Menil about Pakistan's future and its implications for the United States
Olivia Judson, author of "The Selfless Gene," discusses the evolutionary roots of altruism and fellow feeling