October 2007

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.

The Atlantic - October 2007

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Letters to the editor


“This Is Not Charity”

How Bill Clinton, Ira Magaziner, and a team of management consultants are creating new markets, reinventing philanthropy—and trying to save the world. [Web only: Slideshow: "The Clinton Effect."]

The Conscientious Investor

Socially responsible investing is neither as profitable nor as responsible as advertised. But if you insist, here’s how to do it right.

The Selfless Gene

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?
Interviews: Olivia Judson, author of "The Selfless Gene," discusses the evolutionary roots of altruism and fellow feeling

After Musharraf

What the future holds for Pakistan—and for America
Interviews: 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


Articles by Jane Addams, George Soros, and others on the art of giving.

Ideas and Consequences

Dispatches from the Aspen Ideas Festival


Commanding Heights

Has presidential power reached its zenith under Bush? Don’t bet on it.


TV writers feel the pinch; the boys of November; Clarence Thomas tells all

Primary Sources

The pirate polity; AK-47 alert; points for posture; the religiosity gender gap

Guantanamo's Shadow

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign policy authorities about the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Running Dry

The world’s most essential oil field may be in decline.

Beyond Belief

Some economists are beginning to doubt the benefits of free trade. What’s wrong with them?

Riders on the Storm

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?


Life in the Margins

Editor’s Choice: Finding the private lives of medieval men and women in the pages of their prayer books

Bowling Alone

The “greatest sports book ever written” is a mystery to Americans, for reasons all too revealing of national character.

Zuckerman Undone

In Philip Roth’s latest, the characters are treated with disregard—and the readers with something like contempt.

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases

Hidden Kingdom

Bhutan may be modernizing rapidly, but it’s still one of the most unspoiled places on Earth. [Web only: Slideshow: "A Happy Place."]

Simple Security

Protecting files and programs need not make you crazy—or even cost you a cent

About Facebook

By bringing order to the Web, Facebook could become as important to us as Google

Word Fugitives

Our cars, ourselves; affair-whether friends


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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