James Fallows on the golden environmental opportunity represented by smoggy Beijing; Joshua Green on how Silicon Valley made Barack Obama this year's hottest start-up; an instructor at a "college of last resort" explains why the idea that a university education is for everyone is a destructive myth; Gregg Easterbrooks warns of the disturbingly likely possibility of an asteroid or meteor strike; Stephan Faris weighs the efficacy of climate-change litigation; Caitlin Flanagan on Barbara Walters; and much more.
Why smoggy skies over Beijing represent the world’s greatest environmental opportunity
How Silicon Valley made Barack Obama this year’s hottest start-up
How would Obama’s success in online campaigning translate into governing?
The idea that a university education is for everyone is a destructive myth. An instructor at a “college of last resort” explains why.
The national memory often confuses hubris with greatness. That’s good news for George W. Bush.
Spies like us; naked biking; schismatics in Jerusalem; iPhones lose their cool
Emboldening the enemy; carry more cash; socially green; GPS gets lost
Can better highways save Afghanistan?
How an early gaffe and an excruciatingly long primary season helped Barack Obama find a distinctive voice on foreign affairs
Climate-change litigation is heating up. Will the legal strategy that brought down Big Tobacco work against Big Oil?
Editor’s Choice: A panoramic new history brilliantly mixes the seismic and the everyday.
Barbara Walters got the story by giving her subjects what they wanted.
A blinkered and besotted account of Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential campaign succumbs to the erotic entanglements of biography.
The enduring, untamable appeal of Saki's short stories
A guide to additional releases: the real Jack London; Britain's favorite blood sport; Bolshevism at its birth; and more
Plurals at the Pentagon; identifying flying objects