Jeffrey Goldberg offers a look inside the mind of John McCain; Ross Douthat assesses the relationship between porn and adultery; James Fallows tells the story of two businessman who sought to modernize rural China; Mark Bowden on Football; Andrew Bacevich on the counterinsurgency; Christopher Hitchens on Philip Roth; Jed Perl on the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Wayne Curtis pays a visit to Anne of Green Gables; and much more.
Iraq-style counterinsurgency is fast becoming the U.S. Army’s organizing principle. Is our military preparing to fight the next war, or the last one?
Prosecuting the war in Afghanistan from provincial capitals has been disastrous; we need to turn our military strategy inside out.
Why we love celebrities; sleepless soldiers; Pakistan's policing problems
What to watch for in the weeks ahead
Is wind the new ethanol?
Can Republicans find a way to compete on the Web?
A guide to additional releases
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Prince Edward Island has stunning beaches, expansive vistas—and the bizarre, fascinating mix of fact and fiction known as “Anne’s Land.”
The narrator of Roth’s Indignation may die off early and horribly—but it’s the reader of this adolescent work who ought to feel the most outraged.
When bakers break up, who gets custody of the recipes?
Unlike most modern museum directors, Philippe de Montebello trusted the public to embrace his high standards—and it did.
Editor’s Choice: The new “white people” are bigoted, but not the way you think—or they’ll admit.
Our election blogger’s scrapbook: grilling pork, frisking suspects, spinning the press, and other Kodak moments from the campaign trail
A look back at how Atlantic bloggers have covered the election in real time
The GOP’s future looks a lot like the Democratic Party’s past—the question is, which past?
Reflecting on the campaign of 1800, the popular biographer James Parton once noted in our pages that what he called the Campaign Lie, though not…
Excerpts from The Atlantic’s campaign coverage
We called five historians and political scientists to ask them which presidential election this one most resembles. Here’s what they said.
Can Obama rally the young? Is McCain still a maverick? Are the Clintons finished? Our experts challenge the assumptions that have shaped the campaign.
With demography on its side, the emerging Democratic majority is about to arrive.
Our Brains on Google Nicholas Carr (“Is Google Making Us Stupid?,” July/August Atlantic) put into words the unease I’ve felt since the…
Audio: Hear Billy Collins read this poem aloud. I recall someone once admitting. that all he remembered of Anna Karenina. was something about a…
Made by Egan, in Dublin ca. 1804–1841 Big golden harps make me think of angels, But here’s one, only as tall as my knee. I kneel down to…
How the greatest game in football history looks 50 years later, through the eyes of a modern NFL head coach
It may be closer than you think.
Two idealistic Taiwanese businessmen happened into the most rural part of China and thought: Let’s bring it from the 15th century to the 21st.
John McCain believes the Vietnam War was winnable. Now he argues that an Obama administration would accept defeat in Iraq, with grave costs to American honor and national security. Is McCain’s quest for victory a reflection of an antiquated pre-Vietnam mind-set? Or of a commitment to principles we abandon at our peril? Is there any war McCain thinks can’t be won?
Casanova’s first orgasm, Hitler’s famous mustache, Bob Hope’s last jokes: for every thing, there is a season. Herewith a compilation of great moments in precocity, endurance, and procrastination, organized instructively by age
Illustration by Greg Clarke What would be a good word for things like ATMs or drugstores “that seem ubiquitous when you aren’t looking for them…
An Atlantic chronicle of the campaign so far, with commentary by Joshua Green, Marc Ambinder, Ross Douthat, Matthew Yglesias, and others.
Mark Bowden discusses the legendary Giants-Colts game of 1958 and reflects on how the sport and its players have changed in the past half century.
Ross Douthat discusses pornography, prostitution, the pixel-versus-flesh binary, and the strange moral dynamics of a national addiction.
Writings from 1860 to the present on campaigns, candidates, and presidential elections, with contributions by James Russell Lowell, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., P.J. O'Rourke, and others.