October 2008

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.


The Wars of John McCain

Is there any war McCain thinks can’t be won?

How the West Was Wired

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. [Web-only: Slideshow: China's Wild West narrated by James Fallows]

Innocence and Experience

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

Distant Replay

How the greatest game in football history looks 50 years later, through the eyes of a modern NFL head coach
Interviews: 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.

Is Pornography Adultery?

It may be closer than you think.
Interviews: Ross Douthat discusses pornography, prostitution, the pixel-versus-flesh binary, and the strange moral dynamics of a national addiction.

The Atlantic's 2008 Presidential Election Campaign Supplement

An Atlantic chronicle of the campaign so far, with commentary by Joshua Green, Marc Ambinder, Ross Douthat, Matthew Yglesias, and others.
From the Archives: 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.


The Petraeus Doctrine

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?


What to watch for in the weeks ahead

Primary Sources

Why we love celebrities; sleepless soldiers; Pakistan's policing problems


Is wind the new ethanol?

Planting the Rightroots

Can Republicans find a way to compete on the Web?

All Counterinsurgency Is Local

Prosecuting the war in Afghanistan from provincial capitals has been disastrous; we need to turn our military strategy inside out.


Intolerant Chic

Editor’s Choice: The new “white people” are bigoted, but not the way you think—or they’ll admit.

The Man Who Remade the Met

Unlike most modern museum directors, Philippe de Montebello trusted the public to embrace his high standards—and it did.

Nasty, Brutish, and Short

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.

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases

Land of Green Gables

[Web-only: Slideshow: Anne's Land narrated by Wayne Curtis]

Half a Loaf

When bakers break up, who gets custody of the recipes?


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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