Joshua Green on Timothy Geithner's rise, Robert D. Kaplan on whether General McChrystal can save Afghanistan, Michael Kinsley on inflation, Jonathan Rauch on caring for his father, James Parker on hospital drama, and more
The story of Timothy Geithner’s rise is one of hard work, bureaucratic mastery, and the culmination of a 40-year evolution in Democratic thinking about finance. His experience made him indispensable to saving the economy—and quite possibly the wrong person to reform it.
His elderly father insisted that he could manage by himself. But he couldn’t. The author found himself utterly unprepared for one of life’s near certainties—the decline of a parent. Millions of middle-aged Americans, he discovered, are silently struggling to cope with a crisis that needs to be plucked from the realm of the personal and brought into full public view.