How America Is Putting Itself Back Together, Ad Placement <Microsoft>, The Math Revolution, and more...

This Month from The Atlantic

March 2016

James Fallows uncovers the strength in America, an attempted coup in the Gambia, the teenagers fluent in high-order math, why we still miss John Stewart, and much more

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How America Is Putting Itself Back Together

Most people in the U.S. believe their country is going to hell. But they’re wrong. What a three-year journey by single-engine plane reveals about reinvention and renewal.

James Fallows


The Math Revolution

The number of American teens who excel at advanced math has surged. Why?

Peg Tyre

'Let’s Go Take Back Our Country'

What happened when 11 exiles armed themselves for a violent night in the Gambia

Stuart A. Reid

A Free-Market Plan to Save the American West From Drought

A maverick investor is buying up water rights. Will he rescue a region, or just end up hurting the poor?

Abrahm Lustgarten and ProPublica

Where Have You Gone, Annie Dillard?

Why the author has become so much less prolific over the past 17 years

William Deresiewicz


Why Attacking ISIS Won’t Make Americans Safer

U.S. presidential candidates are steering the country toward a terror trap.

Peter Beinart

Can This Man Save U.S. Soccer?

How one teacher is attempting to train a generation of globally competitive players--starting with their coaches.

Amanda Ripley

What China Could Learn From Richard Nixon

The country’s growth is slowing. The wrong response might make the problem worse.

Sebastian Mallaby

People Are Pretty Bad at Reading Faces

Why humans are quick to judge expressions—and often get them wrong

Naomi Sharp

The Future of Fraud-Busting

New technology that could stop scams before they happen

Maria Konnikova

Tying Paris Back Together

The French capital has embarked on the most ambitious new subway project in the Western world.

Henry Grabar

Big in China: Over-the-Top Marriage Proposals

The high stakes and high price of popping the question

Robert Foyle Hunwick

Off With Their Beards!

A very short book excerpt

Christopher Oldstone-Moore

The Culture File

Missing Jon Stewart

Thenew Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, is smooth and charming, but he hasn’t found his edge.

James Parker

A. O. Scott, Critic Without a Cause

The New York Times film writer has a take on everything but says nothing.

Leon Wieseltier

How Ex-Communists Shaped American Conservatism

A new book looks at the leftist origins of the rabid right.

Sam Tanenhaus

The Elusive Maggie Thatcher

Why novelists can’t seem to get her right

Leo Robson

The Struggles of the Woman Behind 'Battle Hymn of the Republic'

A short review of The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe

Ann Hulbert