Contents | March 2002


The Atlantic Monthly | March 2002
 
In This Issue

 
ontradictory and manipulative, boorish and inebriated—Winston Churchill the man bears little resemblance to the heroic figure of legend. Christopher Hitchens ("The Medals of His Defeats") surveys the growing body of revisionist literature and finds that only one facet of Churchill's reputation survives intact—but it is a very big facet. Hitchens, who writes for Vanity Fair and The Nation, is the author of Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere (2000) and The Trial of Henry Kissinger (2001).

The marriage of computer and social science is offering surprising insights into a range of societal ills—from the near inevitability of segregated neighborhoods to the dynamics of genocide. Jonathan Rauch ("Seeing Around Corners") explores this emerging study of artificial societies. Rauch is a correspondent for The Atlantic, a senior writer and columnist for National Journal, and a writer-in-residence at The Brookings Institution. His most recent book is Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working (1999).

Phyllis Rose ("Dances With Daffodils") is a professor of English at Wesleyan University and the author of numerous critical works and biographies, including Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages (1983) and The Year of Reading Proust: A Memoir in Real Time (1997).

Previously unpublished transcripts of White House tapes reveal the reaction of Richard Nixon and his aides in 1971 when they discovered that they had become targets of espionage—by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. James Rosen ("Nixon and the Chiefs") is a White House correspondent for Fox News. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Harper's, and National Review. His article in this issue arose out of research for a biography of Attorney General John Mitchell.

Trevor Corson ("Stalking the American Lobster") spent two years working full-time on lobster boats off the coast of Maine, where he watched his fellow lobstermen bring in the largest hauls in history. Corson was for three years the managing editor of Transition, an international review of politics, culture, and ethnicity.

A. S. Byatt ("Raw Material") is the author of numerous books, including Possession, which won the 1990 Booker Prize; Babel Tower (1996); and The Biographer's Tale (2001).

The novelist Amy Bloom ("Conservative Men in Conservative Dresses") accompanies a group of couples on a special cruise—a cruise for men who are cross-dressers and the wives who indulge them. Bloom has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her article in this issue will appear in somewhat different form in her forthcoming book, Normal, to be published in September by Random House.

This month in The Agenda: The Atlantic's editor, Michael Kelly, considers the historical quest for the "ideal war"; David Brooks reveals his four finalists for what will become the defining issue of the twenty-first century; Judge Richard A. Posner takes a controversial stand on the recent outbreak of plagiarism; Randall Kennedy, a professor of law at Harvard University, observes the parallels between racial profiling and affirmative action; Walter Russell Mead, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, makes a "case against Europe"; James Fallows looks back at a sudden change of strategy in the air war in Afghanistan; P. J. O'Rourke draws a counterintuitive lesson from the Enron scandal; and Eamonn Fingleton, who writes on economics from Tokyo, explains why the United States should pay attention to something it has forgotten all about—the trade deficit.

Travelers keen to visit Cambodia's ancient monuments no longer have to rough it, reports Jamie James ("The Splendor of Angkor"). James, a veteran traveler in Southeast Asia, has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The American Scholar, and Condé Nast Traveler. His first novel, Andrew and Joey, was published in February.

Jeff Spurrier ("A Generation of Gidgets") explains how the macho culture of American surfing is being challenged by a new generation of female surfers, who are bringing the sport back to its roots. Spurrier teaches journalism at California State University at Los Angeles.

In this month's installment of Palate at Large Corby Kummer ("Fore Street"), an Atlantic senior editor, pays a visit to a revamped warehouse overlooking Maine's Casco Bay, where chef Sam Hayward turns the spit.

David Schiff ("Conducting: A Backwoods Guide") describes the quiet rigors of a summer camp for conductors in Maine. Schiff, a composer and a professor of music at Reed College, is a frequent contributor to The Atlantic. His clarinet concerto, Canti di Davide, had its world premiere in Norfolk, Virginia, last October, with the clarinetist David Shifrin and the Virginia Symphony.

Christina Schwarz ("A Magnificent Misfit") reviews Bad Blood, the winningly odd memoir of the late Lorna Sage, one of Britain's most admired women of letters. Schwarz is the author of Drowning Ruth (2000). Her second novel, All Is Vanity, will be published in the fall.


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