Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.
The GOP’s future looks a lot like the Democratic Party’s past—the question is, which past?
The national memory often confuses hubris with greatness. That’s good news for George W. Bush.
A sweeping new social history portrays Richard Nixon as the president his fratricidal country deserved—and perhaps the best we could have hoped for.
How the Iraq War and George W. Bush sent the movie industry back to its favorite era—the 1970s
Sailing, swimming, and sipping nightcaps with William F. Buckley Jr.
America is becoming more secular; Europe is becoming more religious. Both trends could mean trouble.
Mapping the human genome wasn’t enough. Now Craig Venter is trying to create a microbe that will free us from our addiction to oil.
Who are the most influential figures in American history? The Atlantic recently asked ten eminent historians. The result was The Atlantic’s Top 100—and some insight into the nature of influence and the contingency of history. Was Walt Disney really more influential than Elizabeth Cady Stanton? Benjamin Spock than Richard Nixon? Elvis Presley than Lewis and Clark? John D. Rockefeller than Bill Gates? Babe Ruth than Frank Lloyd Wright? Let the debates begin.
The former speaker of the House is looking for a second act. Will he get it?
A less violent world; why black mothers may be better off unwed; one (very good) reason to resist early retirement
Will Saudi Arabia's Shiites remain docile?; Europe's dim view (quelle surprise!) of the United States; new doctors as menaces; the fairer, cleaner sex
Post-Gaza Israel; the travails of black cabbies; the (continuing) migration of the Electoral College; how to spot a spy
Not if society and colleges keep failing to distinguish between wealth and merit
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