An oral history of the craziest presidential election in modern history
Alaric the Goth wanted to be part of the empire. Instead he helped bring it down.
On the occasion of this year’s Hitchens Prize, a look back at tributes to Christopher Hitchens by Atlantic writers at the time of his death
It’s easy to forget how unforeseeable the “unforeseeable” really is.
His racism and intolerance have always been in evidence; only slowly did he begin to understand how to use them to his advantage.
Richard Todd was an editor at The Atlantic in the 1970s and ’80s. He died in April.
Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton became the first president to be impeached since Andrew Johnson, in 1868. We offer a recounting by people who played a role.
A cache of letters sheds light on the final days of a Nazi holed up in Italy after World War II.
The conflicts change, but the factors influencing the quality of the coverage—including ignorance, confusion, and competition—stay consistent.
The new science of interrogation is not, in fact, so new at all: “extraordinary rendition” and “enhanced interrogation” and “waterboarding” all spring directly from the practices of the medieval Roman Catholic Church. The distance, in both technique and ideology, between the Inquisition’s interrogation regime and 21st-century America’s is uncomfortably short—and provides a chilling harbinger of what can happen when moral certainty gets yoked to the machinery of torture.
In the footsteps of the last Roman emperor
Highlights of a “Fall of Rome Tour”
Hadrian's Wall, which demarked Roman Britain's northern boundary, still marches across the rugged landscape—and through the mists of time
An unauthorized preview, with never-before -seen drawings of the interior
Behavior modification gets down to business
Huey Long's aspiration—"Every man a king!"—is at last within our grasp
Some say that liberals and conservatives need to build bridges of understanding. Drawbridges might be better
The art of the unreal
The impulse behind everything
Old science doesn't die ...