Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg is the editor in chief of The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More +
  • The Heads of State

    The American Crisis

    Amid assaults against the press and the rise of technology, democracy is in a fragile state. Can it overcome the challenges it faces?

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    Introducing The Atlantic’s Ideas Section

    A new destination for incisive and intelligent analysis, essays, and commentary

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    John McCain Would Have Passed the Anne Frank Test

    The senator spent decades demonstrating his willingness to fight powerful men who abused powerless people.

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    Donald Trump’s Mafia Mind-Set

    Listening to a legendary American mobster and hearing the president of the United States

  • Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

    A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’

    The president believes that the United States owes nothing to anyone—especially its allies.

  • Brian Snyder / Reuters

    John McCain’s Greatest Fear

    A conversation with Mark Salter about the core tenet of the senator’s worldview: Always speak up. Especially in Donald Trump’s America.

  • Amir Levy / Reuters

    Saudi Crown Prince: Iran's Supreme Leader 'Makes Hitler Look Good'

    In a wide-ranging conversation, Prince Mohammed bin Salman also recognized the Jewish people’s right to “their own land.”

  • Minkyung Lee

    Introducing The Atlantic's Family Section

    A new hub for coverage of American life, from the viewpoint of its most basic unit

  • Hank Willis Thomas*

    The Chasm Between Racial Optimism and Reality

    Five decades after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., equality, for many, remains a distant dream.

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    We Want to Hear From You

    Introducing The Atlantic’s new Letters section

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    Trump's Tweets Are a 'Narnian Wardrobe to His Lizard Brain'

    A conversation with the writer Jonah Goldberg about dysfunction on the right and why the president of the United States can’t stop tweeting about Hillary Clinton.

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    A Half a Dozen Battles

    Journalism in America is in perilous shape, and independence is more important than ever.

  • Announcing The Masthead, a Membership Program From The Atlantic

    Last month, we told subscribers about a major project we are, today, launching to the public: The Atlantic’s first-ever membership program.

    This morning, as the project—called The Masthead—goes live, I wanted to write you to explain why I think this is so important, and why I hope that you become a founding member of this endeavor.

    I have several main goals as The Atlantic’s editor in chief. The first, and of course most urgent, is to argue for the importance of fact-driven journalism at a time when the president of the United States has declared the press to be the enemy of the American people. My next three goals are related to the first: to make sure we publish journalism that honors our history; to guarantee, by extension, that we provide you, our readers, with journalism that helps you become more informed; and finally, to ensure that The Atlantic, which celebrates its 160th birthday this November, will reach its bicentennial year as a thriving, self-sustaining business with global reach and clear purpose.

    I come from a print background, but I believe that for our journalism to thrive, it should appear on as many platforms as possible. Our founders—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and other eminences of their day—had only one vehicle for sharing their ideas: the printed journal. Today, The Atlantic manifests itself in print, in digital, in video, in live events, and in podcasts.

    And now comes a new platform, one that will provide you with direct access to our best writers and thinkers. Our goal is to build a closer relationship with you, one in which you help inform our coverage; one in which we seek answers to your most pressing questions about the world; one in which we put our newsroom to work delivering you insights and analysis about the issues you care about most.

    I am asking you today to become a founding member of The Masthead. You will not only receive some of our best journalism, written exclusively for our members; you will be directly underwriting The Atlantic’s future. I believe this is a worthy project, launching at a moment rife with challenges for independent journalism. Please join us in this next adventure.

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    The Autocratic Element

    Can America recover from the Trump administration?

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    Emirati Ambassador: Qatar Is a Destructive Force in the Region

    Yousef al-Otaiba on the Gulf crisis and the future of the Middle East

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    Why Won't Trump Call Out Radical White Terrorism?

    It is precisely at moments like this that an American president should speak up directly on behalf of the American creed.

  • Welcome to Radio Atlantic, Our First Podcast

    It was the best four bucks The Atlantic ever spent.

    In late 1861, a New England abolitionist named Julia Ward Howe, moved by the sight of thousands of blue coats massing outside Washington, D.C., wrote a martial and stirring poem that placed God on the side of the Union cause. She sent her poem to James T. Fields, the editor of The Atlantic. He agreed to publish it, and he paid her $4 for her effort. The poem had no name, so Fields, a full-service editor, devised one himself. In February 1862, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” appeared on the front cover of the magazine.

    Over the next century and a half, The Atlantic would publish in profusion Nobel Prize winners and presidents, the greatest novelists, and the most brilliant essayists. But for those of us lucky enough to be stewards of the modern-day Atlantic, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” somehow stands apart. It is, as our executive editor, Matt Thompson, says, our theme song. So it only seemed right that we would use this theme song as the music for our first podcast, Radio Atlantic, which launches today.

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    Still Innovating, 160 Years On

    The Atlantic’s new homepage allows us to showcase more of our best journalism at once.

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    Editor’s Note: A Reporter’s Final Story

    Alex Tizon struggled to write about Lola, the woman who helped raise him. He was 11 before he realized she was his family’s slave.

  • How The Atlantic Began

    The following was sent to magazine and Daily subscribers via email to mark the anniversary of The Atlantic’s conception. Subscribe to the magazine here, and sign up for the Daily here.

    On May 5, 1857, a group of Boston Brahmins gathered for dinner at the Parker House Hotel and decided to create a new magazine, one that would make politics, literature, and the arts its chief concerns. These men, united in their opposition to slavery, their love of American writing, and their tripartite names, included such eminences as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and James Russell Lowell. They did not set out to exclude women from the gathering; Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, was invited, but she boycotted the dinner when she learned that alcohol would be served.

    A plan for this new magazine was set. The question of a name soon arose. Oliver Wendell Holmes, another of the founders, proposed “The Atlantic,” to convey the notion that an immense ocean would separate this New World journal from its cousins in the Old. A manifesto was written, one that made ambitious promises: In politics, The Atlantic would be “the organ of no party or clique, but will honestly endeavor to be the exponent of what its conductors believe to be the American idea,” and it would bring to the attention of the reading public the newest and most interesting American writers. The manifesto was signed by, among others, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and yes, “Mrs. H. Beecher Stowe.”

    In November of 1857, the first issue of this magazine was published, and we have never stopped publishing. And since its founding, this magazine has published everyone from the aforementioned Hawthorne (who served as the magazine’s Civil War correspondent) to Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman; from Robert Frost and Helen Keller to W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington; from Emily Dickinson and Virginia Woolf to Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Plath, to a raft of future presidents—Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson and JFK—and on to the great writers of today, too many to even begin mentioning.

    We know that the America of today would be unrecognizable to the founders of this magazine, but my hope is that they would take quickly to today’s Atlantic. They would recognize in our journalism the stringent application of intelligence and analytic rigor to the great problems of the day; the devotion to the explication of not only the American idea, but also the nature of an unsettled world; and a great love of literature and culture in all of its manifestations—“the whole domain of aesthetics,” in the words of the founding manifesto. I believe that the founders would be able to locate these values in our print magazine, on our website, at our events, and in our documentaries. (I also believe that they would be confused by our Instagram account.)

    Today, on the 160th anniversary of the conception of The Atlantic, I write to thank our readers and subscribers for their support. To those of you who are not yet subscribers, I ask you to join our great adventure.