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 Voorhes

    The Autocratic Element

    Can America recover from the Trump administration?

  • Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Emirati Ambassador: Qatar Is a Destructive Force in the Region

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

  • Joshua Roberts / Reuters

    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.

  • The Atlantic

    Still Innovating, 160 Years On

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

  • Betty Udesen / 'The Seattle Times'

    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.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    The Obama Doctrine, R.I.P.

    Under pressure to respond to Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Trump reached for the same playbook that his predecessor resisted opening.

  • Elena Olivo / The Atlantic

    Buffett and Gates: America Is Already Great, Thanks to Immigrants

    Two of the world’s three richest people extol the virtue, and relevance, of optimism in the age of Trump—and predict a comeback for fact-based discourse.

  • Carlos Barria / Reuters

    'Even a Shining City on a Hill Needs Walls': Senator Tom Cotton

    A Republican hawk acclimates to the Trump presidency—and threatens to reconsider the One China policy.

  • Pete Souza / White House

    Obama, Race, and America’s Future

    In difficult times, the work of explaining America to itself and the world becomes ever more crucial.

  • Prensa Latina / Reuters

    Fidel Knew the 'Cuban Model' Couldn't Last Forever

    When I spent a week with Fidel, a dictator who outlasted 10 American presidents, and who nearly outlasted an 11th, I found a man who sensed that change was coming, and that the Cuban system would not last forever.

  • Frederick M. Brown / Getty

    What Gwen Ifill Knew About Race in America

    “If I weren’t a better person … I swear, I would worry about our lovely nation,” she once told me.

  • Win McNamee / Getty

    The Lessons of Henry Kissinger

    The legendary and controversial statesman criticizes the Obama Doctrine, talks about the main challenges for the next president, and explains how to avoid war with China.

  • John Duricka / AP

    World Chaos and World Order: Conversations With Henry Kissinger

    The former secretary of state reflects on war, peace, and the biggest tests facing the next president.

  • KCNA / Reuters

    Donald Trump and the Threat of Nuclear War

    The single most important question in this campaign: Which candidate is better equipped to manage the North Korean threat without triggering catastrophe?

  • The Unbearable Smallness of Benjamin Netanyahu, Cont'd

    Last week, I posted a piece that contrasted the dreams, records, and dispositions of the late Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Israel’s current prime minister. The piece, under the headline “The Unbearable Smallness of Benjamin Netanyahu,” prompted a fair degree of fury on the part of Netanyahu’s aides, and from what I’ve been told, Netanyahu himself. The prime minister’s spokesman, David Keyes, sent us, through the Israeli embassy in Washington, the following response—he sent it on Rosh Hashanah, in fact. I’m posting it today, in full, without any of my commentary:

    The Unbearable Misunderstanding of Goldberg

    By David Keyes

    Jeffrey Goldberg’s article “The Unbearable Smallness of Netanyahu” blames Prime Minister Netanyahu for stymieing peace, paralyzing pessimism, alienating Americans, scapegoating Arabs, misplaying Iran and fetishizing fear.

    Big claims. None of them true.

    Implicit in Goldberg’s piece is the assumption that the Israeli people must be stupid or naive. Why else would they keep voting for someone Goldberg considers such a short-sighted fear-monger?

  • Reuters

    The Unbearable Smallness of Benjamin Netanyahu

    With the death of Shimon Peres, Israel has lost its chief optimist. And the prime minister remains paralyzed by pessimism.

  • Larry Downing / Getty

    Getting Bill Out of the House

    If Hillary Clinton takes office, her best adviser in mediating Israel and Palestine’s century-old conflict might be the man who came closest to doing it before.

  • Denis Sinyakov / Reuters

    It's Official: Hillary Clinton Is Running Against Vladimir Putin

    Fulfilling what might be the Russian autocrat’s dearest wish, Trump has openly questioned whether the U.S. should keep its commitments to NATO.