In This Issue
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General Halftrack's secretary isn't quite the girl she used to be
A Modern Whitman
"Radical, drug-inspired, pornographic, Allen Ginsberg's poetry has been available only in pamphlets and small-press editions. Now Harper and Row has issued Ginsberg's Collected Poems in a handsome trade edition"
What’s Wrong With Congress
Before Congress can lead the nation, it must be able to lead itself.
I. A Boring Way to Get Rich
Ii. A High-Risk Numbers Game
The Passion of Stephen Sondheim
Our Greatest Invisible Actor
The Heroes of Capitalism
What Good Is Arms Control?
The Cost of Servitude
The Fateful Alliance
Bright Lights, Big City
The Dark Brain of Piranesi
Corpse in a Gilded Cage
Miss Manners' Guide to Rearing Perfect Children
Karl Bodmer's America
The Sketchbooks of Hiroshige
The Atlantic Puzzler
The Atlantic: Reader-Service Information Center
Trade: The Opening of China
Medicine: Marketing an Operation
Coronary-bypass surgery ,a practitioner argues, is overused, ineffective, and absurdly expensive
Notes: Ms. Buxley?
General Halftrack’s secretary isn’t quite the girl she used to be
Turkey: From Anarchy to Modernity
A new economic order approved by the International Monetary Fund may save a struggling democracy
What You Personally Can Do About the Federal Deficit
Emperor of the Air
My Master Is My Purse
Ivan Boesky is the biggest winner in the dangerous game of risk arbitrage