October 2004

In This Issue

James Fallows, "Bush's Lost Year"; Peter Bergen, "The Long Hunt for Osama"; Sridhar Pappu, "The Crusader"; Ian Frazier, "If Memory Doesn't Serve"; Jonathan Rauch, "Divided We Stand"; Michelle Cottle, "The X Factor"; P. J. O'Rourke, "To Hell With Lipitor!"; Graham Allison, "Tick, Tick, Tick"; fiction by Christopher Buckley; and much more.

Features

Bush's Lost Year

By deciding to invade Iraq, the Bush Administration decided not to do many other things: not to reconstruct Afghanistan, not to deal with the threats posed by North Korea and Iran, and not to wage an effective war on terror. An inventory of opportunities lost

The Long Hunt for Osama

Where has he been? How did we ever let him get away? Our correspondent—one of the few Western journalists ever to have met Osama bin Laden—traces the al-Qaeda leader's footsteps in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and describes the sometimes hapless American pursuit

The Crusader

Eliot Spitzer, the attorney general of New York, has risen to national prominence by emulating Teddy Roosevelt and fearlessly taking on powerful interests. His aggressiveness has made him a lot of enemies—but it may propel him to the governor's mansion and beyond

The Big Picture

Our annual survey of the admissions landscape uncovered recent and upcoming changes to the process, growing concern about tuition increases, and serious questions about whether colleges are fulfilling their mission

Who Needs Harvard?

The pressure on smart kids to get into top schools has never been higher. But the differences between these schools and the next tier down have never been smaller

The Third Way

Liberal arts or a professional education? More and more students are choosing to combine elements of both. A leading proponent describes the emerging trend he calls "practice-oriented education"

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