Our fortified bubble in Baghdad is a microcosm of America—and of what has gone wrong in Iraq
In This Issue
William Langewiesche, "Welcome to the Green Zone"; Joshua Green, "Karl Rove in a Corner"; Walter Kirn, "American Everyman"; Sridhar Pappu, "The Queen of Tween"; Ben Birnbaum, "Crayola Nation"; Robert D. Kaplan, "The Media and the Military"; P. J. O'Rourke, "Foreign Leaders and Kerry"; Chuck Todd, "After the Fall"; fiction by Nicolas Pizzolatto; and much more.
Teal and periwinkle America
Karl Rove is at his most formidable when running close races, and his skills would be notable even if he used no extreme methods. But use them he does
Warren Buffett's billions are the least interesting thing about him. It's Buffett the symbol that matters now
They are the very models of the modern chief executive
Last spring Anne Sweeney took charge of a "mess" of a network—ABC—that was buried in the ratings. Can a woman whose background is children's cable programming save a broadcast network with a history of management problems? To do so, she may just have to reinvent the television business
"Hello, my name is Joe. I am a CEO, and I am learning to listen and validate those around me." How executive coaching, philanthropic advising, and other specialized services help the modern—and newly self-examining—CEO get through the day
A poetry anthology
Coach and I are driving to Los Angeles to kidnap his daughter
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What will happen to the losing party after the election?
American reporters would shudder to think that they harbor class prejudice—but they do
A talk-show host on al-Jazeera targets those he believes are the worst enemies the Arabs have: themselves
Do they really like him? Here's what they—or, anyway, people—tell me
With theologians at the center of terrorist strategy, "forensic theology" is rapidly becoming a valuable intelligence tool
Gifts George W. Bush couldn't turn down
Promoting "Brand America"
As elections near, partisans always invoke a threat to the "balance" of the Court. But the real peril isn't ideology—it's blandness
Down days for political scions.
There's a way to raise student achievement that's sensible, cheap, and ridiculously straightforward. It'll probably go nowhere
The federal budget—an explanation
Why married men earn more money; Why "Dave" is sexier than "Paul"; the coming real-estate crash; does the Times best-seller list matter?
The Rural Face of White Supremacy by Mark Schultz; Israel on the Appomatox by Melvin Patrick Ely; Picturing Faith by Colleen McDannell; Conjectures of Order by Michael O'Brien
P. G. Wodehouse was a very advanced case of arrested development. Lucky for us
Philip Roth has conjured up an alternative America—but fantasy is the wrong form for a writer uncannily able to find real life fantastic
Great novels improved (in some specific way) by their screen versions
Her latest novel isn't her best work, but it illuminates the novels that are
The impulse behind everything
"What to Do With German Prisoners: The American Muddle"
Everyone knows about the looting of Iraq's museums during last year's war. What almost no one knows is that most of the museums' holdings had been stolen and sold years before—and not by mobs of Iraqis off the street
William A. Mitchell (1911-2004)
A selective index to this month's issue
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What to watch for in the weeks ahead