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Matthew Teague, "Double Blind"; James Bamford, "Big Brother Is Listening"; Robert D. Kaplan, "The Coming Normalcy?"; Carl Elliott, "The Drug Pushers"; Christopher Hitchens on "James Bond"; James Fallows on Camera Phones; Ross Douthat on Newt Gingrich's return; and much more.
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Whatever else the American occupation of Iraq may be, it serves as a laboratory for ideas about how to wring stability out of chaos—the great foreign-policy challenge of the twenty-first century
As America turns its health-care system over to the market, pharmaceutical reps are wielding more and more influence—and the line between them and doctors is beginning to blur
Atlantic writings by Henry Demarest Lloyd, John Maynard Keynes, John Kenneth Galbraith, Peter Drucker, and others.
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George W. Bush threatens creeping autocracy unless Congress and the courts act jointly—and forcefully—to stop him
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Lynn Swann's run for governor shows why political pros are big fans of star athletes
Nigeria's president and onetime hope for a stable future is leading his country toward implosion—and possible U.S. military intervention
The former speaker of the House is looking for a second act. Will he get it?
Another problem for Pakistan; the teachers nobody wants; why you can't trust what you read; unhappier by the dozen?
Fever, by Peter Richmond; Upon the Altar of the Nation, by Harry S. Stout; Scars of War, Wounds of Peace, by Shlomo Ben-Ami; Barrier by Isabel Kershner
Ian Fleming, the man behind James Bond, was a sadist, a narcissist, and a pervert. But he also saw past the confines of the Cold War
Abide With Me, by Elizabeth Strout
A selective investigation of recent mysteries and thrillers
In defense of the last writer in the world who needs defending
High Lonesome: Stories 1966-2006, by Joyce Carol Oates
Elements of Style, by Wendy Wasserstein
A new version of War and Peace seeks naturalism through slang
Edifying or entertaining sacred texts you’ve never read
A guide to current releases
A hike along Hadrian's Wall—and through the mists of time
Heirloom poultry is poised to become “the other red meat”—if fears about avian flu don’t keep people away
Cameras and telephones are coming together—and bringing people together—in ways that can shape society
Michael Wharton (1913–2006)
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