May 2006

In This Issue

Mark Bowden, "The Desert One Debacle"; Jason Fagone, "Horsemen of the Esophagus"; Franklin Foer, "The Talented Mr. Chavez"; James Fallows, "Tinfoil Underwear"; Allen Barra on NFL scouting; Corby Kummer on Spanish food; Sandra Tsing Loh blasts the Mommy Wars; and much more.

Features

The Desert One Debacle

In April 1980, President Jimmy Carter sent the Army’s Delta Force to bring back fifty-three American citizens held hostage in Iran. Everything went wrong. The fireball in the Iranian desert took the Carter presidency with it. [Enhanced for online viewing, with audio, video, photos, maps, and more.]

The Talented Mr. Chávez

A Castro-loving, Bolivar-worshipping, onetime baseball-player wannabe, Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez is perhaps the world’s most openly anti-American head of state. With Latin America in the midst of a leftward swing, how dangerous is he?

Nature & Environment

This is the fourth in a series of archival excerpts in honor of the magazine's 150th anniversary. This installment is introduced by Bill McKibben, the author of The End of Nature, Wandering Home and the forthcoming Deep Economy.

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Agenda

  • Who Has Bush's Ear?

    The Atlantic recently asked members of Congress about their perceptions of influence in the White House

  • The Man With the Golden Phone

    Before Mark Warner was a politician, he was a wildly successful entrepreneur—and his success as a huckster shows why he may be a formidable challenger for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination

  • Primary Sources

    Diagnosis at a distance; why private school might not be worth it; Pretty Boy Floyd as statistical outlier; the upside of global warming

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