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Maybe it’s time to stop calling America the “land of opportunity.”
Hurricane futures; the Swiss at sea; Bill Gates finally graduates
Will Internet bootleggers kill Hollywood, or make it stronger?
Our dynastic Congress; the chess gender gap; surgeons who love Nintendo
The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the future of Afghanistan.
The Saudi government is betting that instead of just locking terrorists away, it can reform them.
At home with the modernists
The most exhaustive book yet written about the Kennedy assassination should lay the conspiracy theories to rest once and for all—but it won’t.
Primo Levi’s Holocaust memoirs stand among the best literature of the 20th century, but his greatest creation was himself.
Gertrude Bell scaled the Alps, mapped Arabia, and midwifed the modern Middle East.
A guide to additional releases: a raft of Kissingeria; Robert E. Lee's letters; Penelope Lively's new novel; and more
The color of a house is a sign of owner individuality—and a test of neighborhood tolerance.
Computers may not be able to make decisions for you (yet), but they can sharpen your judgment.
Publishers and authors should stop cowering; Google is less likely to destroy the book business than to slingshot it into the 21st century.
Dubious distinctions; the F-word
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