Karl Rove had the plan, the power, and the historic chance to remake American politics. What went wrong?
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Joshua Green on Karl Rove; Matthew Scully on Michael Gerson's careerist machinations; Robert D. Kaplan on the B-2 bomber; James Fallows on Macau; Clive Crook on Private Equity; B.R. Myers on the amoral gourmet; Christopher Hitchens on Edmund Wilson; Wayne Curtis visits the hippies of Guatemala; and much more.
The only person the speechwriter Michael Gerson made look better than President Bush was Michael Gerson. The shaping of a Washington reputation, as witnessed by a White House colleague
Articles on journalism by H.L. Mencken, Ralph Pulitzer, David Halberstam, Walter Lippmann, and James Fallows
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Can the Democrats succeed where Karl Rove failed?
Air-guitar heroes; a Ukrainian grudge match; Noriega tastes freedom
Blinded by zeros; prostitutes and their johns; a user's guide to nuclear devastation
The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the struggle in the Palestinian territories.
The Bush administration’s pathological hiding of information
Is private equity just another bubble, or a sign of sickness in America’s public stock markets?
Editor’s Choice: The late English writer is overdue for the recognition and readers she deserves.
The gourmet’s ongoing failure to think in moral terms
With his extravagant designs, Paul Poiret ruled the world of fashion—until modern simplicity did him in.
How Edmund Wilson made the labor of criticism into an art
A guide to additional releases
At Camp Bread, in San Francisco, a baker rehabilitates one of the most frequently abused members of the pastry family.
On television shows like CSI and Numb3rs, scientists are still weird—but a geeky glamour has replaced the old stereotypes.
The unbearable lightness of Ira Glass, Wes Anderson, and other paragons of indie sensibility
The art of ant eating; another N word