September 2008

In This Issue

James Fallows assesses the debating skills of McCain and Obama; Joshua Green offers a look at some revealing Hillary Clinton campaign memos; Lisa Margonelli on how termites could save us from global warming; Robert D. Kaplan on Burma; Caitlin Flanagan reflects on Patty Hearst's kidnapping and '70s-era Berkeley; Christopher Hitchens on Norman Mailer; Andrew Sullivan on gay marriage; Corby Kummer tries cooking school in the Greek Islands; and much more.

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Rhetorical Questions

Who will win the presidential debates? What does each candidate’s use of words say about how he would govern as president? Can Obama’s rhetorical skills lift him to the heights of Lincoln, FDR, and Reagan—or will his speechmaking do him in? After watching all 47 (!) of the primary season’s debates, our correspondent has the answers—and some harsh criticism for the moderators.

The Front-Runner’s Fall

Hillary Clinton’s campaign was undone by a clash of personalities more toxic than anyone imagined. E-mails and memos—published here for the first time—reveal the backstabbing and conflicting strategies that produced an epic meltdown.

Lifting the Bamboo Curtain

As China and India vie for power and influence, Burma has become a strategic battleground. Four Americans with deep ties to this fractured, resource-rich country illuminate its current troubles, and what the U.S. should do to shape its future.

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