September 2011

In This Issue

Don Peck on the sinking middle class, James Fallows on the crackdown in China, P.J. O'Rourke on Gaudi, new fiction by Amy Waldman, and more


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Can the Middle Class Be Saved?

The Great Recession has imperiled America's values as well as its economy. Here's how we can rebuild our hollowed-out middle class.

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Arab Spring, Chinese Winter

Just after Tunisia and Egypt erupted, China quelled its own "Jasmine" protests. Is the Chinese public less satisfied—and more combustible—than it appears?


The Secret History of Guns

The Ku Klux Klan worked to control guns. The Black Panthers pioneered the pro-gun movement. In the battle over gun rights, both sides have distorted history.

Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

Fiction: The Submission

A Muslim in control of the 9/11 memorial was the worst thing that could happen—and exactly the rudder Sean needed.

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    A Bitter Trip West

    A new history vividly describes the agony and uncertainty of the overland journey by America's pioneers

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    Cover to Cover

    How A&P created the supermarket; what if Princess Di had faked her death?; and more

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