The Mind of George W. Bush
What's your assessment of George W. Bush as President? Weigh in on Richard Brookhiser's April cover story.

The Return of the Pig
Is overt sexism making a comeback?

Cult of the Master
Is Henry James overrated?

See the complete forum index.

THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY | Volume 291 No. 3 | April 2003
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April 2003 cover Letters to the Editor

The Agenda
What Now? by Michael Kelly
The Return of the Pig by David Brooks
The Leadership Secrets of Osama bin Laden by Bruce Hoffman
Paddy Solemn and the Desperate Chancer by Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Primary Sources
Selections from reports, studies, and other documents

THE WORLD IN NUMBERS: ProQuest  Abortion Decisions by Jen Joynt and Vasugi Ganeshananthan
The Veterans of Domestic Disorders Memorial by P. J. O'Rourke


A Tale of Two Colonies
Military involvement leads to political involvement: such is the nature of imperialism. Our correspondent travels to Yemen and Eritrea, two countries central to U.S. military efforts in the war on terrorism, and describes growing involvement in two dramatically different political landscapes
by Robert D. Kaplan

Close-Up: The Mind of George W. Bush
Nothing reveals a man's mind, especially the mind of a man who is not articulate, better than the decisions he makes. And the decisions being made by George W. Bush are incontestably momentous. What are Bush's gifts and limitations as a decision-maker? The author, a journalist and a historian, speaks to people who have known the President for many years, and concludes that Bush's greatest strength is clarity of vision. The unknown quantity? Imagination
by Richard Brookhiser
An Interview With Richard Brookhiser:
What Makes W. Tick?

The historian and journalist Richard Brookhiser weighs in on George W. Bush—his management style, his mean streak, his religiosity, and his recovery from alcoholism. [Web only]
We Have a Pope!
"I have made a lot of money in my life," the billionaire Bernard Baroom explained to Rick Renard, PR guy. "A tremendous amount of money. Now I want to give something back"
A short story by Christopher Buckley

Vices A poetry anthology
My Last Hangover A poem by Jesse Iott
Fast Foods: A Rap Rondeau A poem by W. D. Snodgrass [audio]
Junk Mail A poem by T. R. Hummer [audio]
Portrait of the Author After X-Ray A poem by Jillian Weise [audio]
Blind Date A poem by Steve Orlen [audio]
ProQuest  Special Collections Wartime Bailout Kit by Richard Rubin


Books and Critics
New & Noteworthy
Current books reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz

Holy Writ
An essay on some recent writers about Islam
by Christopher Hitchens
An Interview With Stephen Schwartz:
The Real Islam

In The Two Faces of Islam Stephen Schwartz argues that in order to appreciate the pluralist, tolerant side of Islam, we must confront its ugly, extremist side. [Web only]
Cult of the Master
Henry James: Novels 1896-1899, reviewed by James Wood

Other Reviews
by Elizabeth Judd, David Kipen, Martha Spaulding, Scott Prater, and Benjamin Schwarz

Gaudy Butterfly in a Drab Chrysalis
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, by William Taubman, reviewed by Perry Anderson

Pursuits and Retreats
INNOCENT BYSTANDER: Beyond Belief by Cullen Murphy
OBSESSIONS: Overkill by John Vaillant
MUSIC: Memory Spaces by David Schiff

The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
Word Court by Barbara Wallraff

Cover art by Kirk Caldwell.

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