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THE ATLANTIC | Volume 293 No. 2 | March 2004
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March 2004 cover Letters to the Editor

The Agenda
The Hollow Army  It's only a slight exaggeration to say that the entire U.S. military is either in Iraq, returning from Iraq, or getting ready to go
by James Fallows

Madonna Wants Me  Every political candidate now needs a "celebrity wrangler"
by Joshua Green

BRIEF LIVES: Marriage Counselor  The conservative activist Matt Daniels opposes gay marriage. So why do many conservatives oppose him?
by Franklin Foer

The Southern Cross  What defenders of the Confederate flag should know: the man who created it would have been the first to get rid of it
by Joshua Green

POST MORTEM: The Imperfect Spy  Michael Straight (1916-2004)
by Mark Steyn

THE LIST: America's Most Wanted
by Christopher Shea

Primary Sources  A suppressed European report on anti-Semitism; how Republicans gain from high taxes; Al Sharpton's taste in hotels

THE WORLD IN NUMBERS: ProQuest  The Unfree World  Democracy's faltering progress
by Jen Joynt and Marshall Poe


The Man Who Would Be Khan
Meet Colonel Tom Wilhelm, one of a new breed of soldier-diplomats that has come into being since the end of the Cold War
by Robert D. Kaplan

The Armageddon Plan
During the Reagan era Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were key players in a clandestine program designed to install a new "President" in the event of a nuclear attack
by James Mann

We Will Bury You
The caretakers of Lenin's corpse have made a killing in post-Soviet Russia
by Keith Gessen

How Jefferson Counted Himself In
Something was funny about the Georgia ballot. Did Thomas Jefferson act properly in making himself President in 1801?
by Bruce Ackerman and David Fontana

Would Shakespeare Get Into Swarthmore?
How several well-known writers would be graded on the new essay portion of the SAT
by John Katzman, Andy Lutz, and Erik Olson
Rewrite Shakespeare
According to the College Board's grading criteria, Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage" speech scored only 2 out of 6. Join the Princeton Review's contest, and help the Bard get a higher grade.

The Diamond Cutter  A poem by Thomas Lux [audio]

Light Years  A poem by Joan Swift

The Bell Zygmunt  A poem by Jane Hirshfield [audio]


Books and Critics
New & Noteworthy
The Origins of the Final Solution, by Christopher R. Browning, with contributions by Jürgen Matthäus; Report From a Parisian Paradise, by Joseph Roth; Dresden, by Frederick Taylor; Burying Caesar, by Graham Stewart; Inside Hitler's Bunker, by Joachim Fest; London: Life in the Post-War Years, by Douglas Whitworth
reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz
An Insidious Evil: An Interview With Christopher Browning
Christopher Browning, the author of The Origins of the Final Solution, explains how ordinary Germans came to accept as inevitable the extermination of the Jews [Web only]
Great Scot
Between Kipling and Fleming stands John Buchan, the father of the modern spy thriller
by Christopher Hitchens

Fortress of Solitude
The Rules of Engagement, by Anita Brookner
reviewed by Elizabeth Judd

Life Sentence
The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler
reviewed by Christina Schwarz

How Serfdom Saved the Women's Movement
Because of "the unmade beds, the children with their endless questions, the tendency of a good fight over housework to stop the talking and the kissing," the author writes, "one of the most profound cultural revolutions in American history came perilously close to running aground." But then the forces of global capitalism solved the problem: America's newly liberated class of educated professional women found itself presented with an army of poor, easily exploited women from other countries who could take care of their children and clean their houses
by Caitlin Flanagan
The Mother's Dilemma: An Interview With Caitlin Flanagan
Caitlin Flanagan on parenting, home life, and the morally troubling nature of the mother-nanny relationship [Web only]
FICTION: Dependents
by Mona Simpson


Pursuits and Retreats
If the Bible were being compiled for the first time right now, what would we put in it? Making the case for a NEW new revised standard version
by Cullen Murphy

MUSIC: God's Lonely Man
Johnny Cash was a Christian who didn't cast stones, a patriot who wasn't a bully
by Francis Davis

MOVIES: When the Front Page Meets the Big Screen
Hollywood is not a reliable moral arbiter of anything, so it's not surprising that when it holds a mirror up to journalism, Shattered Glass is the result
by Mark Bowden

The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

Word Fugitives by Barbara Wallraff

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