Our new issue (subscribe!) is full of strong articles, but let me strongly recommend that you start with this one: my colleague Don Peck's cover-story explanation of why the economic, emotional, sociological, and political effects of the ongoing recession/depression are likely to be with us for decades to come. This is not a feel-good article, to put it mildly; but it is lucid, convincing, systematic, and different in its emphases from what I (at least) have seen anyplace else. There is a lot more in the issue, but please start with this.
James Fallows is a staff writer for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the new book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which has been a New York Times best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.