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The Day the Soviets Arrived to Crush the Prague Spring, in Rarely Seen Photos

On August 20th and 21st, 1968, fifty years ago this week, hundreds of thousands of Soviet and allied Warsaw Pact troops poured over the Czechoslovak border from surrounding countries in a massive show of force that quickly deposed the government of Alexander Dubček. As the first secretary of the …

Communist Party

What We Can Learn from Neruda’s Poetry of Resistance

When I first embarked on writing a biography of Pablo Neruda over a decade ago, I wanted to explore the political power of poetry and its capacity to inspire social change. Neruda’s social verse was an integral part of the humanity he expressed; even without pen in hand, he boldly inserted himself …

Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment refashioned the idea of what a novel could be

With the exception of <i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i> and possibly <i>Frasier</i>, Dostoevsky’s novel <i>Crime and Punishment</i>, published a little over 150 years ago, …

Want to become a speechwriter? Step 1: Write speeches

Being a speechwriter is great, but how do you land such a gig?<p>I’ve been a professional speechwriter for more than a decade and have written for heads …

Public Speaking

National Identity Is Made Up

<b>National identity is the myth that built the modern world. We explain its origins in a new video series from The Interpreter.</b><p>Max Fisher and Amanda Taub write The Interpreter, which explores the ideas behind major world events. They use political and social science to explain topics from …

Authoritarianism

How to Make Greek-Style Chicken

For this Mediterranean-inspired dinner, we process the protein with fresh oregano, garlic, and red pepper to insure speedy cooking while packing in …

Recipes

To Our Readers

<b>How we will continue to inform and inspire you in 2018</b><p>The world in 2018 will be full of dramatic change, improbable victories, and game-changing breakthroughs. Elections will be won and lost. Olympians will be hailed. Cryptocurrencies will rise and fall. And technology will continue to inexorably …

The Devastating Paradox of Pakistan

How Afghanistan’s neighbor cultivated American dependency while subverting American policy<p>Two months after the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Vice President–elect Joe Biden sat with Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, in the Arg Palace, an 83-acre compound in Kabul that had become a gilded …

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's

A high-carb diet, and the attendant high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline.<p>In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes …

The Best Books We Read in 2017

The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.<p>Editor's Note: Find all of <i>The Atlantic</i>’s “Best of 2017” coverage here.<p><i>Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News</i> by Kevin Young<p>It’s too …

The Third Person

A short story, by its nature, doesn’t start at the beginning, and doesn’t finish at the end. Rather, it parachutes the reader into the middle of a …

Paris Review - Storytelling: An Exchange

Malcolm Gladwell & Michael Lewis<p>Issue 222, Fall 2017<p>Michael Lewis (left) and Malcolm Gladwell onstage at the 92nd Street Y, New York, 2016<p><i>Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis met in the early nineties, when both were reporting for the</i> New Republic<i>. Since then, they have gone on to write some of the</i> …

Literature

Salman Rushdie says Donald Trump is “demolishing reality”

The U.S. president, says Rushdie, is “crazy like a fox,” which has made his attacks on the concept of objective truth so effective<p>Salman Rushdie’s …