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100 Must-Read Medieval Historical Fiction Novels

So, my favorite thing to read is probably medieval historical fiction. Well, maybe it is Star Trek. Historical fiction that is somehow also Star Trek …

Books

The Atlantic on Twitter: "The First White President, by @tanehisicoates https://t.co/mjv5eJwQAd… "

New conversation<p>New conversation<p>Replying to @<b>cdhthegreat</b> @<b>TheAtlantic</b><p>I did. When I saw this line I was taken aback. Yes slaves did contribute to …

China goes west: a ghost city in the sand comes to life

Mountains have been flattened and villages bulldozed to build Lanzhou New Area in China’s wild west. Four years ago Tom Phillips met empty streets and an eerie hush, but now he finds this improbable desert mirage finally filling up<p>点击这里,阅读本文中文版<p>It was a scheme as bold and eccentric as any to emerge …

China

Book Review: The Offshore Scandal

This is probably the worst time to be a journalist. Journalists being murdered for their reporting is becoming almost as commonplace as it is …

Corruption

'The Confessions of Young Nero' skillfully reshapes the image of Nero

In a historical novel that makes for delightful reading, best-selling writer Margaret George gives her readers a more sensitive, introspective …

Ancient History

21 books everyone should read in their 20s

There is always something to learn from books, whether it's a compilation of poetry, a memoir, or a piece of classic literature. The best reads broaden your horizons, give you a new perspective, or offer valuable advice to you as a reader, which is especially great for people who have their whole …

Books

7 Times Harriet Tubman Was a Badass Superhero

Harriet Tubman is having a moment. Right now she is the “it” girl of history.<p>No longer relegated to the pages of schoolbooks during Black History …

Black History

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG<p><i>Note: Some entries have been edited for clarity and/or length.</i>

Roald Dahl’s Twisted, Overlooked Stories for Adults

I first encountered the work of Roald Dahl in third grade, by playing a character in a classroom adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Not long after that, I read “James and the Giant Peach.” I was not a child who particularly cared for children’s literature, but even as an eight- or …

Books

The US Has Screwed Up in the Muslim World for 36 Years

Beginning with the Carter Doctrine, the US has aggressively injected itself into the Muslim world but with little to show for it besides a record of …

18 Scifi and Fantasy Novels You Should Add to Your Bookshelves This June

It’s June, and that means a whole new cohort of books coming out to load up on this month. We’ve got new books from established pros Stephen Baxter, …

Science Fiction

A Fiction Reading List to Help You Understand the World Around You

Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, <i>University of California, Los Angeles</i><p>The real world is often overwhelmingly complicated. Literature can help. This is true at universities too: courses in comparative literature offer students new insights into their chosen disciplines by unlocking new, varied …

George W. Bush vs. Al Gore, 15 years later: We really did inaugurate the wrong guy

On the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that installed W., a look back at all the mistakes along the way<p>Bush v. Gore is the US Supreme Court decision that has been credited with—or blamed for—ending the 2000 presidential election with its interrupted recount still unfinished. Bush and Gore, …

Government

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Books

17 “Twilight Zone” Episodes To Watch If You’ve Never Seen “The Twilight Zone”

*Rod Serling voice* You're traveling through another dimension...

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

Amusing World

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The Budget Deal Clears the House of Representatives

John Boehner’s last act as speaker passed easily on Wednesday with help from Democrats. It now goes to the Senate.<p>The final major vote of John Boehner’s drama-filled tenure as House speaker turned out to have very little drama at all.<p>A bipartisan majority in the House on Wednesday afternoon easily …

Bernie Sanders

The Rise of Paul D. Ryan

Republicans overcome their divisions to nominate the representative from Wisconsin as Speaker of the House.<p>The Republican Party may have 15 presidential candidates and a deeply frustrated voter base, but as of Wednesday afternoon, it has a new de facto leader: Paul Ryan.<p>In a secret-ballot election, …

Immigration Reform

Enceladus, Saturn's Amazing Snowball Moon

Saturn’s sixth-largest moon, Enceladus (504 kilometers or 313 miles across), is the subject of much scrutiny, in large part due to its spectacular active geysers and the likelihood of a subsurface ocean of liquid water. NASA’s Cassini orbiter has studied Enceladus, along with the rest of the …

Astronomy

The Dark Evolution of British Drinking Culture

In 2004, people in the U.K. consumed more alcohol than ever before. How did they get there?<p>I first met alcohol in the late 1980s. It was the morning after one of my parents’ parties. My sister and I, aged 9 or 10, were up alone. We trawled the lounge for abandoned cans. I remember being methodical: …

Alcohol

Has China Discovered a Better Political System Than Democracy?

“One person, one vote is not the only morally legitimate way to select leaders,” a political theorist says.<p>Since the collapse of several authoritarian regimes in the 1980s and 1990s—most notably the Soviet Union—conventional wisdom in political science has held that dictatorships inevitably …

Society

This declassified US intelligence report from 1990 is one of the most terrifying things you'll ever read

Now we finally know it was also one of the most dangerous, thanks to a February 1990 report published by the National Security Archive at George Washington University this week after a 12-year Freedom of Information Act battle.<p>The US and Soviets were dangerously close to going to war in November …

War

What America Can Learn From the Rest of the World

Americans are often skeptical of policy ideas from other countries. Why?<p>During the recent Democratic presidential debate, Bernie Sanders suggested that Americans “look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway, and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.” Hillary …

Political Science

The Magnitude of the Refugee Crisis

A video shows the scale of the most severe migrant crisis in Europe since World War II.<p>With the various numbers being thrown around about the Europe’s refugee crisis—4 million, 800,000, 100,000—it’s hard to visualize the many people who are crossing into Europe each day. But here’s what a fraction …

Human Rights

Is It Really Better That Saddam’s Gone?

Tony Blair offered a qualified apology for the Iraq War, but found it harder to say sorry for removing a dictator.<p>“Of course, you can’t say that those of us who removed Saddam in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015” and the rise of ISIS, said Tony Blair, the former prime minister …

Middle East

Not Doomed Yet: Clouds, and Sea, and a Lot of Africa

A summary of global-warming news for the week of October 26, for people who want to pay more attention to it<p><i>This is “Not Doomed Yet,”</i> The Atlantic<i>’s</i> <i>new weekly newsletter about global warming. It lives here in the science section; you can also get it in your inbox:</i><p>My friend and former editor, Alexis …

Natural Gas

Calm, confident, crazy Ben Carson: The “subtle form of arrogance” that’s pushing him ahead in the polls

Salon speaks to the author of “Obama on the Couch” about why the GOP candidate’s steady demeanor has him surging<p>It doesn’t matter if he’s comparing Obamacare to Nazi Germany or abortion to slavery, or denying The Big Bang and evolution, Ben Carson tends to deliver his lines in a calm, mellow tone …

Ben Carson

The man who warned us about Donald Trump, Fox News and the rise of the idiocracy

With a new biography out and a recent documentary still making waves, it’s time to consider Gore Vidal’s legacy<p>Gore Vidal, one of America’s greatest literary renaissance men and the master of the acerbic witticism, once said to an interviewer near the end of his life, “Anyone stupid enough to worry …

Literature