November/ December 2012
Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

George W. Bush, On the Ballot Again By Paul Glastris

Tilting at Windmills

Woodward’s folly … Romney’s hardship … Finishing what Clinton started By Charles Peters

Obama's Game of Chicken

The untold story of how the administration tried to stand up to big agricultural companies on behalf of independent farmers, and lost.
By Lina Khan

The Conservative War on Prisons

Right-wing operatives have decided that prisons are a lot like schools: hugely expensive, inefficient, and in need of root-and-branch reform. Is this how progress will happen in a hyper-polarized world?
By David Dagan and Steven M. Teles

Last Call

Industry giants are threatening to swallow upAmerica's carefully regulated alcohol industry, and remake America in the image of booze-soaked Britain.
By Tim Heffernan

How We Could Blow the Energy Boom

America’s vast new surplus of natural gas could lead to great prosperity and a cleaner environment. But if we don’t fix our decrepit, blackout -prone electric grid, we could wind up sitting in the dark.
By Jeffrey Leonard

On Political Books
Drone On

It’s probably a matter of when, not if, al-Qaeda in Yemen successfully strikes the U.S. Yet the drone attacks currently keeping the organization at bay are also helping recruit more terrorists. Can you say “no-win situation”?
By Haley Sweetland Edwards

Brass Backwards

Thomas Ricks explains the declining competence of America's senior military commanders.
By Jacob Heilbrunn

Act of Recovery

Only one national reporter, Michael Grunwald, bothered to take a detailed look at how well the $787 billion stimulus was spent. What he discovered confounds the Beltway conventional wisdom.
By Ryan Cooper

Up from Independence

Harry Truman was a classic American striver, and a failure, until politics intervened.
By Alonzo Hamby

Memoirs of an Academic Fraudster

Inside the shadowy business of ghostwriting college students' papers.
By Daniel Luzer

Spread Too Thin

Scholars have discovered that certain everyday food items have played pivotal roles in the history of civilization. Apparently, peanut butter is not one of them.
By Justin Peters