James Bennet

James Bennet has been the editor in chief of The Atlantic since 2006. Prior to joining The Atlantic, he was the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times.

The American Idea at War

One can draw a line from September 11, 2001, straight back to the decisions made by colonial mapmakers as the fighting raged in Europe 100 years ago.

The Man and the Myths

After John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago, The Atlantic published “Death of…

The Art of Ideas

“In 1857 the printed word was unopposed,” the editors of this magazine mused, a bit…

Life on Mars

“What we see hints at the existence of beings who are in advance of, not behind us, in the…

The Bloomberg Way

The mayor of New York on his soda ban, why he doesn't worry about approval ratings, governing in the age of Twitter, and the dumbed-down media

The New Price of American Politics

Not since the Gilded Age has our politics been opened so wide to corporate contributions and donations from secret sources. And the new era of big money has just begun. Jim Bopp, its intellectual architect, believes this is a good thing—the more money, the better, he says. Reformers (and most voters) disagree. Their battle is over the most-basic ideas of our democracy; at stake—according to both sides—is either the revitalization of politics, or its final capture by the powerful.

The Race

Televised debates still rely on lights instead of boxing bells, and they rather heartlessly lack…

Idea Factories

"What’s your idea?” reads a plaintive sign on the chain-link fence surrounding Michigan…

Creative Destruction

In the early days of the Republican primary season, during the politically bewildering…

How I Missed That Story

One Sunday morning in August 1996, the political strategist Dick Morris picked up the telephone…