James Fallows

James Fallows is a national correspondent 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. His latest book is China Airborne.

Talking With Chuck Hagel

What was on his mind when he thought he had two more years as defense secretary

How to Sign Up for Our 'American Futures' Newsletter

"At the national level, American politics is bitterly polarized, and the mood of the country can seem fearful and downcast. But city by city we’ve seen examples of collaboration, practical-minded compromise, long-term investment in a region’s future, and a coast-to-coast resurgence in manufacturing and other startup activity."

Vote Early and Often!

"Don't vote—it just encourages them," the old saw used to go. Au contraire. Even-lower turnout is about the only thing that could make our terrible election system worse.

Books by Friends

One about Berkeley, two about China, one more on the art and science of "information farming," and all worth checking out