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.

The Diplomatic Life: It's Not All Striped Trousers and Sips of Tea

"The students, I don’t know how many there were, several thousand, surrounded the cars and began to pelt them with eggs and rocks and to jump up on top of the cars and stamp on the roofs." When Warren Christopher had to deliver bad news in Taiwan.

Envisioning a River of Air

Prediction: If you spend a little time on these sites, you will start looking at weather forecasts in an entirely different way.

Talking With Chuck Hagel

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

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