The Atlantic

233 articles

The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans

“Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.”


The Hell After ISIS

As ISIS retreats, new horrors emerge for a Sunni family.


In the Land of Missing Persons

Alaska brims with stories of people who vanish and are given up for dead. Once in a while, the dead return.


The Obama Doctrine

How the president thinks about America’s role in the world.


Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond?

How a cartel invented and marketed the modern diamond.


Oscar Night in Hollywood

As early as 1948, the Oscars sucked.


Death of a Pig

On the grief that comes with losing livestock.


The Diplomat and the Killer

In 1980, four American nuns were murdered in El Salvador. This is the story of how a young American official stationed there singlehandedly found the culprits.

Excerpted from Weakness and Deceit: America and El Salvador's Dirty War


The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers

On the battle between Google, Apple, Uber, and Tesla to own the driverless car market, which could be worth more than $30 billion a year.


The Silicon Valley Suicides

Why are so many teenagers killing themselves in Palo Alto?

Hanna Rosin on the Longform Podcast

A Sea Story

The Estonia was carrying 989 passengers when it sank in 30-foot seas on its way across the Baltic in September 1994. More than 850 lost their lives. The ones who survived acted quickly and remained calm.


Raiders of the Lost Web

How a Pulitzer-finalist, 34-part-series of investigative journalism vanishes from the internet.