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James Fallows
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.
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Happy New Year: See You in June

For me this is the third post of the day, and probably the last in this space for quite a… James Fallows Jan 1, 2017

Zbigniew Brzezinski

An active, impatient man who evolved a steady, long-term view. James Fallows May 27, 2017

Rules for Engagement, From the University of Vermont

This morning I had the privilege of giving the commencement address at the University of Vermont—UVM, home of the Catamounts… James Fallows May 21, 2017
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Five Reasons the Comey Affair Is Worse Than Watergate

A journalist who covered Nixon’s fall 45 years ago explains why the current challenge to America may be more severe—and the democratic system less capable of handling it. James Fallows May 12, 2017

Mark Colvin, of Australia and the World

Today the eminent Australian broadcaster Mark Colvin died at age 65. This is a sad moment for his country, for… James Fallows May 11, 2017

‘Our Erie’ Tells Its Story

As we’ve been working away on our book based on our “American Futures” travels over the past four… James Fallows Apr 5, 2017

Stories From Another Time, for Our Times: ‘We Do Our Part’

To the extent I spent any time studying in college, it was to learn about American history. The main impression… James Fallows Apr 3, 2017
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Trump's Credibility Crisis Arrives

Warnings that the president’s cavalier disregard for truth would have real-world consequences were vindicated on Tuesday. James Fallows Mar 21, 2017

Giving Trump a Clean Shave

Imagine listening to the president’s address to Congress as if it were the first speech he’d given. James Fallows Mar 1, 2017 Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

‘With Such a People You Can Then Do What You Please’

Trump’s attacks on the free press don’t just threaten the media—they undermine the public’s capacity to think, act, and defend democracy. James Fallows Feb 21, 2017

Meanwhile in America: ‘New Americans’ in the Rust Belt

If you’ve read or heard about Erie, Pennsylvania, since the election, it’s likely to be with framing as “declining Rust… James Fallows Feb 1, 2017
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‘American Carnage’: The Trump Era Begins

Most presidents view inaugural addresses as a rare opportunity to appeal beyond “the base.” This was base-only. James Fallows Jan 20, 2017

A Reflection on Trump's Uncharted Presidency

In a short animation, James Fallows considers what’s in store for this new era of American politics. James Fallows, Caitlin Cadieux, Leah Varjacques, and Daniel Lombroso Jan 20, 2017

‘Let's Care About Someone Who Does Not Belong to Our Tribe’

We could use a little positive news at the moment, right? Here you go: Over the past three… James Fallows Jan 19, 2017

A Big Step for Little Eastport

Since our first visit in the fall of 2013, Deb and I have reported frequently on the grit, vision, resilience… James Fallows Jan 16, 2017

‘Here's to the People Who Are Not Known’

In writing about the inevitable but sad passing of my last surviving uncle, Robert L. Fallows of the Philadelphia area… James Fallows Jan 1, 2017

All Progress Is Local: New Year’s Notes From Around the Country

This is the first of three posts on this New Year’s Day, building toward a change in (my part of… James Fallows Jan 1, 2017

Robert L. Fallows, My Uncle Bob: 1922-2016.

Eight years ago I mentioned that a run of very public news—the deaths of prominent figures, plus a presidential election… James Fallows Dec 30, 2016

Books to Read (or Buy), According to Me

The best seasonal present, this year and any year (since 1857), is of course a subscription to The Atlantic. Get… James Fallows Dec 22, 2016

Remember the 'Thucydides Trap'? The Chinese Do; Trump Clearly Does Not

In my cover story in the December issue of the magazine, on how the United States should prepare for the… James Fallows Dec 17, 2016

This Is What the Resistance Sounds Like

Governor Jerry Brown of California got Twitter-verse attention for saying two days ago that if Donald Trump shuts down satellite… James Fallows Dec 16, 2016
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