Spring 2021

Cover Story

The China Model

Its economic success and rejection of democratic values have engaged leaders across the globe

by Shakhar Rahav

Cover Story

Putin’s Potemkin Paradise

The troubling appeal of Russia’s blend of political repression and bourgeois comfort

by Graeme Wood

Articles

Jacques Barzun and Friend

What did a distinguished historian, and possibly a great man, see in an unkempt young would-be writer?

by Arthur Krystal

Natural Magic

Modern medicine's roots in alchemy, astronomy, and the apothecary shop

by Ellen Wayland-Smith

Unsentimental Education

Mary Ware Dennett’s quest to make contraception—and knowledge about sex—available to all

by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

Departments

Book Reviews

Seconds from Midnight

Seconds from Midnight

Busting the myth that skilled diplomacy saved the world

Gregg Herken
Swimming the River of Song

Swimming the River of Song

How a young scholar demystified the ancient oral tradition

A. E. Stallings
Surviving the Anthropocene

Surviving the Anthropocene

Can we reverse-engineer our way out of catastrophe?

Stephen J. Pyne
Artist of Excess

Artist of Excess

The man who painted his century’s nightmare

Sierra Bellows
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