Person Education

Doctor Gridlock
November 13, 2006

I've always wondered in what field President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has his Ph.D. Maybe you did, too. In any case, an article in Saturday's Guardian tells us that he received his doctorate in traffic management. It also tells us that traffic is a terrible mess in Tehran. (In which big city is it not?) In Tehran the problems are multiple, including simply poor driving mores, disrespect for rules, dilapidated cars, et cetera. Pedestrians add to the chaos. Maybe Ahmadinejad will devout his energy to this pedestrian matter and leave the world alone.

Open University Contributors

David A. Bell, a contributing editor who has been writing for TNR since 1984, is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins. His new book, The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare As We Know It, is published by Houghton Mifflin in January. Casey N. Blake is professor of History and American Studies at Columbia University and a regular contributor to several journals of opinion and scholarly publications. His work in U.S.

August 14, 2006

I DEAD IN ATTIC By Chris Rose (Chris Rose Books, 158 pp., $13) BREACH OF FAITH: HURRICANE KATRINA AND THE NEAR DEATH OF A GREAT AMERICAN CITY By Jed Horne (Random House, 412 pp., $25.95) THE STORM By Ivor van Heerden and Mike Bryan (Viking, 308 pp., 25.95) THE GREAT DELUGE: HURRICANE KATRINA, NEW ORLEANS, AND THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST By Douglas Brinkley (William Morrow, 716 pp., $29.95) PATH OF DESTRUCTION: THE DEVASTATION OF NEW ORLEANS AND THE COMING AGE OF SUPERSTORMS By John McQuaid and Mark Schleifstein (Little, Brown, 386 pp., $26) DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE: A MEMOIR OF WAR, DISASTERS,

After Containment
April 25, 2005

The first of the giants of American grand strategy during the Cold War lived to be the last of the giants. When George F. Kennan died a few weeks ago at the age of 101, none of his great contemporaries was left. Truman, Marshall, Acheson, Forrestal, Harriman, Bohlen, and Lovett had all preceded him in death years ago; and even Kennan's most formidable rival on matters of policy, his longtime friend Paul Nitze, died last fall at 97. It is an appropriate moment, therefore, to assess what Kennan and his generation accomplished.