On the Ground in Patagonia

The pilot’s curse is to forever look to the sky.

Mar 1998

The Discreet Charm of the (Chilean) Bourgeoisie

After an economic boom nudged Chile into the modern day, the country's culture catches up.

Apr 1997

Alone on the Brink

A glimpse of the hermits in Chile’s Patagonian wilderness.

Jun 1997

Invisible Men

Surviving in the shadows of Southern California has never been easy for Jesús Ruíz. But the Border Patrol’s crackdown has forced him—and thousands of other illegal workers—even deeper underground.

Feb 1998

Baghdad Is Burning

Invade a country. Give it a constitution based on tribal divisions. Rush a government into place. That’s how the U.S. led Iraq into civil war—and nostalgia for Saddam Hussein. While pursuing another story, the author e-mailed his editors this raw, firsthand account of uncontrolled corruption, chaos, and killing.

Sep 2006
By Editors Recommend

The Million-Dollar Nose

With his stubborn disregard for the hierarchy of wines, Robert Parker, the straight-talking American wine critic, is revolutionizing the industry—and teaching the French wine establishment some lessons it would rather not learn.

Dec 2000
By Editors Recommend

The Distant Executioner

Snipers—once a breed apart due to the brutal intimacy of their kills—may have found the war that needs them the most in Afghanistan. Going inside the world of “Russ Crane,” the author discovers the sharp-shooter’s special talents and torments.

Feb 2010
By Exclusive

Finding the Devil

The two-month saga of the Chilean miners trapped half a mile underground captivated the world. The celebrated narrative journalist William Langewiesche tells the complete and utterly fascinating story.

Ziad for the Defense

When Saddam Hussein goes on trial, he will not lack for legal defenders. Heading his team at the moment is a man named Ziad al-Khasawneh.

Jun 2005

Jungle Law

In 1972, crude oil began to flow from Texaco’s wells in the area around Lago Agrio (“sour lake”), in the Ecuadorean Amazon. Born that same year, Pablo Fajardo is now the lead attorney in an epic lawsuit—among the largest environmental suits in history—against Chevron, which acquired Texaco in 2001.

May 2007

Beijing’s Olympic Makeover

With grandiose architecture, cowed citizens, and earnest self-improvement efforts, Beijing is determined to be the perfect host. But no amount of pomp and prep work can buy China the role it wants.

Apr 2008

Stealing Weather

In 1946, three G.E. scientists found that seeding clouds with dry ice or silver iodide could affect precipitation. The Pentagon soon had hopes of weaponizing the sky. Now it’s the Chinese whose artillery is aimed at controlling the weather.

May 2008

Letter from Baghdad

Life in the wilds of a city without trust.

Jan 2005

The Accuser

One woman has spent decades documenting crimes against humanity in Iraq. Now Saddam and his circle are facing justice.

Mar 2005

Hotel Baghdad

Fear and lodging in Iraq.

May 2005

Eden: A Gated Community

After making a fortune as founder of North Face and Esprit, Douglas Tompkins embraced the principles of deep ecology and, forsaking civilization, bought a Yosemite-sized piece of wilderness in Chile. But Tompkins ran into one big problem: other people.

Jun 1999

Rules of Engagement

On November 19, 2005, in Haditha, during Kilo Company’s third tour of duty in Iraq, a land mine planted by insurgents exploded beneath a Humvee, killing a 20-year-old Marine. What happened next—the slaughter of 24 Iraqi men, women, and children—was not entirely an aberration. These actions were rooted in the very conduct of the war.

Nov 2006

The Wave-Maker

When Ken Bradshaw caught the largest wave ever surfed, in 1998, he was riding on pure, single-minded passion. But that same quality plus a deep antipathy to hype has put him at odds with the increasingly crowded, commercialized world of big-wave surfing.

Feb 2011
From the Web

What Lies Beneath

Penetrating the centuries-old underworld of caverns, squatters, and unmarked doors that lies deep beneath the streets of New York City, the author follows three men who constantly navigate its dangers.

Oct 2013
From the Web

The Man Who Pierced the Sky

When Felix Baumgartner set out to make a living by stunt jumping—from cliffs, buildings, and bridges—the young Austrian had no idea where it would take him: to a pressurized capsule nearly 24 miles above New Mexico, last October 14, preparing to free-fall farther than any man in history, and at supersonic speed.

May 2013
From the Web

The Expendables

It’s the dark romance of the French Foreign Legion: haunted men from everywhere, fighting anywhere, dying for causes not their own. Legionnaires need war, certainly, and Afghanistan is winding down. But there’s always the hopeless battle against rogue gold miners in French Guiana …

Dec 2012
From the Web

The Camorra Never Sleeps

For years before they caught him, the Italian police had no idea that Paolo Di Lauro was one of Naples’s most powerful crime bosses, running a drug and counterfeit-goods empire—and responsible for a peace his turf had rarely known. Now authorities may long for the days when he was in charge.

Apr 2012
From the Web

A Two-Planet Species?

The right way to think about our space program.

Jan 2004
From the Web

The Shipbreakers

At Alang, in India, on a six-mile stretch of oily, smoky beach, 40,000 men tear apart half of the world’s discarded ships, each one a sump of toxic waste. Environmentalists in the West are outraged. The shipbreakers, of course, want to be left alone—and maybe they should be.

Aug 2000