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Table of Contents: November/December 2006

by The American — last modified Friday, February 1, 2008
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From the Editor

An introduction to The American, from Editor-in-Chief James K. Glassman

The American Scene

Vanishing hurricanes sink a hedge fund, the ten best business movies of all time, the rich do Congress, and more.

The Young Economist

Ulrike Malmendier, at 33, has already published significant research on why CEOs and health-club jocks don’t always act rationally.
By Lizbeth Scordo

the american Interview

Craig Barrett of Intel worries about declining American dominance in science—and offers solutions.


What's the truth about climate change? Fourteen questions separate fact from distortion.
By Kenneth Green


How terrorists exploit globalization.
By Victor Davis Hanson


Spooky serendipity: When you use its shuffle feature, the iPod seems to know what is going on around it.
By Nick Schulz


A Rwandan who left after the genocide is back with a coffee company.
By Mauro De Lorenzo


Andrew Mellon gave America its greatest museum. Why?
By Amity Shlaes


Why Do We Underpay Our Best CEOs?

We hear a lot about the “outrageous” compensation that goes to CEOs. But, in fact, the best and the brightest are increasingly drawn from running large public companies to other pursuits. Relatively low pay is a big reason.
By Dominic Basulto


The Secret Life of Lou Dobbs

Why did a solid business anchor become a raving populist? The surprising answer can be found in his own private Idaho.
By Luke Mullins


America’s New Economic Map

In the Great Dispersion now reshaping our economic geography, the losers are “hip” coastal cities and the winners are the hinterlands and the exurbs.
By Joel Kotkin


The Glorious Art of Business

Charles Sheeler, with impeccable avant-garde credentials, photographed and painted America’s industrial landscape, giving conveyor belts almost religious qualities.
By Daniel Schulman

The Heirs to Sheeler

Who’s doing the best industrial art today?
By Nord Wennerstrom

Learning to Love Charlie Rangel

With the Democrats’ victory, the Harlem congressman will run the House Ways and Means Committee—in charge of taxes, Social Security, Medicare, and trade. Does Rangel have hidden virtues?
By Duncan Currie

Patriots vs. Redskins

When it comes to the economics of football, one team has it right, the other dead wrong.
By Kevin Hassett

The Devil Wears Kiton

Naples, a city of tradition, energy, and decadence, has become the center of global high fashion for men.
By Michael Ledeen

Mitt Romney: Mister PowerPoint Goes to Washington

The Massachusetts governor, a former management consultant and venture capitalist, aspires to the presidency. What does his business background say about how he’ll perform?
By Matthew Rees

American Dreamer

A murder at Big Moose Lake 100 years ago helped create an elusive national myth.
By James Bowman

Organs for Sale

Eleven Americans die each day because they can’t get a kidney transplant. Here’s how a market might solve a lethal problem and meet moral objections.
By Sally Satel

The Perils of a Late Landing

Big political shifts often occur when money is tight—that is, when interest rates exceed growth rates by a lot. Such a scenario may be in the cards for 2008.
By David Malpass