August 30, 2013 Issue

Cover story U.S.
After a surprising, meteoric rise in the polls, Bill de Blasio is suddenly on the brink of becoming New York's next mayor. What does he really believe?

Too Radical for the Taliban

A high-level fighter accuses his fellow militants of going soft—and engineers a schism that could have major consequences for Afghanistan.
In Focus

People Get Ready

Martin Luther King Jr. got a star-spangled salute August 28 for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and his “I Have a Dream” speech. Tens of thousands turned out for the march, and Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The Bushes were unable to attend due to health issues.
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The Italian Idol

Forget about age, baldness, or any lines on his face—actor Toni Servillo is adored, admired, and desired.

Art's Big Road Trip

Doug Aitken's 'Station to Station' throws artists, musicians, and everything in between on a cross-country train to see what sticks.

The Last Hurrah

The poshest book you'll read this year is also a charming account of a lost world.