JAMES FALLOWS is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. A former editor of U.S. News & World Report, Fallows is the author of 12 volumes of nonfiction and hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics, including politics, defense policy, technology, and the economy. In 1983, Fallows earned the National Book Award for his book NATIONAL DEFENSE. His other books include BLIND INTO BAGHDAD, POSTCARDS FROM TOMORROW SQUARE, and CHINA AIRBORNE. Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and won the award in 2003 for his article “The Fifty-First State?” which appeared in The Atlantic six months before the invasion of Iraq and addressed the difficulties such an occupation would pose. He also earned a 2010 Emmy Award as host of the documentary series Doing Business in China. A frequent commentator on National Public Radio for over two decades, Fallows has been a regular news analyst for NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend All Things Considered. He has been a visiting professor at several universities in the U.S. and China and chair in U.S. Media at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre. During the Carter administration, he served as chief presidential speechwriter, the youngest person ever to hold that post. Fallows’ latest book is OUR TOWNS: A 100,000-MILE JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF AMERICA, written with his wife, author and linguist Deborah Fallows.
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