James Fallows

  • The Atlantic

James Fallows is a longtime correspondent for The Atlantic magazine. He has reported for the Atlantic from around the world since the late 1970s, including extended assignments in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, and within the United States in Texas, Washington state, and California. He has written 10 books and won the American Book Award, the National Magazine Award, and a documentary Emmy. His most recent book is China Airborne, a study of the staggering rise of airlines and airport infrastructure in China that The Economist calls “informative and lively.” His previous books include Postcards from Tomorrow Square, essays about the economic and political transformation occurring in China; Blind into Baghdad, about the lead-up to the War in Iraq, which is now required reading in many military programs; and Breaking the News, about the crisis facing contemporary news media. Fallows has also done extensive commentary on National Public Radio. For the last few years he and his wife, the writer Deborah Fallows, have been traveling through smaller-town America and reporting on innovation of all sorts. Their book on the project will be published next year. In August, they are moving to London, where Fallows will direct the Atlantic’s first European bureau. Fallows grew up in southern California, studied American history at Harvard, studied economics at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, and once worked in the White House as president Carter’s chief speechwriter.