COVER

It's Lonely at the Top (Cover Story)

How the election became a referendum on an isolated President—and how it is likely to reshape American politics

ASIA

Not the Retiring Type

Malaysia's former leader, Mahathir Mohamad, is taking on his successor in a rancorous fight over the future of the nation

BRIEFING

Letters (Notebook)

Asia's Environmental Crisis

WORLD

America by the Numbers

At the beginning of its fourth century, America is more colorful, still uncrowded, purple in its politics and complicated in its beliefs. An illustrated guide to the nation's essential truths

GLOBAL ADVISER

Grand Designs (Check In)

Singapore's newest presidential suites have everything an entourage could ask for

Retinal Byrne (Curtain Raiser)

A gallery of photographs by former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne opens in Manila

Material Pleasures (Style Watch)

Bangkok's new fashion houses take the local scene upscale

Capital Gains (After Dark)

With Beijing getting ready to host the Olympic games, everything from tapas joints to decadent martini lounges is finally on the menu