For having the confidence to sketch an ambitious future in a gloomy hour, and for showing the competence that makes Americans hopeful he might pull it off, the President-elect is TIME's Person of the Year.
Sometimes stories like that of Holocaust survivor Herman Rosenblat are indeed too good to be true. Here, some of the literary world's most shocking fakes
On the fiftieth anniversary of the historic Colts Giants NFL Championship game, TIME takes a look at the roster of players, coaches, referees and announcers who helped turn pro football from a niche sport into the true national pastime
Who and what got us into this financial mess? Here's my far-from-exhaustive list of the guilty
In honor of the latest hound flick to grace the holiday silver screen Marley & Me, based on the bestselling memoir by John Grogan, opens Christmas Day TIME takes a look back at film history's most memorable dog adventures
Seven films to while away the holiday, from Brad Pitt's Benjamin Button to Tom Cruise's Valkyrie
While you're wrapping gifts and preparing to feast with family and friends, ponder these bizarre Christmas facts
There's a thin line between a heartwarming and heartrendingly bad Christmas flick. TIME film critic Richard Corliss sets his sights on the latter.
From a Claymation Christmas to Frosty, Rudolph and the Grinch, TIME finds many of our most beloved holiday TV specials on YouTube
John Walsh founded America's Most Wanted after police failed to nab the person who killed his son, Bryan. But on Dec. 16, police revealed the killer's identity and officially closed the case
Mickey Rourke's critically acclaimed role in The Wrestler is just the latest in a long line of Hollywood comebacks. TIME looks at the most memorable.
From a groundbreaking American President to a historic economic collapsewith everything from the Olympics to Puppycam in betweenhere's TIME's comprehensive look at the year that was
When Iraqi TV reporter Muntadar al-Zeid hurled a pair of shoes at President George W. Bush, he joined a long line of protesters who went to great lengths to get attention
Mark Ingram became Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner Saturday night, snagging one of sport's most coveted pieces of hardware and the first for the storied program. Here's a look at TIME's top 10 Heisman winners
Richard Corliss's top 10 '50s sci-fi movies
Save big on taxes, fix your portfolio, and make smart use of IRAs
Ten great getaways to drum up the holiday spirit
As police search for the bandits who stole more than $100 million in jewels from an exclusive shop in Paris, TIME examines history's most daring heists
Millionaire heiress Sunny Von Bülow died Dec. 6 after nearly 28 years in a coma. TIME takes a look at some other notable victms
TIME examines the lives and times of the American auto industry's three biggest CEOs.
A guide to what you should see and what you should skip and what you won't be able to avoid
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the 21st Amendment, TIME looks back at the murder and mayhem of the Prohibition era
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama will become the the next leader of the United States but he won't be leading alone. TIME takes a look at the associates Obama has chosen to join his cabinet and his roster of senior advisors
Too many brands, not enough sales. How can they survive?
Grass to gas, antibody "kits," smart pills this year's crop of WEF Tech Pioneers could change our lives
New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress tried "Harris Smith" on for size. But which celebrities occasionally go by Zelda Zonk or Homer Simpson?
As Britney Spears prepares to release her latest attempt to recapture America's love, Circus, TIME looks back at the most notable comeback albums of recent decades.
Whether you're shopping for clothing, housewares or electronics, Cyber Monday offers the perfect online deals
Barack Obama? Gordon Brown? Michael Phelps? Click through the pros and cons of our finalists for Person of the Year and vote for the candidates you think are most deserving.
A collection of the best entertainment gifts to make your holiday shopping a simple task
A rundown of this year's most popular gift items, from the increasingly popular Blu-Ray player to good 'ole kitchen appliances.
While you're preparing, eating or sleeping off your Thanksgiving meal, ponder these bizarre Thanksgiving facts
A nun, a priest, a lover, a cattle drover, a man who grows younger, a wrestler who won't quit, an interviewer and a former President, a bluesman, a gay activist, a happy couple and a band of brothers. By Richard Corliss.
Nearing the end of his tenure as President, George W. Bush granted several pardons on Nov. 24 including that of Grammy-Award-winning rapper John Forte. TIME takes a look at some of the most controversial pardons of past presidencies
Sean Penn stars as Harvey MilkAmerica's first major openly gay politicanin Gus Van Sant's new biopic Milk. TIME looks back at 80 years of "Based on the life of..." films.
When Japanese knuckleballer Eri Yoshida became the first woman drafted by a professional baseball team on Nov. 17, she joined an elite club of female athletes who have broken sport's gender barrier
The eggheads at MIT and Caltech have an illustrious history of upstaging rival schools and government officials
Nov. 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald at least, that's what the government wants us to think. A look at 10 of the world's most enduring conspiracy theories
TIME's annual alphabetical roundup of a sampling of those stories gives you an overview of the year behind and a hint of what might be in the one ahead.
A complete guide to the people, places and products that are changing our perception of luxury while influencing and inspiring savvy consumers around the world
On Nov. 15, Somali pirates seized a Saudi supertanker and $100 million worth of crude oil. TIME takes a look at the worst (or is it best?) pirates in history
The new First Family's codenames have been revealed. How do they stack up against some of history's better monikers?
Sometimes those purported to be the best and the brightest are anything but. In the spirit of not making the same mistakes twice, TIME examines some of modern history's less-than-fabulous Cabinet appointments
Nov. 17 marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of President Richard Nixon's his famous "I am not a crook" line at the height of the Watergate scandal. Flip through TIME's collection of other devastating political quotes
He's saved the world two dozen times, all the while flirting and cracking jokes, sipping martinis and playing cards. On the eve of Quantum of Solace, we take a look back at the age of Bond, James Bond
In the more than 20 years I've practiced orthopedic surgery, I have come to recognize some common problems that plague patients, many of which are generally preventable. Here are 10 pitfalls to avoid.
As the President-elect and his transition team think about whom to tap for top jobs in the Obama Administration, TIME looks back on a group of 20th-century Cabinet members who distinguished their offices
The Kennedy Center posthumously awarded this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to George Carlin. TIME takes a look at some of the legendary comedian's most memorable lines
On April 23 2009, Microsoft posted its first profit decline since the company went public in 1986. TIME looks back at some of Microsoft's biggest wins and its worst mistakes
There's no telling if the budding recovery in credit markets will stick, and at this point a recession appears all but certain. Here are 10 things to do right now to protect your financial future