The Gun Industry Gathers Their Latest and Greatest in the Nevada Desert

A space-pirate blunderbuss, subcompact 9mms, modern-day Tommy Guns, reflections on tragedy, and the lights of Las Vegas

Each year 60,000 members of the gun industry gather in the Nevada desert to show off their latest and greatest in hopes of impressing media while selling stock to gun dealers across the world. The highlight of this event is, by far, industry day at the range. It's a full day of shooting every gun imaginable from every gun company imaginable—a gun enthusiast's paradise.

Relationships in The Desert

Review: 'Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States since FDR,' by Bruce Riedel

Navigating the myriad complexities and cross currents of U.S.-Saudi relations since the end of World War II is a daunting process even for experienced foreign policy analysts. That journey is made easier by Bruce Riedel's masterful new book, Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States since FDR. Currently a senior member at the Brookings Institution, Riedel brings decades of government experience from both the policy and intelligence sides to his work. Along the way he has dealt with countless Saudi and U.S. officials with direct responsibility for the bilateral relationship.

Israel Launches Heavy Syria Strikes After F-16 Crashes

Israeli security forces examine the remains of an F-16 Israeli war plane near the Israeli village of Harduf, IsraelJERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel launched its most intensive air strikes yet against Iranian forces in Syria on Saturday after intercepting what it said was an Iranian drone and the rare downing of an Israeli F-16 warplane.

Chicken Littles and Pollyannas

Review: 'The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World' by Charles C. Mann

The world is doomed—except when it's not. In fact, the world is roaring on toward brightness, getting better and better—except when it's not.