Boston Globe: Cullen Murphy '74 on Rome and America
We're not surprised when people aspire to the top job, and even admire them for getting there. But giving up that job, willingly -- that's a little unusual.Yet that is what Cullen Murphy did. After 17 years as managing editor of the venerable Atlantic Monthly, he took over the duties of editor in chief in 2002. But last year, when owner David Bradley decided to move the magazine to Washington, D.C., Murphy declined to go with it. Since then, he has taken a lesser editing job at Vanity Fair and written a book. "Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America."