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    1. The New Yorker
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    2. Newsweek
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    3. Harpers Magazine - Regular Ed
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    6. Mental Floss
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    7. Stanford Social Innovation Review
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    1. The New Yorker
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    Asin: B00005N7T5
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Conde Nast Publications Inc.
    Sales Rank: 33
    Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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    Founded in 1925, The New Yorker hardly changed for its first 60 years, both in its dry, type-heavy design and in its reputation as a writer's and reader's haven. In 1987 it was on only its second editor when management decided to shake things up. A rocky decade ensued, but The New Yorker is now back at the top of its game under David Remnick's editorship. Each issue offers commentaries and reporting on politics, culture, and events, with a focus that's both national and international; humor and cartoons; fiction and poetry; and reviews of books, movies, theater, music, art, and fashion. Several times a year special issues focus on a theme--music, fashion, business. The writing is mostly first-rate, frequently coming from top literary and journalistic talents. The New Yorker's weekly issues can seem overwhelming--so much good stuff to read, piling up so fast!--but it's as easy to dip in for a small snack as it is to wade in for a substantial meal. --Nicholas H. Allison ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Articles
    I have taken this magazine for about 2 years now, and personally, I enjoy it quite a bit. I am not a native of the New York area, nor have I any affiliations with the fine city. Personally I find the articles to be so well written in the New Yorker it is hard to put down. For me this means the first section of the paper is under appreciated, as its all about New York City, gossip and much more. The articles are of a wide varity of topics and often bring up points that may have had rolling around in your conscious but have never let them bubble up to the top. Fascinating articles can range from politics, famous lives of famous peoples, religious societies, and so much more.
    This magazine is great if you are a reader. Articles are wordy, and worthwhile. This isn't something your going to be reading just the highlights through. I hardly find myself able to finish a magazine before the next one comes. If you are open minded, and love to read quality articles that will make you think, this magazine for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The New Yorker - A Staple In My Home!
    I always find time to read the New Yorker - from cover to cover. I have been subscribing since the early 1990s, and the high quality of writing, and the subject matter are nonpareil. I especially enjoy the political articles, national and international, written by topnotch writers, and the weekly features are first-rate. The clever cartoons crack me up, as do features like "The Inane Ad of the Week." The reviews on film, literature, music, art, and theater are some of the best, and most credible.

    The fiction and poetry sections are almost always to my literary taste. Since I live in Manhattan, I do appreciate the local listings, and information. But I would still subscribe if I lived in Kansas, just because this is a provocative magazine for intelligent, thinking people - and fun to read too!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing and Still the Best Humor
    I have read the New Yorker on and off for 40 years - but that does not qualify me as an expert. Last year I finally started subscriptions to both the New Yorker and the National Review. Both of these magazines have a lot to offer, but the New Yorker seems a less intrusive and a little more subtle - as NR readers will well understand. I did not continue my NR subscription since it is too partisan.

    The writing in the New Yorker is impressive, and articles such as those on the the Iraq war and the recent piece on Ahmed Chalabi were exceptional, no other way to describe it. Good work. A recent issue had a piece by Edmund Morris on Reagan, an article on Schwarzenegger by Connie Bruck, and a book review by John Updike. Just great and fresh stuff for a weekly.

    One minor complaint: too many advertising inserts. About 6 weeks ago the issue was 3/8" thick, half being advertising inserts, eight or nine thick inserts on cars liquor, electronics, etc. That ruined that issue and one could barely locate the articles among all the advertising clutter. I would rather pay a bit more and have less advertising.

    Otherwise a worthwhile weekly read.

    Jack in Toronto

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best magazine I have ever subscribed to. The coverage
    ranges from politics to fashion to entertainment and one thing that is not to be missed about the New Yorker is the movie reviews, I have been a subscriber for roughly more or less five years now and I have to tell you, the only movie reviews I disagreed w/them on were the Kill Bill movies but that is all beside the point, the writing is top notch, it is sophisticated yet not snotty, that is something to consider when you happen to have the beliefs I have but that again I beside the point, every issue contains short stories by very good writers and the poetry is fantastic as well, that is all I have to say, pick up an issue and if you like it, subscribe.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous magazine
    This is a fabulous magazine, chock full of information about every topic you can think of regarding the city, culture, important issues of today and more. ... Read more

    2. Newsweek
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    Asin: B00005N7RT
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Newsweek, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 34
    Average Customer Review: 3.16 out of 5 stars
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    News and commentary on developments in the nation and the world.Covers national and international affairs, science, sports, religion, business, medicine and & the arts.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great read...
    I have subscribed to many news magazines throughout the years, and I have let all the subscriptions expire with the exception of "Newsweek." I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this magazine. It contains broad as well as in-depth articles, book reviews, national & international stories, and entertainment news. When a story breaks on CNN, I always think to myself: I can't wait until my next issue of "Newsweek" arrives so I can read a well-articulated, thorough, reliable account of the news event. I highly recommend this magazine above all other news magazines. Also enjoyable are the columns, written by both conservative and liberal social & political commentators.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Magazine has stepped up to the challenges
    Since Sept. 11, the news world has gotten more challenging-more competitive as well. Among the leaders is certainly Newsweek, who has worked extremely hard and done very well in its investigations.

    By dumb luck, they ran an exclusive on John Walker Lindh. You know, that guy who fought for the Taliban? They got that story first-big congrats to them. They also discovered a movie-company scandal in finding a fake movie reviewer last year. As well, their carrying of political cartoons is good-they have picked the cream of the crop each week, and I continue to laugh hard.

    Writers such as Evan Thomas and Eleanor Clift write professionally, carefully, and vividly about the world around us. Thomas has written many articles related to Sept. 11, and has managed somehow to present each story in a different light. All in all, this is a very satisfying magazine.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Flashier than TIME
    After reading TIME for a while, it became boring. Newsweek is flashy, the cover stories arent so boring, and the format is better. For a news magazine, Newsweek beats TIME

    2-0 out of 5 stars OBVIOUSLY HAS A LIBERAL SLANT.
    Newsweek has an obvious liberal slant. It seemed like 9 times out of 10, the articles had a left-wing bias. So if you're in to "journalism" with a liberal agenda, this would be for you. My subscription just ran out and I will not be renewing it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    "Newsweek" is great! Form the cover stories to the regular sections, it has a great variety to catch you up on the week's news. For the "Prosepectives" section to the "Test Drive" and "Tip Sheet." The magazine brings the week together and entertains at the same time. I love "Newsweek" it is a great wat to stay current! ... Read more

    3. Harpers Magazine - Regular Ed
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    Asin: B00005N7QO
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Harpers Magazine Co
    Sales Rank: 28
    Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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    Literary, brainy, and left-leaning, Harper's Magazine is an American institution (the first issue was dated June 1850). Its clean, type-heavy design shouts "serious readers only": many pages are two columns of text, period, and the illustrations are mostly art (often photographic) and artistic adornments. The reading, though, is what matters. It's substantive and often sublime. Along with lengthy, thoughtful, frequently controversial articles on politics and culture, you'll find essays, short fiction, in-depth reporting, and a few book reviews. Bylines routinely represent leading writers and thinkers of the day. Standing features include the much-copied but rarely equaled "Harper's Index," in which statistics tell stories; "Readings," a section of excerpts ranging in length from a few lines to thousands of words; and "Annotation," in which a real-life document is reproduced and "explained," usually to devastating political or cultural effect. Each issue is a full meal for the mind. --Nicholas H. Allison ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest literary periodical in existence
    I finally received a subscription to this amazing magazine as a gift, and I've read my first issue cover-to-cover over the span of two days. This month's (February 2003) issue includes, among other things, an essay on the inevitable doom that humans will eventually face when our planet experiences its next major cosmic collision.. Unless, of course, we manage to annihilate ourselves via environmental, militaristic, pathological, or technological means, pre-empting the arbitrary extinction caused by an asteroid or comet.

    Every issue of Harper's contains excellent essays, fiction, political discussion, and of course the Harper's staples, such as the Index. Many of the stories and essays win major literary prizes such as the O'Henry award, and get included in high-profile anthologies such as the *Best American* series. Certainly, for a writer, if you are chosen to appear in Harper's, you are at the pinnacle of your craft.

    Although the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and many other smaller literary magazines consistantly offer excellent content and visually pleasing formats, Harper's seems to lead the pack -- maybe because of it's no-nonsense approach, limited advertising, regionally non-specific content, and diversity of topics. The fact that Harper's is aided by a non-profit organization must contribute to its quality; certainly any independence from advertisers can only improve the open-endedness and creativity that Harper's excels in.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Magazine I've Ever Subscribed To
    I ordered Harper's from Amazon nearly a year ago and I have come to treasure each issue for its unique blend of essays, art, and literary criticism. My subscription has become a de facto extension of my liberal arts education, as the magazine's pages are graced with politics, history, literature, and the arts.

    Each issue features an essay from editor Lewis Lapham, an essayist of the same caliber as Gore Vidal. Lapham's style and vocubalary are extraordinary, and his writing is often laced with biting satire.

    The magazine is illustrated with contemporary art from galleries across the United States, and includes informative features like the "Harper's Index" and the "Readings" section (garnered from documents in the public domain). Each issue usually includes two serious book reviews, sometimes stretching across several pages of small, dense type.

    A subscription to this indispensible magazine will enlighten and entertain, equipping the reader to understand the contemporary world.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Variable
    During the 1980s and 90s Harpers decayed badly from a journal of literature and opinion into a collection of short pieces and meaningless charts- sort of a journal for the literary pretentious with a short attention span. During the late 90s and the early part of this century, an effort was made to recreate the old Harpers.

    Gone now are the annoying fragments and pointless tables, but the quality of the writing is still variable. At its best, Harpers still trails far behind The Atlantic, and at its worst it's pitifully sophmoric. I'll try it again in a few more years.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Quality has gone down dramatically
    I used to be a subscriber and an avid reader. Recently, perhaps in the last two years or so, the quality of the writing has become rather poor. The selection of articles is uninteresting, and sometimes half the articles themselves are so poorly written as to be unreadable. The fiction is simply mediocre, and the entire magazine seems to be infected with editor Lewis Lapham's shrill and ever-growing Notebook (does the man ever have anything interesting or original to say?). In short, Harper's is not the magazine it once was. I would suggest the Atlantic Monthly if you want a magazine that is interesting, informative, and well-written, cover to cover.

    1-0 out of 5 stars For culturally esoteric people only
    I was bored by this magazine. The artistic analysis and views were useless to me. I have a feeling a small group of people into arts and culture would love it. Not for a casual reader hoping to be entertained. ... Read more

    4. Time
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    Asin: B00007BK3L
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: The Time Inc. Magazine Company
    Sales Rank: 108
    Average Customer Review: 3.01 out of 5 stars
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    National and international news, behavior, books, business, cinema, law, education, environment, modern living, music, nation, press, religion, theater, video and world.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Superficial and biased, but has its good points
    Like its main competetor, Newsweek, Time is a superficial and biased magazine that adds litte to the public's knowledge or understanding of the important issues of the day. The magazine has a very noticable left-of-center bias, but its biggest bias is for simplicity. Time's coverage of issues like global warming, taxes, and the budget rarely go beyond the talking points of the politicians and pundits. And you'll almost never find any story in Time that isn't covered by every other news media outlet.

    It's coverage of (non-political) cultural and entertainment is Time's primary redeeming quality. For example, I liked its coverage of Star Wars Episode II and the stories it ran prior to the movie's release.

    Save you money and don't buy this magazine unless you're a big time news junkie who reads magazines from all over the political and social spectrum. If this is the case, then you can read Time to know what the mindless talking points of the day's issues are.

    5-0 out of 5 stars TIME IS TOPS...
    Glossy and well designed, Time is a weekly news magazine that gives a succinct summary of all national and international events. It gives about as much in depth coverage as one may expect of a weekly magazine. If there is any lack in depth, at times, it is because time (no pun intended) is of the essence in much of its reporting. Many of the stories are on going and are further developed each week, as more information becomes available, and put together as informative, well written articles or essays. I find them to be less slanted politically than those found in Newsweek, its prime competitor.

    In addition to national and world news events, Time also covers business, the arts, and more personal issues, such as health. It follows and notes social trends and reports on them to its readers. Its articles are often accompanied by first rate photographs and illustrations. All in all, it is a value packed, first rate news magazine and, as a subscriber, I look forward to receiving it each and every week.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Be careful, 28 issues/6 months only
    At almost same price elsewhere, you can get a FULL YEAR subscription. Try or!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sensationalist Entertainment for the Masses
    I subscribed to Time for a few years, then I discovered The Economist. The difference is enormous.
    While Time is rather parochial, the other is truly international. Where Time writes about whatever subject happens to be popular at the time, The Economist offers comprehensive coverage weighed in order of its political and economic significance.
    If you want entertainment, buy Time. If you wish to be well informed, buy The Economist.

    2-0 out of 5 stars People Magazine for Politics
    First off, Time has excellent, creative and opinionated essayists. But article writers are creative as well, to the detriment of straight coverage. Take, for example, Time's latest cover story on Condi Rice. The second paragraph says Rice's running around to get her story to the press is akin to P. Diddy bragging about his marathon run. 1) I didn't know P. Diddy ran a marathon. 2) What if I didn't even know who he is? 3) Do I need to learn of P. Diddy's sporting life in a 9/11 - Rice story?! The same story, fourth paragraph, says Rice's prior coverage would make Donald Trump blush. Again, 1) Does Trump blush? 2) Do I need to this to learn of Rice and national security?! A story in the same issue compares a *baseball player* to a diplomat and Clinton, and throws in the ubiquitous "Kennedyesque." It seems fame of *any* type is the great equalizer.

    Pop culture references are increasingly apparent in "serious" stories, add nothing to understanding, and act as mental roadblocks. TIme is beginning to have more "flair" than Jennifer Aniston's character in Office Space. See, I can do it too... but it's pretty silly.

    Isn't there enough People style coverage elsewhere in Time without it bleeding into political coverage? Time shoud leave the pop reference to specialists (and maybe originators) like Maureen Dowd, Dennis Miller, and pure entertainment magazines. If you like writers who slip in how much TV they know, get Time. (And many political story themes are "how did (or will) this politician or policy play on TV?"). For depth, get a book or journal of opinion from The Nation to National Review. For entertainment, get People or Time. ... Read more

    5. The Economist
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    Asin: B00005NIP1
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: The Economist Newspaper Group, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 55
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    A weekly newsmagazine of world politics and current affairs, business, finance and science published in London, England.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Magazine
    To date, this is the best, most informative weekly publication I have encountered. The Economist never fails to cover the stories that really matter in the world, whether they are flashy or not. Including politics, technology, and the arts, as well as economics, it delves deeper and argues more rationally than any other magazine or newspaper available.
    Like all newspapers and magazines, it has an angle. As its editors freely admit, it was founded in the 19th century with the express purpose of promoting globalization and free trade around the world- a mission which it continues to this day. Many people mistakenly label the Economist as "conservative". The term "liberal" is only used to label those politically or socially (as opposed to economically) left-of-center in the US. In Britain (the home of this magazine), "liberal" refers to economically liberal- e.g. pro free-trade- a stance more often associated with the right, at least in America. It is also a uniquely American custom to mix social mores up with politics- a path rarely (if ever) followed in Britain. (Many Brits consider it absurd, for example, that the debate about abortion in the States is actually in the hands of lawmakers and the judicial system, making it a debate about 'right' and 'wrong' rather than safety and feasability). Thus, this magazine takes its stands in this British tradition. It is not steeped in what Americans consider conservative mainstays- Christianity, "traditional" values, or naked hatred toward the welfare state as the root of all evil. Judgments are rationally made on sound (usually economic) policy, nothing more.
    I describe myself as a social liberal and, though I have, on rare occassions, disagreed with some of the stances taken by the Economist, I have never seen a piece of writing between its covers which I considered unfair, or which drew unfounded conclusions. (Perhaps it helps that I am also pro-global free trade). Rather than a (American-term) conservative mouth-piece, I find this publication refreshingly level-headed and non-partisan. It is unfortunate there are not more such news sources available.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best news and analysis, worldwide coverage, int'l viewpoint
    The Economist is simply the finest magazine I have encountered. 11 sections with 5-10 full page articles each: Leaders, Europe, Britian, International, United States, The Americas, Asia, Business, Finance & Economics, Science & Technology, and Books & Arts.

    Makes Newsweek, Time, US News look like People. Encompasses many of the macro business and economic issues of Business Week or Forbes and the technology topics of Red Herring.

    Don't expect cute pictures and regurgitated news, but rather in-depth analysis and blunt but supported opinions. (...)

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you had to choose only one ...
    Everybody knows that to become and remain even minimally educated you must read the Economist every week without fail. But the editors make it so damned difficult ... there's always one must-read special section but all too often there's more than one. I don't know how they can get so much good copy written, so regularly; but they make the duty of reading it all awfully difficult.

    5-0 out of 5 stars There is a reason it costs $219 a year
    They can charge that much because it is a superior publication in every regard. They have to charge that much because there are very few ads. I do not deign to call this publication a magazine. It is more a chronicle of current issues and the relevant data. It is extremely heavy on fact, and I find myself better informed on many issues than other periodical readers. The Economist's point of view is neither that of an American liberal nor that of an American conservative, but rather a particularly British liberalism, one more akin to classical liberalism. Both Democrats and Republicans are bound to be challenged when encountering data and perspectives in this publication. This publication is the most globally focused I know, covering the US, UK, Asia, the Middle East, Technology, Business, Finance, and more very thoroughly. American readers will be delighted by the wry British humor scattered about in picture captions and stashed away in articles. If you want to find real data, and not just read op/ed pieces, this is a great publication, written for you, the intelligent generalist.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Forget TV, forget radio, forget all other news sources
    This has been my news source for years. So intelligent, witty, and always interesting random topics. Even their book review sections guide most of my other reading! ... Read more

    6. Mental Floss

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    Asin: B000085A6U
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Mental Floss Llc
    Sales Rank: 42
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The smart thing? subscribe to The Floss!
    i've been a big fan of mental floss since its inception. every issue continues to impress me and the magazine just keeps getting better. the magazine is not only funny and entertaining, but also a wonderful resource for anyone with a love of learning. there is no other magazine like it! i've shared this magazine with friends and family here in california and its been a huge hit out here. in spite of the magazine's fresh and somewhat irreverent appearance, people of all ages would appreciate its content. i highly recommend this magazine!

    im looking forward to the mental floss boardgame and calendar!

    5-0 out of 5 stars mental floss
    "mental floss" the cover says "feel smart again"--- you'll feel smart, you'll feel touched by some articles, and much of the time you'll feel a chuckle coming on.... This is such an entertaining magazine with contributors guaranteed not to be "ordinary." I love each issue. I have begun using "mental floss" subscriptions as gifts and don't plan to ever toss an issue in the trash..that's because each time I pick one up I find something new. Chock-full of interesting facts- yes, some are useless, all are informative, some are thought provoking, and MANY are funny, "mental floss" is the greatest new magazine.
    Highly recommended for everyone looking for something new and smart.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Thing In My Mailbox!
    I have subscribed to "Mental Floss" from the very beginning, and now look forward to each new issue anxiously. Founded just a couple of years ago by two former college roommates who wanted a fun, hip, urbane magazine to make them smarter with style, "Mental Floss" has become a huge success, and is one of the few new magazines that debut each year that is actually prospering.

    Each issue is loaded with information on interesting topics, from how common (or very uncommon) things work, to odd and unknown histories and biographies that you will not find anywhere else (and if you did, certainly not in as condensed and succinct a form as you will find here.) Without exception, the writers are literate, knowledgeable, and good humored.

    The things that you don't know will amaze you after reading this magazine. Try "Mental Floss", and I am willing to bet that you will be hooked. I know I am.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, but not too serious
    Finally! A magazine that does not insult your intelligence, but is still fun. This is not just another magazine full of whiners with good vocabularies. It will inform, but still laugh at itself. Fun reading for the thinking person, who doesn't care what Britney Spears is doing!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Be patient, it's worth the wait......
    For the disgruntled reviewer, when you order through it takes longer to reach the publisher. does state it will be 12-16 weeks, to receive your first magazine after you order. If you ordered in March, chances are you'll start with the June/July issue, as the publication is a bimonthly. Sometimes the double month's issue i.e. June/July is referred to as July. I'm betting you'll start with that issue. There may be some confusion, as far as when you are starting, as compared to what issue you are starting with.

    I have been a subscriber for a while, & expect the June/July issue to arrive towards the end of May, if the schedule remains the way it's been previously. The magazine, as well as the customer service is superior by far. Give it a chance, I'm sure you'll be "VERY PLEASED" in the long run. I've renewed my subscription up to the year 2007, I enjoy the magazine so much! Trust me, once you start receiving it, you'll be delighted! ... Read more

    7. Stanford Social Innovation Review

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    Publisher: Stanford Grad School Business
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    Presents the best ideas in nonprofit management, philanthropy & corporate citizenship.
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    8. Mother Jones
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    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Mother Jones
    Sales Rank: 69
    Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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    Presents articles dealing with national news, investigative reporting, commentary, the arts as well as articles on health, the environment and book reviews.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A top News magazine
    Unlike TIME or Newsweek Mother Jones magazine is willing to take on the big corporations and the sacred cows of government. It has been a publication we have read for decades and is fair. Liberal for sure, but also fair. They took on politicians who were in the corner with the tobacco companies. People like then California Speaker and now San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. They have exposed the hypocrites who fight porn and the hypocrites within organized religion. They have been on the front lines on racial and ethnic issues long before the average "news" magazines gave a damn.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Magazine .....
    Mother Jones is one of the most well written and well researched magazines on the market. It rivals all other publications that stray from the mainstream (such as The Nation) and is filled with articles that are critical of all government policies whether they stem from the left or the right and offers extensive analysis of policy and cultural issues. It is , of course , not for all, but rather for those with open minds who do not submit to political dogma (preached either from the left or the right). I highly recommend this magazine.

    2-0 out of 5 stars pseudoscience
    I am interested in a REAL magazine of progressive politics and environmental conservation. Most of this is poorly researched invective.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Independent research is the only way to truth
    Mother Jones uses an independent research fund to pay their journalists for news articles and research. They do not allow advertising or parent companies to get between the truth and what gets published. If you want to be educated on what is going on in the environment and government, and corporate activity in regards to both, you should read Mother Jones. It is unbiased. The search for truth should not be labeled as a solely left-wing or liberal activity. And if it is, then shame on those radical conservatives who wish to disassociate themselves from something noble.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Where is the zero star rating?
    Are you kidding me!!! I have never seen a more biased "news" magazine in my life. Unfortunately for me, this magazine was a gift to me (obviously as a joke)and now I have been put on every socialist organization's mailing list and must put up with Dean's campaign propaganda.

    This rag is typical leftist dribble; blame everything wrong with the world on Bush and the Republicans. Of course, as with the liberals and the DNC, they offer no serious solutions, just blame. This magazine actually promotes radical socialism as if the world would be better under some Stalinist regime. No thanks, I enjoy my freedom. ... Read more

    9. The Week
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    Asin: B000066622
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Dennis Publishing
    Sales Rank: 221
    Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars There's more to life than the Washington Post
    You'd think a magazine that specializes in summarizing content from other publications (ostensibly from around the world) would harvest from a broader spectrum of sources--something beyond the endless citations of mainstream, mostly U.S. publications such as The New York Times and the Washington Post (I'd guess that a mere handful of such publications constitute the overwhelming majority of The Week's content). This is especially a problem for the political content, which would benefit if The Week offered counterpoints from more genuinely liberal, less corporate publications, such as Z Magazine, Mother Jones, etc. The magazine's cultural filler is pure Entertainment Weekly territory, and odd little features such as the one devoted to three or four top-dollar residential real estate listings place this magazine's demographic in a class-conscious, consumerist strata. Still, there's some attention-deficit value to the short, USA Today-style snippets of information assembled here, but it'd be a shame to look to The Week as a primary information source for news and culture. Too shallow, too conservative. Best left to the indoctrinated Time magazine crowd.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What the World Thinks
    The text is primarily excerpts from sources (articles, editorials and commentary) from around the world and is very illuminating. For example, reading what Pakistan thinks of US 'war' in Afganistan, direct from an editorial in a 'local' paper, puts things in a much broader perspective. Almost every article includes pro and con from various newspapers, magazine, internet sites -- its very balanced and thought proviking.

    And its all done in concise, quick-to-read format that, in total, is really quite comprehensive. Its one of the only news sources I read regularly and I believe it leaves much, much better informed for the hour or so I spend with it each week. (usually immediately aftre it arrives).

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Week is a Real Pleasant Surprise
    Yes, this is a fairly thin magazine, but it is packed with information taken from a lot of sources. I hadn't heard of this magazine until a few weeks ago, but I'm a fan. I don't have time to sit down and read a news periodical like the Economist, and I'm a bit hesitant of the politics behind some magazines. The Week seems to be pretty moderate in the news sources it pulls from, and there is usually a counterpoint to any point that's made. My favorite part is seeing what international journalists have to say about topical issues. While it's a fairly small magazine, I feel I get my money's worth because I read everything in it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Won me over, eventually
    I got a sample subscription to this slim news weekly. Do we really need another "Time" or "Newsweek"? I was surprised that I enjoyed every aspect of this magazine, from the real estate mansion-of-the-week pick to the news and arts. For a thin magazine, this has a lot in it. The writing is crisp and well-edited. I stopped reading news magazines long ago, preferring to cull my news from many services on the web. But I find I enjoy "The Week" quite a bit.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great American News Weekly
    Finally, a great American global weekly news magazine! The Week synthesizes the best qualities of The Economist, U.S. News & World Report, Time, and World Press Review, without overwhelming the busy reader. Why isn't this magazine in every bookstore? ... Read more

    10. Reader's Digest Large Print
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    3-0 out of 5 stars FOR THE VISUALLY CHALLENGED...
    This magazine is a compilation of articles and stories from other magazines. They run the gamut from science, medical, adventure, business, sports, you name it. It seems to focus somewhat on the inspirational and motivational. It also has numerous features that are sure to jar the reader's funny bone and are derived from the contributions of its readers. All in all, it is a nice little package of information and features that is sure to be read from cover to cover. It is a very mainstream magazine designed to have broad appeal and, consequently, is not intellectually demanding of its reader.

    Its large print enables those who are visually challenged to enjoy it. The only caveat is that this large print version is the size of a regular magazine rather than pocket-sized, as is the smaller print version. Still, this large print version enables those who had previously enjoyed the pocket version but who now, perhaps due to age, find its small print difficult to read, to continue to enjoy the magazine.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Expensive
    Although RD has always been a good read the large print edition contains less articles than the small print edition. I can't see why they need to charge DOUBLE the price ($30.)of a normal subscription ($15.). It seems that the people who need the large print the most can least afford the higher price.

    1-0 out of 5 stars RIP OFF
    I ordered this magazine for my mother in law for mother's day. It was never received. Very embarrassing on our part. Have emailed both amazon and reader's digest, no action taken. I found out later that my mother in law has tried and PAID for a subscription to this magazine twice before but NEVER RECEIVED IT! BEWARE! They are not trustworthy. Very disappointed in the magazine and in for handling it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a Large Print Magazine that isn't childish!
    For years Reader's Digest has offered a Large Print format, but it was more expensive, had less articles, and few, if any, photographs.
    Now, not only do they offer a Braille version (I rather doubt the photography there,buut since I have not yet read one, do not know if they use embossing instead), but the large print version is just as good as the usual bathroom read, without the eyestrain! I am thrilled with this change, as my vision deteriorates I know I can still keep reading "Reader's Digest"!
    They cull articles and quotes from a great deal of printed media, as well as encouraging readers to submit their own findings or experiences.
    Quotable Quotes is often amazing as to who said what, and Word Power is a challenge every single time. For inspiration, public awareness (Did you know you can write to a medical company for a small artificial breast to see if you are checking yours appropriately? Really!), a laugh of kindred humor, whether it be "Humor in Uniform", or "Life is the United States" (Which is now world-wide), or "That's Outragious!" (which points out cases of the Law vs. Justice), or just the tagline pieces at the end of articles; it's all good.
    This magazine tries to bring you the best of the best.

    Find your inspiration here, an alternative perspective, new ideas, concepts, and quite often, the chance for true insight into the lives of others.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Best Magazine Ever!!
    This magazine is very easy to read, and, the stories are actually interesting!! Stories about convicted murderers, life in the united states, true life stories, history, and scientific facts. You won't find a better magazine anywhere else! The moment I got the first issue I sat down and read all of it. Everything you expect in a magazine packed into one easy-to-read subscription. I highly reccommend it. The only thing that cost this magazine one star is that sometimes a few of the stories can be very boring, but everything else is terrific! ... Read more

    11. Utne
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    4-0 out of 5 stars a reader's digest for the liberal set
    UR consistently packs their pages with quality and diverse material.

    Their feature subjects are covered comprehensively and from several viewpoints. Other articles might not receive such thorough treatment, but still provide much food for thought. Every issue is a opportunity to learn something new.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For thinking people
    UTNE is a publication we got hooked on back in late '89.

    We jokingly refer to it as the thinking readers Readers Digest, since the articles aren't "feel good" but are articles that are meant to make the reader think. Articles that come from a variety of other publications and cover a plethora of issues and topics.

    It is a magazine that I find myself re-reading and re-reading past issues for months or years ago. And yes the publication is liberal or at least alternative lifestyle mode.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite magazine, or at least close to it
    I've been a subscriber of UR for about 12 years - most of the time since the mag. has been in print. As someone said, it's sort of a 'Reader's Digest for liberals', or possibly another good tag is UR's own subtitle 'the best of the alternative press'. But that still doesn't completely describe UR. Yes, it has a lot of articles culled from all kinds of other magazines, big and small, but it also has good original feature articles. Every issue (every two months) has a 'centerpiece' of a particular topic with several articles on that topic. There are also always interesting articles on all kinds of things, which was led me to read about things that I probably wouldn't have otherwise (Atlantic Monthly has done the same thing for me many times, but I only have so much time to read!).
    I'd highly recommend Utne Reader to intelligent, literate people who want to read news and articles on all kinds of things - political, environmental, social, economic, entertainment (the list goes on). Unlike a lot of media, UR doesn't have an American-only viewpoint, either. It's also fun. While many articles are on some serious topic, many are more fun, too, such as jump-starting your creativity, places to travel, etc.
    Believe me, there is so much in every thick issue that you wouldn't want this magazine to come out every month. Check out an issue!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Addendum to the other reviews on the first page
    Hello, this will be the third time in the last many years that I've received, and read, UR on a regular basis. I agree with most of the other reviews. However, what I find most outstanding about the magazine is how uplifting, and ultimately positive, it is. I subcribe to several dozen web sites, from the media from around the world, most of which are far left of "liberal." While I take everything that I receive, through all forms of media, with a very large "grain of salt," I do tend to put much more stock in what I read on the web than I do in what the mainstream media feeds us, especially that from the U.S. Therefore, as a result of that reading, I often feel sorrow, rage, cynicism, and/or depression. Utne's positive spin on issues, even when the subject is inherently distressful, inspires me, as almost no other form of media does (except, sometimes, music), to rise up out of any negativity that I may be indulging in, and take positive steps toward helping to make our world a better place for us all. For that, I am very grateful to everyone who is responsible for such a fine magazine. Thank you, Utne.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Like Reader's Digest, except for Liberals
    I love Utne Reader. A friend gave me an issue several years ago and I've subscribed ever since.

    When people ask me about it, I say "it's sort of like Reader's Digest" with lots of articles that have already been published in other publications. The difference is, the Utne staffers search through little known and not so common magazines for their stories. It should also be mentioned that Utne picks a topic for each issue. Here are some past topics:

    Imagine the America You Want March/April 2003 (Issue 116)
    The Future of Healing May/June 2001 (Issue 105)
    Great American Sellout November/December 1999 (Issue 96)
    Gender blur September/October 1998 (Issue 89)
    The future of love November/December 1996 (Issue 78)

    You can buy past issues as well.

    Utne is a forward-thinking magazine with liberal viewpoints. This may put people off. I find it refreshing. ... Read more

    12. U.S. News & World Report
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    News magazine full of current events and social issues. Articles, graphs, charts. Great for college level research, or for the person who wants to be up to date.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mr. B. was right
    In high school, my U.S. History teacher had the class subscribe to a newsmagazine. He said, "Time is written on a 7th grade level and Newsweek on an 8th grade level. You're all headed for college, so we will read a magazine written for people past elementary school: 'U.S. News & World Report.'"

    That was 1981 (yikes!), and I've learned that Mr. B. was right on the money. Topics are covered with diligent reporting with respect for the readers' intelligence. There are never any vapid topics, as U.S. News seems to be clear on its purpose.

    To top it off, John Leo is a hoot.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Clearly the best of some awful choices
    In terms of news magazines US NEWS stands heads and shoulder above TIME and NEWSWEEK. The bad news is that takes very little effort.

    In terms of ballance of its coverage it clearly is the best of the lot. Not Only does it have an incredibly even batch of opinion makers (Borger vs Leo), Zuckerman and Barone, but it is the easiest to read.

    It doesn't pretend to be a cultural icon and doesn't give off the nausiating wave of self importance that the others do. What it does do is report and for the most part report fairly. It is not without tilt, but the tilt is doesn't overcome the reader and it frankly doesn't appear on a regular basis.

    The hard news is hard news and the other features are usually not puff but of direct use to the avg person.

    Once can't talk about this magazine without talking about the various annual issues rating HMO's Colleges etc. All are incredibly useful and even for a non subscriber worth the green.

    The mini features such as Washington Whispers are fun and usually on target. The regular inclusion of a political cartoon per issue is a treat, and it seems to have a very complete debate in every letters column. And it's annual issue on religion is not condesending towards it.

    Before I started this review I gave the magazine 3 stars. It finished with 4. I suspect that as you read this magazine it will grow on you as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best News Weekly, Period.
    I received "U.S. News" as a gift subscription from a friend who knows me well. I was initially suspicious of a mainstream weekly news magazine, as most of them seem to be stilted leftist rags bent on exploiting suffering people to sell copies. I couldn't have been more wrong about "U.S. News". It is a treasure of unbiased, even-handed, and authoritative reporting and editorials. I had previously read "Newsweek" and "Time", and found them to be insufferably biased (especially "Time") and written at the level of a sixth grader in the case of "Time" or a ninth grader in the case of "Newsweek". Yes, each of those two occasionally produces informative and important articles, but with no regularity or predictability.

    "U.S. News" is not glitzy or exciting to read, but what it lacks in glamour it makes up tenfold in quality, authoritative reporting of truly significant stories. It caters to an educated audience, but it is always careful to be concise, yet factually, logically, and analytically detailed in all content. Neither politically correct, nor offensive, the editorial tone is truly that of a tolerant, fair, and balanced publication, while simultaneously keeping highbrow pretensions in check (which is the biggest fault of "The Economist") and never condescending to the readers.

    The editors of "U.S. News" do a fabulous job of honesty. Editor-In-Chief Mortimer Zuckerman frequently closes the magazine with the last page. Always balanced, his commentary is always well reasoned and worth reading even when you disagree with him. (For a perfect example of balance look to his editorial on Clinton's autobiography, "Life in the Rearview Mirror", July 12, 2004.) Michael Barone is another columnist always worth reading. His political and social commentaries are both insightful and thought-provoking. I am looking forward to reading his new book. Finally, my favorite of the routine contributors is John Leo. Leo's column, "On Society" is the best analysis of America with both faults and greatness deftly dealt with in some of the most beautiful prose ever written in an editorial column. I can't tell you how many of Leo's columns I have cut out, saved, and re-read over the years. He is a truly inspired thinker and writer.

    Certainly there are faults in any magazine with the breadth and depth of coverage that "U.S. News" has, but all the same, it is the one source of news about current events that I find trustworthy above all others.

    Thank you John, Michael, Mort and all the rest who make "U.S. News" the premier news publication in the world today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Debunking NAFTA
    I read Matthew Benjamins article on "The Issue Of Jobs"

    The response from the people in his article was that they were blaming the NAFTA and it's fallout on Bush. What they failed to realize was that by touting a vote for Kerry, they are going back to the same Political party that started NAFTA back in the 90's in the first place.

    Clinton's administration not Bush's was the one responsible for establishing and condoning NAFTA.

    We are stuck with it so make lemonade out of a lemon from Clinton's mistake. We have a dynamic economy and when people lose their jobs, they should take the inituative and seek a career elsewhere. That is what makes this country so great... so stand up people and instead of blaming the wrong person (President Bush) make something of yourselves.

    3-0 out of 5 stars True to Its Name: It's a Report
    I have subscribed to and read this magazine for almost one year, and have the following comments. I just don't receive much excitement, and seldom much enjoyment, from reading this magazine. I am not saying that the magazine is of poor quality - the writing and reporting is fair and objective. What I am saying is that this magazine flat out fails to hold my interest. It does what it says: it reports the news and does so more diligently and in more depth than any major newspaper (of course), but the only distinguishing features being better photography, less timeliness, and lesser scope.

    When I initially decided to subscribe, I narrowed the field down to Time, Newsweek, and US News. Having read all three in from time to time I finally settled on US News, based mostly upon readers' reviews here on I found most of the reviews very helpful, and in hindsight, most of them are right on the mark. That said, I add my own lackluster review only to contribute to the pool of views on this magazine.

    I intend to allow my subscription to US News to expire, and I don't intend to subscribe to any other newsmagazine of this type. ... Read more

    13. Foreign Policy
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    Presents articles dealing with the United States' attitude toward world affairs and current events.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars As good as Foreign Affairs, but with pictures too :)
    I am a big fan of Foreign Affairs magazine to which I have subscribed for five years. I find Foreign Policy to be very interesting as well, and I find that there is not usually an overlap of information between the two - rather they seem to supplement each other. Whereas Foreign Affairs is comprised of articles contributed from a variety of sources - politicians, professors, economists, ambassadors, etc - Foreign Policy is written somewhat more like a traditional news magazine, in that it deals with current issues - but like no other. The coverage is very in-depth, more along the lines of news coverage in the Economist or Foreign Affairs. I enjoy the area studies in this magazine, as well as the format in general. I find that I pick up FP and read it very quickly - the photographs are always well-done, unusual shots, and the use of graphs and charts (often to compare ways of life in one aspect or another between countries) make FP more easy to browse. I enjoy the internet news section, and sections such as Read Between the Lines and Think Again (like a transcript of a debate session for a given argument). I also enjoy the sociological tilt that this magazine has - it differentiates itself from other political and news magazines.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The above review is untrue.
    Foreign Policy is not owned by the Council on Foreign Relations.
    It is owned by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    5-0 out of 5 stars FP Deserves Its Excellent Reputation
    FP is published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Articles in the current issue (May-June 2004) are about al Quaeda, world trade in small arms, selling to the world's four billion poor people and American public opinion on Iraq, terrorism, North Korea and free trade.There are also articles on such subjects as saving endangered species and a comparison of Kerry and Bush on foreign policy. FP is marking the second anniversary of the magazine's ambitious attempt to rank the world's 21 rich countries on "how their policies help or hinder social and economic development in poor countries." First place on this year's report card goes to the Netherlands while the United States is ranked seventh.

    There are still other articles plus reviews and a lively letters section. The latter is devoted solely to reactions to an earlier article by Samuel Huntington on the impact on the United States from Hispanic immigration.

    The contributors include mostly academics with a sprinkling of journalists and other professionals. Some of the recent writers are Allen J. Hammond, C.K. Prahalad, Jason Burke, Steven Kull, Kenneth Rogoff, Minxin Pei, Tamar Jacoby and Patrick Buchanan. The articles cover timely topics and they are written in a highly readable style. The reader does not necessarily have to be an academic to enjoy this publication. FP definitely deserves its reputation for excellence.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Yawn. Provocative it is not.
    I find Foreign Policy to be a bit too cocky, dull, and long-winded. I subscribed hoping to find stimulating intellectual discussion, but Foreign Policy can't seem to shake its centrist shackles. Its articles are less well-researched and provocative than they are lengthy, and I was less than impressed with many so-called "expert" authors who seized the opportunity to publish op-eds rather than engaging original arguments. Foreign Policy's decision to feature Samual Huntington's bunk argument regarding the Hispanic "threat" to America on the cover is a case in point.

    On the other hand, Foreign Policy is not a bad read if it is considered supplemental. Just don't expect to be blown away.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Foreign Policy
    I visited the section on Magazines at -seems like they got thousands of them. Great.

    But on the selections called "international" there are only 5-6?? The whole world, and only 5-6 magazines ? Nothing on Asia, even while half the world's people live there!

    Besides that Economist Magazine, Latin Trade there where only 3 others offered. 2 of them where Jewish. The only one interesting to me is/was this "Foreign Policy". But that one takes a couple of months to get started and they will not even sent it outsite USA?!

    Often visiting book stores in the US I find those amazingly thin to nothing, on international matters. Except for cook books. I guess on Amazone on line is no different. USA is as inward looking as ever I supose. ... Read more

    14. National Review
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    Provides first hand reports on national, international, and cultural affairs with focus on Washington and other political hot spots.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Well Documented Articles And Analysis
    "National Review" is the premier conservative current events journal in the world today. The magazine is unapologetically conservative, yet has a frequent libertarian streak (note, for instance, the coverage of the marijuana legalization movement in the July 12, 2004 issue.) While I don't always agree with some of the positions taken, I always find the reasoning that the articles are based on interesting and worth reading. I appreciate that the magazine is up front about its conservatism, and does not go through the charade of pretending to be neutral on issues. If only "Time" and "Newsweek" on the left were as honest.

    The best sections of the magazine, for a quick news briefing, are "For the Record" and "The Week", conveniently located in the front of the magazine. Although I like and respect William F. Buckley, I tire quickly of the grammarphilic column "Notes & Asides" which deals largely with pointless debates on the subject of arcane grammatical rules. (Who cares?) That is really the only section of the magazine I tend to gloss over on a regular basis. "National Review" is particularly good as spotting inconsistencies in positions and political flip-flops. It is exceptional about covering (with well documented sources) liberal mainstream media bias. In particular the July 26, 2004 issue is particularly enlightening on the issue, running several interrelated articles on the subject dealing with everything from Reuters, which refuses to use the word "terrorist" in its stories as it is too prejudicial against...well...terrorists, to an excellent piece by Rachel Friedman on Peter Jennings, in which more than ample evidence of his rampant bias is evidenced. (Quote from Jennings: "My mother...was pretty anti-American. And so was I in some respects, raised with anti-Americanism in my blood, or in my mother's milk at least.")

    Some of the more negative reviews of the magazine note that some of the editors are Catholic. (For the record, I am not.) This seems to bother some reviewers inordinately, and I have to ask this: Why? Don't Catholics have as much right to express themselves as any other person of any other religion? Some of the editors are Jewish. So what? If they think and write well, and report accurately with documented sources, I could not care less, and don't see why anyone else should either. It has also been noted that John Kerry has been receiving a lot of attention recently in "National Review", which at least one reviewer thought made the magazine a mouthpiece for the Republican Party. I am a tad confused by that turn of logic, inasmuch as "National Review" is by definition a magazine that covers current political events, and right now, John Kerry is important news. Further along these lines, exposing flaws and inconsistencies in Kerry's statements does not make "National Review" a mouthpiece of the Republicans. It just seems that way because on all important issues and values the Republican Party and "National Review" agree. That is an important distinction.

    "National Review" is not a slick, glossy magazine designed to sell as many copies as possible by exploiting misfortune (if you want that, I suggest "Time"). It actually is a collection of very bright people writing incisive, important articles and commentary vital to the future of our country. I highly recommend "National Review".

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Record of the Right
    If I had to pick one magazine or book that affected my life the most, I would have to pick the National Review. I have had a subscription to NR for 6 years now and I never miss the chance to read through an issue. Even though it is a confessional conservative magazine, I think most people could agree that NR always has extremely unique and interesting viewpoints, expressed by a group of writers that is really unparalleled in the magazine world of today.

    Ever since 1955, when conservative patriarch William F. Buckley started the magazine, the right has really been defined by what is in the National Review. Some of the most important position and opinion pieces of the last 5 decades can be found in the pages of the review. If you want to know what conservatives are thinking, what they are planning, and how they see certain issues, you just have to read this magazine. If you are a conservative already, nothing in print can solidify your own position better than the review. Along with the educated opinion, NR does some really solid reporting on oft-ignored topics such as the Saudi influence on worldwide terrorism and the libertarian argument for drug legalization. This is a very good time to subscribe to NR, as they do tons of great writing on important topics such as the war on terrorism and the next steps for the Bush administration.

    The list of NR contributors reads like a who's who of the conservative movement. The old stalwarts are still present, such as W. F. Buckley and Kate O'Bierne, but there is a whole host of new writers that are really taking the magazine back to the glory days. People like Andrew Sullivan, Rich Lowry, David Frum, and Jay Nordlinger add their wonderful insights to this powerful magazine. Other, less frequent but no less enjoyable writers include classics professor Victor Davis Hansen and historian Richard Brookhiser. Also included are cutting political cartoons and various other humor articles that poke fun at our ideological opponents. NR is heavily influenced by the conservative Catholicism practices by some of its senior editors, but it does not make the journal less accessible to more secular readers. A lot of publicity has been hoisted on William Kristol's Weekly Standard and its power inside the administration, but if you really want to tap into modern American conservatism, NR is the best place to start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars tried and true, tops!
    National Review is legendary conservative opinion, now updated with progressive conservatives.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Premier Conservative Magazine.
    National Review is the most thorough journal of modern day conservativism. William Buckley has moved into retirement but Rich Lowry does an admirable job of being Editor in Chief. Their columnists and reporters are outstanding. Their stories are well-documented and they take their burden of publishing only the truth quite seriously. NR has recently become better looking with the addition of color photography. The covers of the books they discuss are replicated in color and Mark Steyn's essay in the back is adorned with a picture as well. Their snippets of news in paragraph form, which appear at the front, make for fast, informational reading and they'll be treasured by one's short-attention span friends if you pass them on. Also of note, is the digital version of the magazine which can be obtained on the cheap and downloaded or read online. I've had it for 4 years time and found value in every issue.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Partisan Politics
    I had a subscription but did not continue my subscription this year. In my humble opinion the last few issues were highly partisan and I thought the magazine was or has become a republican mouthpiece.

    I am a conservative and I enjoy the articles and especially the book reviews. Buckley is a fine writer. But when the cover has a picture of John Kerry on a Swift boat and three or four issues seem to be directed primarily at Kerry I know the magazine is not just conservative but it is a republican mouthpiece and has a nasty and unfair editorial streak.

    First of all attacking Kerry's war record is foolish. He volunteered to go to Vietnam, he volunteered to serve in a unit that had a 75% casualty rate, he received a number of medals including a Silver Star. My opinion is that he was an outstanding patriot to do that. The fact that he protested the killing of millions of Vietnamese after his Vietnam experience is now taken as a sign of weakness or mental instability is in fact all quite shocking and just dirty politics.

    You can attack Kerry on his record in the Senate, his character, his possible lack of ability to manage and build a team as did Reagan, or his lack of a core philosophy like Reagan, or his ability to create a vision and to lead, or to be out of touch with the average worker, and you can differ with his views - and for most people that is fair game. But when Bush served his time in the National Guard learning to fly, and when Clinton took the cover of an educational deferment at Oxford, and I have read that only one Congressman has a son or daughter in the Iraq conflict, then it is all quite morally wrong to attack Kerry on that point.

    In any case I refuse to pay for republican propaganda.

    My humble opinion as a former subscriber.

    Jack in Toronto ... Read more

    15. The Weekly Standard
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Want a brief overview of conservatism?
    I subscribed to this magazine for a short time. I was interested in the conservative perspective on political issues. I got bored with the magazine after a few weeks.

    Though I do not often disagree with the political views presented, I found most of the essays far too short and lacking in-depth discussion of either current events or the conservative slant. I would personally prefer a magazine that is more unabashed about going into great detail about the whys of issues and events, something that spends more time explaining and defending its position. The writers for the Weekly Standard seem to take it for granted that their readers are in complete agreement with them, and bypass argument, effectively going straight to conservative venting about political issues. There is a place in the world for publications like this, but it isn't quite what I had in mind.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better conservative publications
    Along with National Review, the Weekly Standard is one of the most popular and influential conservative magazines out there. While it tends to promote the same issues of NR (and even uses many of the same writers), the Weekly Standard tends to be the more partisan of the two. While NR often takes the more intellectual approach to the modern day issues, the Weekly Standard has always tended to go more for the gut. Both magazines, however, do an outstanding job promoting and defending conservative positions and, as a bonus, both can be wickedly funny. I especially enjoy the Weekly Standard's Scrapbook, a regular column where some of the more bizarre and inane actions of the left are given proper exposure. As well, the Weekly Standard's book and movie reviews are, at times, superior even to National Review's. As a magazine, the Weekly Standard is a must for conservatives and will probably be enjoyed by moderates (and perhaps even open-minded liberals) with a sense of humor. As for those you who are still bemoaning the results of the Florida recount and wishing Clinton could have had a third term -- well, I think Mother Jones is still looking for subscribers...

    5-0 out of 5 stars my favorite conservative magazine
    This is a top political journal for people of all stripes.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect.
    The Weekly Standard is not as strong as the National Review. That being said, it's tough to find much wrong with this magazine. Furthermore, as it is published about twice as often as NR, comparisons between the two are not just. As for editors, Fred Barnes is about as good as they get. He's a spotlight of cheer on Foxnews, and he is on these pages as well. Their book reviews are great and their parodies are the first thing you should turn to when you receive a copy (they're found on the last page). As for reporting, I can say without reservation that Matt Labash is the most entertaining investigative journalist in America today! I love his stuff and it's hard to resist telling your friends about all the things he observes while he's in the field. His, "Among the Puppeteers," was one of my favorites back in 2000. They have digital access for subscribers only and on Saturday mornings their site is the first thing I check for newsworthy articles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Conservative Journalism
    I have made it my mission to find a magazine that fits my own personal views as a secular, libertarian conservative, and no magazine I've come across thus far hits the mark like The Weekly Standard.

    I began with The New Republic while in college, but soon realized that I simply disagreed with TNR too often to continue after two years of subscribing. During law school, I sought refuge in the extrememly partisan National Review, but was often turned off by the extreme conservatism NR expounded. NR is simply too preachy and too Godly for my own tastes. To satisfy my libertarian leanings, I subscribed to (and still subscribe to) Reason - only to discover all-to-quickly that Reason's brand of "libertarianism" (if one can even call it that) is far, far from reasonable. Finally, I tried The Weekly Standard, and am impressed on a weekly basis (it's been about six months now).

    Timely, balanced, and more than fair, The Weekly Standard is indeed, in my view, the standard by which to measure all other conservative magazines. TWS is thorough, sober, and overall a pleasure to receive and read each week. The publication is of an overall quality that is simply unmatched, and the fact that it does indeed arrive weekly is fantastic.

    Just a couple comments about a couple other reviews about this product: First, the claim that NR is less partisan than TWS is perhaps the most incorrect assessment I've read in quite some time. With all due respect to that reviewer, I strongly disagree. In fact, TWS is actually less interesting at times when compared to NR, simply because NR is so intensely partisan (in fact, TWS can occasionally be BORING in its lack of partisanship). Second, another "reviewer" gives poor marks TWS based on some personal, emotional assessment of William Kristol and WMD in Iraq. Hmm... Third, the articles are rarely "short" by any comparative standard. Go right ahead and compare - TWS is one of the most thorough political publications out there, conservative or liberal. Fourth, the person who "reviewed" TWS claiming that it is poorly written and has absolutely no concept of what quality writing is, period. That is purely nasty partisan attack, and a false one at that. The comment on the "constitution" speaks for itself, as well as the prior point about writing.

    In all TWS is a very fine piece of conservative journalism. ... Read more

    16. Washington Post Weekly-National Edition
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Choice For The Time-Challenged
    Some time ago it occurred to me that I simply don't have the time to read an entire newspaper every day; and I was really sick and tired of all the newsprint blackening my fingers, clothes, dog, furniture and wife. Furthermore, my circumstances allow me to see a lot of what passes for news on CNN and Fox each day anyway. Now that I've lived with this subscription for the better part of a year, I can say in all honesty that I'm tremendously impressed and happy with it. I can almost always find a fascinating article to read of some kind, never quite finish all of it anyway, and have found my overall knowledge of important issues and events growing and being enriched by the fine journalists of the Washington Post. I also find many unusual and quirky topics to pique my interest within each issue, as well as provocative editorials and excellent book reviews. And finally, I have made it a point to assimilate the beltway's unique jargon and lexicon which adorn the pages, and have grown in this sense by leaps and bounds over the course of my readings. Gets my highest recommendation!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent weekly -- don't compare it to dailies
    Readers who seek a daily newspaper will be disappointed with the Washington Post Weekly Edition. Readers who are seeking a weekly news journal with great journalism and analysis will like it. It is much better for political journalism than Time, Newsweek, etc. I consider the content to have many of the same stellar qualities as the Christian Science Monitor (a small daily newspaper, but since it comes through the US Postal Service, you get it late, which is a significant disadvantage): really good analysis and really good writing, covering both the mainstream topics that lead the daily newspaper stories as well as good feature articles. It also has the same fine coverage of Washington politics found in the WP daily newspaper. (Not surprising, of course, but worth a mention.)

    The WP Weekly contains some articles that are digested from the daily Washington Post. Some of its content is unique to the WP Weekly. The result is a nice mix. Absent are what we used to call "death toll" articles when I did high school forensics -- the stories that give you an update, but do not focus on analysis. For some who seek daily news, this is a disadvantage. If you are looking for a good weekly overview, however, with high quality, at a reasonable price, I highly recommend the WP Weekly. It is a tremendous step up from the most weekly news magazines in the U.S.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent analysis
    I read this religiously. It puts other celebrity-centered newsweeklies like Newsweek and Time to shame. In depth articles of events and good feature stories.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Worst
    Unless you are running for political office, why would you read this rag. Totally washington-centric, with a token smattering of national and international news. The New York Times is much better, as, for that matter, is USA Today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional writing from the Capitol
    This weekly edition is perfect for those of us that don't want to shell out the several hundreds of dollars a year it would cost to get the daily print edition (those of us in Arizona). I subscribe to the daily internet version and this one, which gives you a good wrap-up of the prior week with the best of the best. Some people have complained about the time factor with when you receive it. To those people, I would like to introduce you to the internet. Strange as it may seem, you can access news that you need right away. Anyways, this is a great WRAP-UP of the previous week (something to remember) and is highly recommended to all that are considering subscriptions. ... Read more

    17. Paris Match
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Magnifique!
    Paris Match is the Life, Time, Saturday Evening Post, People of France.
    I first got to know Paris Match in Paris, Nov 1963, when the cover announced "La Mort de Kennedy".
    I have known it ever since and find it to be the next best thing to being in France. ... Read more

    18. Reason
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    Articles and interviews that explore the ideas and issues of individual liberty; the magazine of free minds and free markets.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A voice of clarity
    Reason cannot be labeled conservative or leftist. Nor is it an extremist libertarian magazine like Liberty, fawning over Ayn Rand. It bases its commentary on the assumption that, if we have some faith, our chaotic culture will lead somewhere good. But if we try to monitor and control it excessively, we will dampen human creativity and end up muddled and conflicted. Reason takes on all aspects of culture and assumes an international perspective. Its arguments are laid out carefully but contain a percolating sense of indignation at our increasingly repressive environment. At the same time, they are more informative than polemical; each report is grounded in specifics - quotes, anecdotes, studies. This is the most intelligent and inquiring "political" journal available. If only it came out more often!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A magazine unlike any other
    Reason is one of the best magazines out there, hands down. Origionally just a libertarian political magazine, Reason has spread to cover politics, culture, the environment, economics, and social issues. The libertarian perspective is a breath of fresh air in a market dominated by liberal and conservative viewpoints. A must read for anyone who considers themselves braod-minded.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A+
    Reason is never afraid to show opposing views. It allows you to see things in a different light. It is also nice to be able to read a magazine with articles that are greater than 3 pages!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Two-Star Quality, Quantity
    I am somewhat surprised to see how may glowing reviews there are already with respect to this magizine. Here is a short-list of why I am routinely unimpressed with it.

    1. Overall libertarian ideas are routinely half-baked. One of the problems with libertarianism is its tendency to cross-over to the irrational on a wide variety of issues. Two contemporary examples are the recent debates over Homeland Security vs. Privacy and the First Amendment vs. Decency in the Media. REASON magizine's articles in these to areas - just as an example - are strikingly poor because they simply fail to understand that niether privacy nor free speech are absolute, as if any infringement upon either is some kind of assault upon our civil liberties. Sadly, REASON mag often advocates a far to extreme (i.e., completely UNreasonable - to say nothing about constitutionality) position on these issues.

    2. Writing quality. Only a few regular contributors to REASON appear (to me) to be of serious quality skill intellectually, let alone have a serious grip on libertarian thought. Articles are often written in a format that reminds me of a freshman undergraduate position paper, replete with curse words to boot. Seriously now, is that necessary? F-bombs don't need to be spelled out, and using S-bombs is just tasteless. I'm no prude, but in print? Come on already.

    3. Writing quantity. It is bad enough that this magizine is monthly, but the relatively small amount of well-thought-out articles in each issue leaves me routinely unsatisfied. Those articles that are well-done, however, have really low word-counts, which kills each article's scope. There is a ton of fluffy nonsense/silliness in each issue, which doesn't contribute to serious libertarian thought whatsoever.

    4. Overall design. The magizine is unseemly to anyone other than a fan of far-out postmodernist art. Color-schemes appear to be selected for their incompatibility, and rarely if ever cohere well together. (I am fully aware that literary quality shouldn't play a large role in the marketplace of ideas, by the way, so let the reader be aware that I don't give REASON's ugliness very much weight.)

    All that negativity aside, there are some very well done pieces in this magizine. The problem is that these works of quality are so few and far between and are usually too short. In any event, I don't plan on renewing my subscribtion, and I certainly don't recommend this magazine for the serious libertarian.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lost Some Luster But Still Important
    For those of you with a Libertarian bent, this is a must-read. It has, as some reviewers claimed, lost some luster. It lacks the total Ayn Rand Libetarianism of, for example, "Liberty", which is a pure delight.

    But Reason contains some good reading and we do not need a pure diet of left, right or libetarian. We can, after all, think for ourselves. We don't require a magazine to do that.

    Reason is one of the best for truthful, yet often opinionated reporting.

    Susanna K. Hutcheson

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    19. Guardian - Weekly Ed
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    5-0 out of 5 stars World's Greatest Newspaper
    I've subscribe to the Guardian Weekly for about a year now. It's an amazing piece of work: balanced, yet editorially opinionated; serious at times, yet very funny. The Guardian - and its accompanying Guardian Weekly published for its international readers - is the best thing written in the English language. As far as newspapers are concerned, the Guardian is in a league by itself. Those of us from the States have access to some high quality papers such as the NYT, WP, and WSJ. The Guardian, however, exceeds all these three in terms of range of coverage and quality of writing.

    Since the daily Guardian is printed in the UK, I don't have easy access to it. Therefore, I read some Guardian articles online. To really get a feel for the paper, international readers can subscribe to the Guardian Weekly. The publishers compile numerous articles from the week and print them in the Weekly. Printed in Britain, Canada, and Australia, the tabloid-sized paper arrives quickly and freshly relevant. Its relevance is bolstered by the fact that so many of the issues and angles covered in the articles aren't often found in the domestic media. US news and international affairs are covered very well.

    I learn more about my own country from the Guardian Weekly than I do from CNN, USA Today, and Fox News combined. You'll be glad that you subscribed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good to understand the world, if you can stand their bias
    The Guardian is one of the best newspapers in the world. Beautifully designed, great pictures and amazing content. It is one of the most internationally-thought newspapers around, and it gives you a different perspective, other than The New York Times' or the Washington Post's. But, and this is a big BUT, you have to understand that everything is being written with a bias towards the left. I've come to understood that when they started to show their love for Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez. Anyway, it is an important read for understanding world affairs. ... Read more

    20. The Wall Street Journal
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pricey, but high in quality.
    While it won't make you smarter or guide you down the path to success (no matter what the television ads may say), The Wall Street Journal is a periodical that is indeed worth the paper it is printed on.

    The articles are well written, and are all but guaranteed to contain the relevant information of the business world and beyond. If the Nation is talking about it over breakfast each morning, and the news networks are making use of their valuable "air time" to cover the story, then you can bet that the Journal is covering it too, and usually from a much deeper angle. When important news hits the airwaves today, it is prudent to check the journal for the "real story" tomorrow.

    What may surprise most of you who are new to the journal is the range of topics found throughout the paper, as it isn't just a daily tally of the world of stocks. From entertainment to computing, it's all there (after all, business encompasses quite a bit).

    If there is one drawback to the Wall Street Journal, it has to be the price point. Compared to most papers, the journal isn't cheap by any means. Overlook this though, and you'll not only catch up on some excellent reading, the boss might see you looking at it and become "inspired" by your intellect and give you a promotion and an office with a window.


    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Paper to Start the Day
    You could read the New York Times, the Washington Post, or USA Today, and get a reasonable feel for what's happening in the country. But if you want the best insight into finance, business, and the world economy, the Wall Street Journal is the way to start the day. Its news pages are clean, concise, and cover business news that other major papers catch the next day.

    But it's more than a finance paper -- there are frequently personal stories of life in America, both on Column 4 of the front page, the front of the Marketplace section, and in Friday's Weekend Journal.

    My only gripe is with the paper's extremely conservative editorial page, but it's interesting and provocative nonetheless.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Newspaper is great, Synpase Services is not!
    I found that the newspaper was exactly what my previous revieweres had described, a journal of world events which have a potential impact on the Wall Street stocks, bonds and funds. Don't expect a complete news coverage but coverage of events relevant to the business world. All in all I am very happy with the quality of reporting.

    What I am not happy with is the service provided by Synapse Services. Their local contractor in the South Bay Area, California did not deliver the journal on July 2nd and July 6th, 2004. When I called to ask about this, Synpase was not able to provide me with any useful information, and was not able to tell me if the newspaper was not delivered or was stolen instead. They did not make any effort to get to the bottom of the issue but instead advised me to wait for another day to see if service resumes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Newspaper in the US
    Every newspaper has a political orientation of some sort, and the WSJ is no exception; what differentiates the WSJ from every other mahjor newspaper in America is that it has a wall between News and Editorial sections. There's probably no other paper in the world whose news reporting is as free of politics, and that's part of what makes it such a great source of unbiased news and information.

    The Op-Ed pages are also a treasure, particularly if you do subscribe to the Journal's libertarian-Republican point of view. And even if you don't it's always worth learning what the other side says. Leftists are well represented in the person of Al Hunt, whose weekly commentary keeps the reader abreast of what's current in Democratic circles. Writers from all sides are regularly represented in guest columns, too; last week's paper had an essay by Lech Walesa on the role Ronald Reagan played in supporting Solidarity and the Pope in the early days of their struggle againt the Polish government.

    I've begun almost every weekday of the past twenty years with a cup of coffee and my copy of the WSJ. I can't imagine changing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Magazine in America
    Yes, technically the WSJ is a newspaper but frankly, it's really the best magazine in America right now.

    For those who think it's just an expanded version of your home town paper's business section - you are missing out on quite a lot.

    There are hundreds of magazines in America that don't cover as much ground in a monthly issue as the WSJ covers in a day EVERYDAY.

    Obviously, there is lot of business news that everyone who is a manager at any level should be reading - but more importantly, it's information that is personalized. It's not just business news but how it affects your life or the lives of your neighbors. And perhaps, surprising to many - it is the most objective coverage out there. They are not "on" any side, they cover it all fairly and get both sides (or more sides) to every issue. They are not afraid to cover controversial topics such as out-sourcing or sweatshops. They cover it all in great detail and with knowledgeable perspective from all sides. They don't pull any punches and risk alienating advertisers on many features. They were early and covered corporate transgressions honestly and thoroughly - people might think of them as Wall Street's home town paper but they put journalism and their readers first.

    But beyond the first "news/business news" section, it only gets better. Their features on marketing, travel, personal finanace, et al simply cannot be beat. Walter Mossberg is amazing. No one else who writes technology has the courage to actually use new technology as a "normal" person would and then tell us as it really is - if it's great, if it's useful or crap. He pulls no punches and sees right through the hype and the PR. Great stuff.

    Even their sports and movies coverage is on target and fun - maybe the last place you'd expect to find such personality. They also have running feature where they do testing on everything from foods to tires to vacations. Each test and review is the equivilient of CONSUMER REPORTS - honest and detailed.

    The WSJ packs more into each issue each day than 99% of the magazines in America do each month. It is news, entertainment, and fun knowledge EVERYDAY.

    As for the so called conservative viewpoint - the editorial is one thin page in a 150-page coverage of news, business & life. Personally, I barely notice that page just as I notice there's a page on mansions for sale - neither interest me but then again, there are only about 300 other interesting features to get to first.

    Quite simply, you are dumber without reading the WSJ everyday.*

    *(okay, it's not published on financial holidays and weekends :-) ... Read more

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