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The Economist
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The Economist is a global weekly magazine written for those who share an uncommon interest in being well and broadly informed. Each issue explores domestic and international issues, business, finance, current affairs, science, technology and the arts. Your paid subscription to The Economist also includes unlimited access to Economist.com and our searchable archive.

Customer Reviews:

  • Brilliant. And concise.
    Having read the Economist for several years now I didn't realize how their writing had spoiled me until I sat down with a NY Times. The Economist conveys more information in 5 paragraphs than the NYT does in 5 pages. When you're sick of ego driven, paid-by-the-word drivel, grab the Economist. The obituaries alone are often worth the price. This is the gold standard and well worth your time and money. ...more info
  • A teenager's perspective
    I have always been interested in keeping up with current events. As a child, foolishly, i used to watch Fox News, thinking that it was a gem. As I got older and my intellectual capacity started increasing I started becoming disgusted with cable news, which most of the times seems like a circus show.

    I started reading the NY times and the Economist and found that, when bundled up together, I could get a clear picture of pretty much everything going on in the world very easily.

    What other people have said of The Economist is true: it's not written for the average, spoon-fed American. It takes work to plow through this stuff. However, I've found that it has helped me tremendously in almost every aspect of my life (I know, how cliche!)

    Perhaps the most tangible way it has helped me is with my English and writing skills. Now, English is not my first language (and when i started reading the magazine my brain would fry before i could get through a fourth of it). Getting through this magazine has helped me become a better writer and reader (i can think critically now, in English!). This was so noticeable that when i retook my SAT's a year later after discovering this Magazine my score jumped from a 470 in Critical reading to a 640 (out of 800) and my writing score jumped from a 500 to a 700 (out of 800). The articles College Board made me analyze seemed like a piece of cake compared to those of The Economist.

    For the record, i wrote my SAT essay about Obama. I got all the information for it from the Economist.

    LESSON: gift this subscription to any SAT anxiety filled teenager you know! (trust me, there are many.) He or she will be grateful.

    The economist has taught me so much about so many different areas. I confess, i feel like an "intellectual" sometimes because of this magazine....more info
  • King of the weekly news magazines
    The Economist is truly the best of the weekly global news magazines. Too bad it's not American so I don't have to bother with the pesky differences in spelling! Don't let the magazine's name mislead you into thinking it is mostly about business, financial, or economic matters; The Economist covers important news in virtually every country, including articles on science, technology, books, art, and people, and it offers at least two in-depth reports every issue. The writing is clear, insightful, and aimed at an intelligent, informed audience, with a sprinkling of dry British humor (always in good taste). Yes, The Economist has a bias - a free-market bias - but they wear their heart lightly on their sleeve, so I can live with it. If you want to stay informed about the world, if you can read only one news magazine, then The Economist is the one....more info
  • Excellent publication, theiving fulfillment organization
    The publication itself is excellent - a different perspective from that of Time, Newsweek, and others on US and world events and trends and superb analysis and insight.

    But for the third time in five years, the subscription organization has terminated my subscription for no reason or taken my renewal money and failed to renew my subscription. My inquiries result in an automated email response, but no action. This is nothing short of theft, and there is clearly a pattern of this behavior....more info
  • great magazine IF you can get the subscription dept to send it
    Frankly their subscription department is UNANSWERABLE in that they
    do not acknowledge subscription problems. At this price point it is
    exceedingly difficult not to feel ripped off when the magazine doesn't arrive....more info
  • If Only More People Read It
    On the fence about getting the Economist? It's not the cheapest subscription, is it?
    Ask yourself: "Do I care about what's happening in the world, or do I only care about sports and weather?" then follow up with "Am I able to think honestly about new ideas?" "Will I make an hour a week to really dig into the interesting articles?"

    If you can read and you care about what happens in the world and you are open to perhaps changing your mind when presented with factual arguments, then the Economist is for you. They aren't always right, but they are always insightful and fair. In a world so full of corporate sponsored BS that an out-of-his-league frat boy can get elected as the most powerful man on Earth (twice), its nice to find refreshing truth. Sure, The Economist is written from the viewpoint of Economists, but what do you expect? You can't accuse them of being illogical or heartless, and they certainly understand money, which is about as important as you suspect it is.

    Go ahead, arm yourself with understanding. It's the only way to stay afloat. You'll get more wisdom from one cover story in The Economist than from a month of watching news-style TV stations. You will be poorer without The Economist than with it.
    ...more info
  • Parent pleaser
    I too wanted a news magazine that went beyond the usual American celebutante pseudo-news. I'm interested in economics, but am a lay person who is less interested in high finance and investments, and more interested in the stories of our times. The Economist has been a real gem. It is a hefty magazine, and I'm not sure how well I will keep up with it... I wish it was (were?) a biweekly.

    I think its British perspective is very useful especially because Americans tend to forget that there really is a world out there (aside from the Middle East and British Royals). It is good to read about ourselves as just another piece of the puzzle. The articles seem well written, much better than most, such that the style does not interfere with the content. In that it reminds me of much of the Wall Street Journal newspaper, which I always find well written. (For the record, at this time my favorite magazines are Christian Century and Ode.)

    I look forward to introducing my children and others to this magazine. I think it has a lot to offer and I hope that more people will read it. If I were to change anything about it (aside from making it a biweekly so I could keep up) it would be to have a section where the wider news stories are followed up with examples of their particular effects! A similar result could be achieved by discussing each issue with fellow readers, but really, how likely is that?...more info
  • Fast delivery
    I'm impressed that they were able to deliver before the expected date. The Economist is a great read...more info
  • The magazine is excellent, but don't buy it here
    I am a fan of the magazine and think it's one of the best news/current affairs publications out there.

    However...

    my wife and I received a subscription as a wedding gift. It took a more than 4 months to finally get activated. In that time, no one at the economist would help me ('talk to Amazon'), and no one at Amazon would help me - first, I had to get the friend who bought it for us to talk to them, which was a hassle. Second, they told him that everything was fine and that (guess what?) he'd have to chase it up with the economist.

    Finally the subscription did surface and the magazines started arriving... like many people, we'd moved after the wedding. It took me several phone calls, emails, and attempts to use the online database (and another two months) to get my address successfully changed in the economist's database. You'd think that the economist, of all things, would have an efficient business operation.

    So after 6 months (!) we're finally getting the magazine as we should be.

    If you want the economist, I'd recommend subscribing directly from the economist's website itself, and not going through a middle-man like amazon....more info
  • A teenager's perspective
    I have always been interested in keeping up with current events. As a child, foolishly, i used to watch Fox News, thinking that it was a gem. As I got older and my intellectual capacity started increasing I started becoming disgusted with cable news, which most of the times seems like a circus show.

    I started reading the NY times and the Economist and found that, when bundled up together, I could get a clear picture of pretty much everything going on in the world very easily.

    What other people have said of The Economist is true: it's not written for the average, spoon-fed American. It takes work to plow through this stuff. However, I've found that it has helped me tremendously in almost every aspect of my life (I know, how cliche!)

    Perhaps the most tangible way it has helped me is with my English and writing skills. Now, English is not my first language (and when i started reading the magazine my brain would fry before i could get through a fourth of it). Getting through this magazine has helped me become a better writer and reader (i can think critically now, in English!). This was so noticeable that when i retook my SAT's a year later after discovering this Magazine my score jumped from a 470 in Critical reading to a 640 (out of 800) and my writing score jumped from a 500 to a 700 (out of 800). The articles College Board made me analyze seemed like a piece of cake compared to those of The Economist.

    For the record, i wrote my SAT essay about Obama. I got all the information for it from the Economist.

    LESSON: gift this subscription to any SAT anxiety filled teenager you know! (trust me, there are many.) He or she will be grateful.

    The economist has taught me so much about so many different areas. I confess, i feel like an "intellectual" sometimes because of this magazine....more info
  • My favorite magazine!
    I've wanted this magazine for 6 months, and finally splurged and got it.

    I love reading this magazine each week! Puts all other news magazines to SHAME!...more info
  • opinion of The Economist
    Arguably the best economic and political journal in the world today, enabling citizens to make intelligent choices in everyday decision-making. Every article is a great read, and often full of marvelously understated British humour....more info
  • Secular Humanist?
    A review posted here criticized the Economist for showing a "Secular Humanist" bias. Here are a few qualities associated with Secular Humanism (cunningly stolen from wikipedia):


    "Need to test beliefs - A conviction that dogmas , ideologies and traditions, whether religious, political or social, must be weighed and tested by each individual and not simply accepted on faith.

    Reason, evidence, scientific method - A commitment to the use of critical reason, factual evidence, and scientific methods of inquiry, rather than faith and mysticism, in seeking solutions to human problems and answers to important human questions.

    Fulfillment, growth, creativity - A primary concern with fulfillment, growth, and creativity for both the individual and humankind in general.

    Search for truth - A constant search for objective truth, with the understanding that new knowledge and experience constantly alter our imperfect perception of it.

    This life - A concern for this life and a commitment to making it meaningful through better understanding of ourselves, our history, our intellectual and artistic achievements, and the outlooks of those who differ from us.

    Ethics - A search for viable individual, social and political principles of ethical conduct, judging them on their ability to enhance human well-being and individual responsibility.

    Building a better world - A conviction that with reason, an open exchange of ideas, good will, and tolerance, progress can be made in building a better world for ourselves and our children."


    I don't find that the editorial standard of the Economist always meets this irreproachable set of criteria. However, it's often close enough that I have no problem recommending the magazine to everyone....more info
  • Phenomenal News Source
    The Economist is published weekly in Britain and is a different type of news magazine than Time, Newsweek, or U.S. News.

    There is MUCH more "hard" news in this magazine than in American news magazines, which have trended toward including more and more "soft" news in recent decades.

    Each week, there are features about relevant events from all corners of the world. As you might expect from the title, there is an extensive business section each week as well. The magazine is right of center on economic issues, left of center on social issues, and seems fairly centrist on foreign policy.

    At the end of each issue, there are tables of figures for GDP, inflation rates, currencies, unemployment rates, interest rates, and stock markets for all of the world's major countries.

    Given the trend toward more and more "fluff" features in news today, I think that it's great that there is still a magazine like this almost a decade into the twenty-first century....more info
  • One of the best, if not the best news magazine
    Well written, insightful and covers a wide scope of topics.

    You might not always agree with all the view points presented, but the argument are put forth in a coherent and beautifully written way.

    One of the best news magazine in publication. If you would get only one news magazine, this is it....more info
  • Excellent
    The Economist is my most trusted advisory subscription. Many US based magazines are too US centric, and this is not the way the economic world appears to be heading. Many of the financial advice magazines are absolutely worthless and should not be printed to save paper and energy.
    Get the Economist and let me know if you find another that is competitive in perspective and quality....more info
  • Magazines - You can't change your address
    Who knows if my son will even receive this at college. It is essentially impossible to change the address (in my case add a 5 digit box #) once an order is placed; Amazon refers you to a subsidiary and their website does NOT allow you to change the data and they don't answer the phone. Caveat enterer of data.

    Sorry this isn't really a product review, but in my opinion this is what Amazon deserves for such inaccessibility and lousy service....more info