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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 and our searchable archive.

Customer Reviews:

  • Required reading for people who want to know things that matter
    I don't have much to add that hasn't already been said by all the other reviewers, except to point out that The Economist's readership, unlike those of Time, Newsweek and U.S. News, has grown more or less steadily over the last decade. While The Economist has long devoted itself to straightforwardly reporting serious news and has a plain-Jane layout, the big-circulation American news magazines allocate more and more print to lifestyle and entertainment news and more resources into flashy graphic design. (Time magazine now includes "sigs" or mugshots of many of its writers -- how self-indulgent is that? The Economist's articles don't even have bylines.)

    Coincidence?...more info
  • The Economist
    I received a subscription to The Economist as a birthday gift. After perusing this publication on the newstands it's great to have it arrive at home. I've received several issues already and am catching up on my reading. Thank you for asking!...more info
  • A news magazine for thinkers
    Without question, this is the magazine to choose if you want to read news on a weekly basis, rather than drivel, celebrity reports, and senseless "polls" that amount to nothing.

    If you are looking for a particular political slant, do not choose the Economist. Its writers run the gamut from the left to the right, but the overall tenor of the magazine is well balanced. There's plenty to challenge one's world view in any given issue, no matter what one's political affiliation, but I tend to enjoy that aspect of the magazine. There are few publications that even try to present such a balance of viewpoints, and none others that succeed so brilliantly.

    The writing is unparalleled and refreshingly unsophomoric. It's great to read something written at a level higher than grade eight, and with a vocabulary to delight the eyes and sometimes even warrant breaking out a dictionary. The coverage is truly worldwide in scope, too, with the U.S. frequently taking a backseat to the rest of the globe, as it should, when events dictate.

    I think the Economist is simply the best of its class, bar none....more info
  • For the thinking man
    I'm not going to pretend that I agree with every word I read in this publication, but even on topics that I am skeptical of, a very good case is made. One thing everyone should strive for is to get a better understanding of the world around them, and there really is no better place to turn for that understanding than the pages of The Economist. Everyone should subscribe....more info
  • global perspective and informative
    I started reading the Economist four years ago, basically on my commute to work. It's a big magazine (usually 95 pages) so it would last me the whole week. In those four years I greatly increased my knowledge about the world. Every edition is grouped into categories, such as "The USA" "Africa & Middle East" "Europe" "Asia" "Finance" "Science" "Arts" and etc. They have the same format every week so every week you will have articles on Africa, Asia, South America, Britian, and so forth. If you read them, or even just skim them, you become well informed on what is happening in the Congo as well as at home. I look forward to receiving the Economist every week....more info
  • Too much of one ideology instead of various views on economics, news, and business
    I know that this review is probably going to be rated as not being helpful. However, I think it is important to plainly state my view.

    I have really enjoyed The Economist whenever I bought it at a newstand or picked it out of the flight selections. So, I finally went ahead and purchased a subscription. At first I enjoyed the intellectual exercise of looking at world events from fresh points of view, however, after reading several issues I began to see a dissapointingly consistent bias.

    I think the reviewers that note that the magazine is "fair and balanced" are guilty of wishful thinking. The "world view" of the writers can accurately be described as "secular humanist".

    It began to bother me that the magazine tries to make it appear that they are untethered from bias and prejudice. Every author (or human being for that matter) has a world view shaped by life experience, educational influences, and ideology. It is absurd and disingenuous to say that we are above our individual biases, and that our thoughts do not come from a particular viewpoint. I began to want to know who wrote the individual articles, so that I could avoid the articles by authors that I found to be so biased that they were boorish.

    Ultimately I enjoy some aspects of the magazine, just as one would enjoy an unusual dinner guest. But people begin to get tired of a interesting dinner guest that overstays their welcome.

    The Economist is good for a read once in a while unless you share their ideology enough to withstand the consistent push of the secular humanist world view....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
  • 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
  • A very different weekly news magazine
    Reading The Economist is a very different experience from that of reading the "big three"-- Time, Newsweek, and US News-- for two reasons.

    First, it's a British publication, written in a very British manner. It's tone can vary from flatly dry to dryly ironic to jarringly blunt. There's nothing here that one can call politically correct; the authors and editors call 'em as they see 'em.

    Second, it's a serious news magazine. Each issue is packed with stories about current affairs, politics, economics, and business. There are also book and movie reviews. However, there is almost no pop culture news and absolutely none of the celebrity gossip that has begun to corrupt the "big three."

    It's important to understand that reading The Economist takes some commitment of time and effort, probably at least two or three hours an issue. Every article is deeply analytical, and many stories are revisited weekly for updates. This is a NEWS magazine, not a news MAGAZINE, if that makes sense.

    The issue of political bias always arises with the media. The Economist takes definite stands on nearly every issue, and those editorial stands are clearly stated and defended. However, it is at the same time scrupulously fair and balanced. That's quite a trick, but the staff pulls it off week after week.

    So, if you're ready and willing to spend some time reading thoughtful, thought-provoking, in-depth analysis of the news of the world, you won't find a better news magazine than The Economist.

    (You might want to buy a copy on a magazine rack somewhere and check the subscription offers on the insert cards. They're almost certain to be better than the Amazon price.)...more info
  • Not just for economists
    If you're an economist, businessperson, or just interested in economics, then you absolutely must subscribe to this magazine. And if you have no interest in economics whatsoever, you may still find it essential.

    The Economist's coverage of politics and current events is top-notch. It contains news dispatches and analysis written by on-the-ground journalists located all over the world. There is a careful mix of playful artwork and punning headlines with serious, thoughtful writing. Other highlights include excellent science articles and brief book reviews.

    Content is also posted online as it comes in; print subscribers gain unlimited access to The Economist's website. (A cheaper online-only subscription is also available.) As a bonus, subscribers can now download an unabridged audio version of each issue: About 7 hours, pleasantly narrated and skillfully produced, with a separate MP3 for each article. I find this format to be absolutely ideal listening.

    Note that college students and faculty qualify for a discount, rarely advertised, at info
  • Going downhill
    I have been a subscriber to the economist for over 15 years. For the past few years or so I have noticed that the quality of news coverage and analysis has gone downhill. Many subjects are now handled with a kind of facile politically correct treatment that can be had elsewhere at a lower price (or free on the Internet).

    There is more breezy opinion and less presentation of potentially conflicting or subtle facts with evenhanded analysis. Certain topics (Israel, President Bush, Global Warming) guarantee a knee-jerk emission of drivel.

    Before subscribing read the Economist at a local library for a while - see if it appeals to you first.
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  • 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