The American (magazine)

The American (magazine)

"The American: A Magazine of Ideas," was founded in November 2006 by James K. Glassman, the former president of "The Atlantic Monthly" and former publisher of "The New Republic", as a project of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. As of April 2008, "The American"'s editor-in-chief is Nick Schulz. Writers include Amity Shlaes and Victor Davis Hanson.

The magazine replaced the public affairs magazine "The American Enterprise".cite news
author=James Warren
authorlink=James Warren
title=Dobbs' secret life, and more, in The American's debut issue
publisher=Chicago Tribune
quote= [T] he November-December inaugural issue of the renamed and re-engineered publication of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute is rife with promise.
] cite news
author=Irin Carmon et al.
title=Memo Pad
publisher="Women's Wear Daily"
] cite news
author=Ron Bedard
title=Washington Whispers
publisher="US News & World Report"
] "Our perspective," says Glassman, "is not partisan, but it is rooted in liberal, free-market economics." Glassman states that he thinks "the three major business magazines have, in an attempt to get a broader audience, gone downscale," creating a "big opening" for an intellectual magazine about business that is "absolutely not partisan or ideological - mainly a reported magazine rather than a magazine of opinion." Jonathan Chait, writing in "The New Republic", the magazine Glassman published from 1981 to 1984, said of the newly-named magazine's switch in format, "The American" now seems less dewy-eyed about the virtues of democracy and far more dewy-eyed about the virtues of the bottom line. Out is the conservatism of Paul Wolfowitz. In is the conservatism of Montgomery Burns." [ American Pie] , Jonathan Chait, "The New Republic", May 31, 2007.]

Initial circulation is just over 50,000, with half paid, half controlled, with some copies available at airports and newsstands. The American is published six times a year. Its managing editor is Duncan Currie. Its publishing director is Sam Schulman, formerly publisher of Wigwag. Alexander Isley, the former art director for Spy, designs the glossy magazine.cite web
author=Myrna Blyth
publisher="New York Sun"
title=Money Magazines Get Smart
] The first issue was delayed until after the November 2006 election to include election results. [cite news
publisher=Media Industry Newsletter
title=November 6, 2006

Luke Mullins's interview of a white-collar criminal who spent time in a minimum-security prison, which stated that minimum-security prisons were no longer "country-club prisons," [cite web
publisher="The American"
date=May/June 2007
author=Luke Mullins
title=Enter a 'Hellish Place'
quote="The Bureau of Prisons is incredibly sensitive to accusations that they are coddling white-collar offenders," Novak said. “They are very sensitive to the 'Club Fed' mythology."
] prompted criticism by Peter Carlson in a column in the "Washington Post". [cite news
publisher="Washington Post"
author=Peter Carlson
title=Bemoaning the Commoners at Club Fed
quote=Country club prisons just aren't the same since they started letting the riffraff in.

The magazine publishes additional content at its website, including book reviews and its "American Conversation" podcast interviews, whose subjects have included Tyler Cowen and Jurgen Reinhoudt.


External links

* [ The American website]

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