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                       JOHN R. (RICK) MACARTHUR




                         Journalist / Author


 President and Publisher of Harper's Magazine



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MacArthur, John R.

John R. (Rick) MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper's Magazine, is an award-winning journalist and author. He writes a monthly column for the Providence Journal and, in French, for Le Devoir (Montreal). Mr. MacArthur's first book, Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War, was a finalist for the 1993 Mencken Award for books and won the Illinois ACLU's 1992 Harry Kalven Freedom of Expression award. His critically acclaimed follow-up, The Selling of “Free Trade”: NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy, published in the spring of 2000, was called “an immensely pleasurable read” by the Chicago Tribune and “illuminating” by the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2004, Mr. MacArthur contributed the essay “Winning Blue Collars in Red States” to the anthology What We Do Now published by Melville House.

Mr. MacArthur initiated the foundation-sponsored rescue of Harper's Magazine in 1980, and became president and publisher in 1983. Under his stewardship the magazine has received numerous awards and the support of advertisers and readers alike. Since 1994 the magazine has received eleven National Magazine Awards, the industry's highest recognition. In 2003 Harper's won a National Magazine Award for feature writing and was a finalist in the categories of general excellence, public interest, reviews and criticism, and profile writing, and in 2006 Harper's won two National Magazine Awards: one for general excellence, and one for reviews and criticism.

Never failing to turn up the heat on any debate, Mr. MacArthur is often called upon by fellow journalists and television producers in the U.S., Canada and abroad to comment on a broad range of issues in the news. He has appeared on Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, C-SPAN and National Public Radio.

Before joining Harper's Magazine, Mr. MacArthur was an assistant foreign editor at United Press International (1982) and a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times (1979-1982), Bergen Record (1978-1979), Washington Star (1978), and Wall Street Journal (1977). He writes for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Le Temps (Geneva), The Progressive, The Nation, and The Columbia Journalism Review. Mr. MacArthur received the 1993 Mencken Award for best editorial/op-ed column for his New York Times expose of “Nayirah,” the Kuwaiti diplomat's daughter who helped fake the Iraqi baby-incubator atrocity.

A tireless advocate for international human rights, Mr. MacArthur founded and serves on the board of directors of the Death Penalty Information Center and the MacArthur Justice Center. Along with members of his family he founded Article 19, the International Center on Censorship, based in London, and in 1989 he initiated and helped organize the PEN/Article 19/Author's Guild rally for Salman Rushdie. He is also on the board of directors of the Author's Guild, and the Overseas Press Club and he is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities.

Born on June 4, 1956, in New York City, Mr. MacArthur grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and graduated in 1978 from Columbia College with a B.A. in history. Mr. MacArthur lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.


John R. MacArthur

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John R. "Rick" MacArthur (June 4, 1956, New York City) is an American journalist and author of books about US politics. He is the president of Harper's Magazine.




MacArthur is the son of J. Roderick MacArthur and Christiane L’Entendart, and the grandson of billionare John D. MacArthur. He grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in history in 1978. He lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.


MacArthur has been a reporter for The Wall Street Journal (1977), the Washington Star (1978), The Bergen Record (1978–1979), Chicago Sun-Times (1979–1982), and an assistant foreign editor at United Press International (1982).

In 1980 MacArthur persuaded his grandfather's charitable foundation to partner in creating and funding a Harper's Magazine Foundation to acquire and operate the magazine of the same name. This new entity acquired Harper's Magazine (which was then losing nearly $2 million per year and was on the verge of ceasing publication) for $250,000. Eventually John R. MacArthur took over the foundation that owned Harper’s. He became president and publisher of Harper's Magazine in 1983.

In 1993 he received the Mencken Award for best editorial/op-ed column for his New York Times exposé of "Nayirah", the Kuwaiti diplomat's daughter who helped fake the Iraqi baby-incubator atrocity.

John R. MacArthur's father, Rod MacArthur, along with his aunt, Virginia MacArthur Cordova, did inherited several millions of dollars each from their father John D. MacArthur.


  • Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the 1991 Gulf War (Hill and Wang,1992)
  • The Selling of "Free Trade": Nafta, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy (Hill and Wang, 2000).
  • You Can't Be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America (Melville House Publishing, 2008).

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Harper's Magazine

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November 2004 issue
Editor Roger Hodge
Categories art, culture, literature, politics
Frequency monthly
Circulation 220,000
First issue 1850
Country  United States
Language English
Website www.harpers.org
An issue of Harper's from 1905

Harper's Magazine (also Harper's) is a monthly, general-interest magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts. It is the second-oldest, continuously-published monthly magazine (Scientific American is the oldest) in the U.S.; current circulation is more than 220,000 issues. The current editor is Roger Hodge, who replaced Lewis Lapham on March 31, 2006. [1] Harper's Magazine has won many National Magazine Awards.[2]




Harper's Magazine was launched as Harper's New Monthly Magazine in June 1850, by the New York City publisher Harper & Brothers; who also founded Harper's Bazaar magazine, later growing to become HarperCollins Publishing. The first press run, of 7,500 copies, sold out almost immediately; circulation was some 50,000 issues six months later.[3]

The early issues reprinted material already published in England, but the magazine soon was publishing the work of American artists and writers, and commentary by the likes of Winston Churchill and Woodrow Wilson.

In 1962, Harper & Brothers merged with Row, Peterson & Company, becoming Harper & Row (now HarperCollins). Later, the magazine was separately incorporated, and was a division of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company. On June 17, 1980, the Star Tribune announced it would cease publishing Harper's Magazine after the August 1980 issue; however, on July 9, 1980, John R. MacArthur and his father, Roderick, obtained pledges from the directorial boards of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Atlantic Richfield Company, and CEO Robert Orville Anderson to amass the one-and-a-half million dollars needed to establish the Harper's Magazine Foundation that currently publishes the magazine.[4][5]

In the 1970s, the magazine published Seymour Hersh's reporting of the My Lai massacre. In 1971, after the controversial editor Willie Morris left, Lewis H. Lapham became the managing editor, once from 1976 until 1981; and again, from 1983 until 2006.

John R Chapin's rendering of the Great Chicago Fire, printed in Harper's Weekly

In 1984, Lapham and MacArthur — now publisher and president of the foundation — along with new senior editor Michael Pollan, redesigned Harper's and introduced the "Harper's Index" (ironic statistics arranged for thoughtful effect), "Readings", and the "Annotation" departments to complement its fiction, essays, and reportage.

Under the Lapham-MacArthur leadership, Harper's magazine continued publishing literary fiction by the likes of John Updike, George Saunders, and others. Politically, Harper's was an especially vocal critic of U.S. domestic and foreign policies. Editor Lapham's monthly "Notebook" columns have lambasted the Clinton and the George W. Bush administrations, and, since 2003, the magazine has concentrated on reportage about U.S. war against Iraq, with long articles about the battle for Fallujah, and the cronyism of the American "reconstruction" of Iraq. Moreover, other stories have covered abortion, cloning, and global warming.[6]

In April 2006, Harper's began publishing the Washington Babylon blog in its site, wherein Washington Editor Ken Silverstein writes about corrupt American politics. In 2007, Harper's added the No Comment blog, by Scott Horton, about legal controversies, Central Asian politics, and German studies. In 2008, Harper's added the "Sentences" blog, by contributing editor Wyatt Mason, about literature and belle lettres. Also, writers compose the Weekly Review, single-sentence summaries of political, scientific, and bizarre news; like the Harper's Index, the Weekly Review items are humorously and ironically arranged.


In his essay "Tentacles of rage: The Republican propaganda mill, a brief history," published in the September 2004 issue, Lewis H. Lapham fictionalized his reportage of the 2004 Republican National Convention, which had yet to occur. He apologized in a note.[7][8]

The March 2006 issue contained the Celia Farber reportage, Out of Control: AIDS and the Corruption of Medical Science, presenting Peter Duesberg's theory that HIV does not cause AIDS.[9][10] It was strongly criticized by AIDS activists,[11] scientists,[12] the Columbia Journalism Review,[13] and others, as inaccurate and for promoting a scientifically-discredited theory.[14] The Treatment Action Campaign, a South African organization working for greater popular access to HIV treatments, posted a response by eight researchers documenting more than fifty errors in the article.[15]

In summer of 2006, Harper's serially published John Robert Lennon's novel Happyland when its original publisher, W. W. Norton, decided not to publish it, fearing a libel lawsuit. The protagonist is doll magnate Happy Masters, whose story parallels the life of Pleasant Rowland, the creator of the American Girl doll business.[16]

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[edit] References

  1. ^ Carlson, Peter (2006-03-21). "Lewis Lapham Lights Up: The Longtime, Two-Time Harper's Editor Is Retiring, but Not Quitting". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/20/AR2006032001945_pf.html. Retrieved on 2006-03-27. 
  2. ^ Awards and Honors (PDF) at Harper's site
  3. ^ History of Harper's (PDF) on Harper's site
  4. ^ Facts on File 1980 Yearbook, pp.501, 582
  5. ^ Woo, Elaine (2007-12-05), "Arco founder led firm into major civic philanthropy", Los Angeles Times: B6, http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-anderson5dec05,1,3067816.story?coll=la-news-obituaries&ctrack=3&cset=true 
  6. ^ An American Album: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Harper's Magazine, a seven hundred twelve-page illustrated anthology, with an introduction by Lewis H. Lapham and a foreword by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
  7. ^ Shafer, Jack. "Lewis Lapham Phones It In: Figuring out what's wrong with Harper's magazine." Slate 15 September 2004.
  8. ^ Lapham, Lewis H. "Tentacles of rage: The Republican propaganda mill, a brief history." Harper's September 2004. p. 43-53.
  9. ^ Farber, Celia (2006-03-01). Out Of Control, AIDS and the corruption of medical science. Harper's Magazine. http://harpers.org/OutOfControl.html. Retrieved on 2006-03-13. 
  10. ^ Miller, Lia (2006-03-13). An Article in Harper's Ignites a Controversy Over H.I.V.. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/13/business/media/13harpers.html. Retrieved on 2006-03-13. 
  11. ^ Farber Feedback. POZ Magazine. http://www.poz.com/articles/401_2710.shtml. Retrieved on 2006-03-13. 
  12. ^ Letters from scientists and physicians criticizing Harper's for poor fact-checking of Celia Farber's article on AIDS. Accessed 21 Oct 2006.
  13. ^ Harper's Races Right over the Edge of a Cliff, by Gal Beckerman. Published in the Columbia Journalism Review on March 8, 2006. Accessed June 14, 2007.
  14. ^ Kim, Richard (2006-03-02). Harper's Publishes AIDS Denialist. http://www.thenation.com/blogs/notion?pid=65330. Retrieved on 2006-03-13. 
  15. ^ (PDF)Errors in Celia Farber's March 2006 article in Harper's Magazine. Treatment Action Campaign. 2006-03-04. http://www.tac.org.za/Documents/ErrorsInFarberArticle.pdf. Retrieved on 2006-03-13. 
  16. ^ NYT Book Review

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