Foreign Affairs for Kindle

Foreign AffairsThe Foreign Affairs bimonthly magazine is available for Kindle for a monthly subscription of $1.99.  The reviews for the Kindle version of this journal are the best I’ve seen so far.  Foreign Affairs is a 200 page journal/magazine, and is text and content based, which makes it a good fit for the Kindle.

The Council on Foreign Relations set the idea in motion to start a quarterly magazine that would become what is now called Foreign Affairs. The first issue of Foreign Affairs was published in September, 1922.  Foreign Affairs includes expert analysis and serious discussion on international relations.  Some major international subjects throughout history include: World War II, U.S relations with China, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and more recently the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

In the beginning, there were two editors: Archibald Cary Coolidge of Harvard and Hamilton (Ham) Fish Armstrong.  Coolidge was near retirement age at 57, and Armstrong was just his late twenties.

Coolidge remained in Boston, loosely handling the magazine while still teaching at Harvard and managing his scholarly work. Armstrong ran the magazine’s New York office and handled all of the day to day issues and problems. He was also responsible for the magazine’s distinctive format, the choice of a very special light blue paper cover (from a remarkable Italian papermaker), the logo of a man on a horse. It was typical of the sense of style that Armstrong, son of a painter, Old New York and Hudson Valley to his fingertips, brought to this and all else throughout his life. More

The initial issue of Foreign Affairs included 12 point Caslon font, which was more legible than many other font types of the time.  The current editor, James Hoge, brought a more modern version of this font back in 1993.

Foreign Affairs has a reputation of recruiting authors who are not mainstream. One particular example involves W.E.B DuBois, a distinguished African American author who wrote five articles for the magazine.  His first article in 1925 helped define “the Color Line” as a major issue of the twentieth century.

Currently, Foreign Affairs is owned by the Council on Foreign Relations and their stock information is private.

Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America

Promised Land 13 Books That Changed AmericaA while ago I heard a piece on NPR on this book about books, and it really grabbed my attention. I even spent 10 minutes sitting in my car in a driveway, so I could hear it completely and not miss a thing. What Jay Parini did is of all the numerous American books and publications he chose 13 that both captured the zeitgeist and at the same time shaped the future of the American nation and made it as we know it today.

Pretty soon I was listening to the “Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin” on my iPhone and really enjoyed it. Later I purchased the “Promised Land” book itself to my Kindle and read it. While all 13 books mentioned are well known few can boast that they’ve actually read them all. I can’t.

I would strongly recommend “Promised Land:Thirteen Books That Changed America” for reading even if you did read all 13 books mentioned, because not only it gives you an overview of these books but also goes into great detail about the context in which these books appeared and how they affected the public. It is one of the most educational books that I’ve read.

And of course this post woudn’t be complete without mentioning the 13 that made the list:

  1. Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford
  2. The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
  3. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  4. The Journals of Lewis and Clark (Lewis & Clark Expedition) by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  5. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  6. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  8. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  9. The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  10. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  11. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock
  12. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  13. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

Unfortunately not all of the 13 are available as Kindle editions.