Press: Breaking the Liberal Pattern

Quirky and provocative, the New Republic is surging in influence

Of American institutions that wield intellectual influence far disproportionate to their size, from Ivy League colleges to the New Hampshire primary, few have had more enduring impact than the little magazines of political and literary opinion. At the 70-year-old New Republic, Owner Martin Peretz likes to say, "Our circulation is only 97,000, but it is the right 97,000." Among the magazine's subscribers: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter, Geraldine Ferraro and Edward Kennedy. Traditionally, the opinion magazines have preached to the converted, offering...

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