A Matter of Opinion by Victor S. Navasky

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Victor S. Navasky is the renowned editor, writer, and teacher who has been at the helm of The Nation for almost thirty years. A Matter of Opinion, a scintillating reflection on his journalistic experiences, is also an extraordinary political document-a spirited, provocative argument for independent journals of opinion as vital to the health of democracy.

Whether at the satirical magazine Monocle (which he founded when he was in law school), or at The New York Times, or finally at The Nation, Navasky's commitment to political engagement and to the social and intellectual values of independent cultural activity has always been front and center. In a wonderfully entertaining narrative, he tells of his innovative efforts to find money to keep The Nation afloat and to keep its pages lively, honest, and relevant, and he embellishes it with unforgettable stories-about his colleagues and opponents, from E. L. Doctorow to Bill Buckley; his heroes, from I. F. Stone to Jürgen Habermas; and his precedessors, from Daniel Defoe to Carey McWilliams.

Navasky's accomplishments have been legion, despite the threats of revenue-driven multinational media corporations, and despite the sometimes ugly, sometimes hilarious problems that fearless muckrakers face in any culture. A Matter of Opinion is a passionately written, irresistibly charming account of a great journalistic tradition.
 

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Victor S. Navasky is the publisher emeritus of "The Nation" and chairman of "The Columbia Journalism Review." He is the author of the National Book Award-winner "Naming Names" and "A Matter of Opinion." In 1984, with Mr. Cerf, he cofounded the Institute of Expertology.
 
Published January 1, 2005 by FSG, New York. 464 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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I was glad to be in the un-mass media.” Navasky cheerfully predicts that its audience will grow with the follies of the Bush administration: “If it’s bad for the country, it’s good for The Nation.” (He adds: “But even I would have a qualm or two if I thought that The Nation’s business future depe...

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Victor Navasky mixes memoir with a kind of primer on how to run a feisty magazine.

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The New York Times

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Victor Navasky mixes memoir with a kind of primer on how to run a feisty magazine.

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After editing a prominent 1960s satirical magazine (the Monocle ) and working at the New York Times Magazine , Navasky, with his combination of bedrock principle and a light touch, was a perfect fit at the Nation .

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