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The economist - a great read for all (not just economists!)
Member Name: shamis4
Advantages: A great magazine with many interesting articles from politics to economics
Disadvantages: A rather big price tage at £3.90 (but a subscription brings massive savings)
The economist is a magazine (newspaper type thing) that is released on a weekly basis. It comes with a rather large price tag of £3.90, but it would be wise to maybe try it once at this price, and then if you feel you like it then subscribe for a longer period of time.
Current subscription prices:
Special offer - £12.00 for 12 issues (save 74%)
1 year - £93.00 (save 53%)
2 years - £166.00 (save 58%)
3 years - £216.00 (save64%)
But before you buy it you will really want to know what the economist is all about, and from the title you can guess that economics plays a major role in the magazine.
However, in my view it is definitely more than a simple magazine, but a very informative and useful "newspaper" with a variety of different current affairs issues. It is written by economists and includes issues about politics, and has separate sections for a variety of different countries, it of course has a section on economics, as well as business and science and technology sections. I enjoy the fact that they are written by economists as they seem to be very detailed articles which include a variety of complex issues and points. They also seem extremely well researched and in some ways not too bias.
It starts with a basic summary of all major news and incidents which have occurred across the world this week.
In politics it looks in particular detail at all the different world leaders and their recent moves and actions. For example this week looks in particular at David Cameron, the conservative leader. An article which i found extremely interesting was on Mugabe and his recent victory in Zimbabwe. The article discussed in great detail about his "politics" and role as a leader and how other countries have reacted to the recent atrocities. However, it explained extremely well the reasons as to why it is so difficult, particularly for other African countries, to remove or take action against Mugabe.
The economist also looks in detail at all major countries including Britain, Europe, United States, The Americas, Middle East and Africa and Asia. These contain a variety of different issues from politics, international relations and religion to youths, unemployment and defense (or nuclear action for example).
I have to say that i am astounded at the amount of different issues that are covered and discussed in so great detail. It just proves how this magazine is suitable for so many different people and of course you do not have to read it all, but just select the articles which most interest you.
The economist then goes on to discuss Business, finance and economics (it had to come in somewhere). I ttalks about a variety of different types of businesses in both the private and public sector. As well as banks and in particular the recession that seems to be closing in on us all at the moment - i.e th 'credit crunch'.
Science and technology is also a very interesting section in which there are articles on all different discoveries and advances in technology such as 'quantum information technology'.
The final section is on books and arts and is a very nice relaxed way to finish such a great magazine.
Although in some ways the Economist seems to be just full of words and looks rather dull the issues discussed can be rather intriguing and some relevant pictures, or graphs will reinforce the text and make it easier to read (it looks more appealing).
As well as a subscription to the magazine ( if you choose to go for this), you will also receive free access to 'economist.com' the website for the magazine which itself covers many great issues and you can also find past articles and look at these.
This, in my opinion , is a great magazine in which you can find out about everything that has happened in the world over the past week as well as there being interesting issues that you may not otherwise find out about.
And if you really get into it you can always write a letter in with your views on an issue and this may be published in the letters section.
I would recommend this magazine to a whole variety of people from economics students or those interested in studying economics to anyone really who is interested in what is happening in the world and would enjoy something with a variety of issues in it!
I would not advise purchasing from a shop each week due to the rather hefty cost, but would suggest subscribing due to the massive savings and great benefits you will get from this magazine!
Summary: A very intriguing magazine suitable for anyone with a variety of news items in it.