John R. MacArthur
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|John R. MacArthur|
June 4, 1956 |
New York City
|Alma mater||Columbia University (B.A., History, 1978)|
|Occupation||Journalist and author|
|Relatives||J. Roderick MacArthur (father)
Christiane L’Étendart (mother)
John D. MacArthur (grandfather)
MacArthur is the son of J. Roderick MacArthur and Christiane L’Étendart, and the grandson of billionaire John D. MacArthur. He grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, graduating from North Shore Country Day School in 1974. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in history in 1978. He lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.
MacArthur writes a monthly column, in French, for Le Devoir on a wide range of topics from politics to culture and is a regular contributor to the Spectator (U.K.), the Toronto Star, Le Monde Diplomatique and Le Monde.
Though John D. MacArthur disinherited his son J. Roderick MacArthur, the latter served on the board of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation until his death in 1984. In 1980, John R. MacArthur persuaded the 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. He became president and publisher of Harper's Magazine  in 1983.
In 1993 he received the Baltimore Sun's H.L. Mencken Writing 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.
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).
- Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the 1991 Gulf War (Hill and Wang, 1992). Second edition (University of California Press, 2004).
- 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). Reissued as The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America
(Melville House Publishing, 2012). Published in France as Une Caste américaine (Éditions des Arènes, 2008).
- L'Illusion Obama. Published in France (Éditions des Arènes, 2012) and in Canada (Lux Éditeur, 2012).