John R. MacArthur

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John R. MacArthur
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Born (1956-06-04) June 4, 1956 (age 60)
New York City
Nationality American, French
Alma mater

North Shore Country Day School (1974)

Columbia University (B.A., History, 1978)
Occupation Journalist and author
Relatives J. Roderick MacArthur (father)
Christiane L’Étendart (mother)
John D. MacArthur (grandfather)

John R. "Rick" MacArthur (June 4, 1956, New York City) is an American journalist and author of books about US politics. He is the president of Harper's Magazine.


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 for the Providence Journal and, in French, for Le Devoir on a wide range of topics from politics to culture.

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 [1] 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).

MacArthur serves on the board of The Author's Guild and the Death Penalty Information Center.[2]



(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).


  1. ^ Second Front, Second edition, 2004.
  2. ^ "Death Penalty Information Center". 

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