Plain Talk

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This article is about the magazine. For the Jimmy Smith album, see Plain Talk (album). For the book by F. Kenneth Iverson, see Plain Talk: Lessons from a Business Maverick.

Plain Talk was an American anti-Communist magazine of the late 1940s. The magazine was established in 1946.[1] The first issue appeared in October 1946.[2] Edited by Isaac Don Levine, it featured articles by many conservative writers of the time, including John Chamberlain, Suzanne La Follette, Eugene Lyons, George S. Schuyler, and Ralph de Toledano.[1][2] The magazine was published on a monthly basis.[3] Due to low circulation and readership levels the magazine ceased publication in May 1950. Several writers and editors from Plain Talk subsequently worked for The Freeman, which was founded later that year and acquired the Plain Talk subscription list.[1][2]

An anthology of articles from the magazine was published in 1976.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Critchlow, Donald T. (2007). The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Right Made Political History. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-674-02620-9. 
  2. ^ a b c d de Rosa, Peter L. (1999). "Plain Talk 1946-1950". In Lora, Ronald; Henry, William Longton. The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century America. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 461–469. ISBN 0-313-21390-9. OCLC 40481045. 
  3. ^ "Isaac Don Levine, 89, Foe of Soviet". The New York Times. 17 February 1981. Retrieved 21 February 2016.