"The Atlantic Monthly is an American tradition; since 1857 it has helped to shape the American mind and conscience," senior editor Jack Beatty explains. "We are proud of that tradition. It is the tradition of excellence for which we were awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. It is the tie that binds us to our past. It is a standard we won't betray."
Beatty joined The Atlantic Monthly as a senior editor in September of 1983, having previously worked as a book reviewer at Newsweek and as the literary editor of The New Republic.
Born, raised, and educated in Boston, Beatty wrote a best-selling
biography of James Michael Curley, the Massachusetts congressman and
governor and Boston mayor, which Addison-Wesley published in 1992 to
enthusiastic reviews. The Washington Post said, "The Rascal King is an
exemplary political biography. It is thorough, balanced, reflective, and
gracefully written." The Chicago Sun-Times called it a ". . . beautifully
written, richly detailed, vibrant biography." The book was nominated for a
National Book Critics' Circle award.
His 1993 contribution to The Atlantic Monthly's Travel pages, "The
Bounteous Berkshires," earned these words of praise from The Washington
Post: "The best travel writers make you want to travel with them. I, for
instance, would like to travel somewhere with Jack Beatty, having read his
superb account of a cultural journey to the Berkshire Hills of western
Massachusetts." Beatty is also the author of The World According to Peter Drucker, published in 1998 by The Free Press and called "a fine intellectual portrait" by Michael Lewis in the New York Times Book Review.