“A new publication,” began Prospect’s opening editorial in October 1995, “requires an explanation, even a justification.” For David Goodhart, who had walked away from a good job at the Financial Times to set the magazine up, those words must have been heartfelt. Like the founding chair, Derek Coombs, he was risking a lot in the notoriously unprofitable field of highbrow publishing, in order to embark on something new—but what?
In page one of issue one, the founding editor went on to explain how curious -British minds were missing…
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