Best of America

Slavery in America: Letter From a Free Man
Slavery in America: Letter From a Free Man

A former slave sends his “Old Master” fierce words, dry wit—and a bill. >>

Thank You for Your Service: How Everyday Americans Help Veterans
Thank You for Your Service: How Everyday Americans Help Veterans

We asked for your stories of gratitude big and small that show how America helps its own returning… >>

RD Interview: Mitt Romney
RD Interview: Mitt Romney

On his campaign bus in Zanesville, Ohio, the Republican nominee talks with Reader’s Digest editor… >>

RD Interview: President Barack Obama
RD Interview: President Barack Obama

During a relaxed conversation with Reader’s Digest editor Liz Vaccariello, the president opens up… >>

What Happens When Soldiers Become Civilians Again?
What Happens When Soldiers Become Civilians Again?

Three men fought together on the front lines in Iraq, but faced new perils and different fates when… >>

7 Weirdest Ice Cream Flavors
7 Weirdest Ice Cream Flavors

Creative geniuses across the country keep inventing odd ice cream flavor combinations to tempt (or… >>

The 5 Best Roads in America
The 5 Best Roads in America

Safe, scenic, sensible. We asked experts to nominate their favorite stretches of road in some of… >>

Jesse Owens: My Greatest Olympic Prize
Jesse Owens: My Greatest Olympic Prize

In this RD Classic from our archives, American athlete Jesse Owens tells his stunning Olympic story… >>

Celebrities Who Inspire Us: Josh Duhamel
Celebrities Who Inspire Us: Josh Duhamel

A Hollywood-but-hometown hero: Josh Duhamel recently told us about his love of his adopted dogs… >>

10 Best Food Festival Recipes From Around America
10 Best Food Festival Recipes From Around America

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than by whipping up recipes from some of… >>

Colin Powell: The Meeting He'll Always Remember
Colin Powell: The Meeting He’ll Always Remember

Former secretary of state Colin Powell recalls two young visitors who sharpened his vision of our… >>

Unforgettable Car Stories: Staff Picks
Unforgettable Car Stories: Staff Picks

Our editors reflect on the rides that meant the most to them, from their first set of wheels in… >>

The Gratitude Club
The Gratitude Club

For 50 years, Woody Davis was the ultimate good neighbor. Now he's getting the send-off of a… >>

Hard Times: America's Post Offices
Hard Times: America’s Post Offices

As post offices around the country face an uncertain future due to budget cuts, part of the… >>

Best Anti-Ponzi Scheme
Best Anti-Ponzi Scheme

CEO Robert Lappin lost millions of dollars in the Bernie Madoff scandal. But his main concern was… >>

9 Products Still Proudly Made in America
9 Products Still Proudly Made in America

See great products that are still made in the U.S.A. Plus, what you can do to help American… >>

Travel Digest: America's Best Kept Travel Secrets
Travel Digest: America’s Best Kept Travel Secrets

Popular travel destinations and tourist attractions are fine, but leave time on your travels to… >>

Red Dad, Blue Son
Red Dad, Blue Son

My dad is conservative. I’m not. For our relationship to survive, we had to stop talking politics. >>

The Cost of Drilling: Oil in Alaska
The Cost of Drilling: Oil in Alaska

To drill or not to drill? As debate over energy rages, one inspired leader fights for balance. >>

7 Road Trips to View Stunning Fall Foliage
7 Road Trips to View Stunning Fall Foliage

Take an affordable vacation through one of these East Coast fall wonderlands. >>