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Reader's Digest Classics
We've hunted through decades of our magazine to share the most memorable and popular stories and articles.
Former Alcatraz Inmate Reveals What the Prison Was Really Like
This is the real story of a prisoner at the infamous Alcatraz prison, incarcerated at the same time as Al Capone.
The Truth About Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana’s Relationship
This Girl Wrote Her Dad a Letter to Cope with His Death—and Got a Response
Meet the Quadriplegic Who Defied All Odds to Become a Pilot
Her Husband Vanished Without a Trace—15 Years Later, the Doorbell Rang
Walt Disney Reveals Just How Disneyland Was Created in Rare Interview
This Fisherman Was Attacked By a Shark and Lived to Tell the Tale
Cue the "Jaws" theme. This article, which appeared in the August 1965 edition of Reader's Digest,...
The Best Sleep Advice That Has Stood the Test of Time
We've all been rattled by insomnia at least once in our lives, and it can...
One Father’s Battle Between Working and Giving Attention to His Daughter
In this award-winning story, originally published in Reader's Digest in 1969, a father learns to embrace...
This Is What It Was Really Like to See Queen Elizabeth in the 1950s
When her ship sailed in, the British public couldn't contain its excitement.
Don’t Tune Out: This Is What You’re Missing When You’re Not Listening
In our overstimulated daily lives, we often shut out as much noise as we can....
The Greatest Gift This Dad Ever Gave His Daughter Will Definitely Make You Cry
One woman's father's fondest expressions of love flowed not from his words, but from his hands.
This Powerful Story Will Convince You to Stop Saying “Let Me Know If You Need Anything”
What does someone who has suffered a sudden trauma and grief most need?
The Secret to Finding True Joy Is Simpler Than You’d Think
"The more grievous the world, the more we need to remember the luminous beauty at...
“It Was On Good Friday”: A Detailed Glimpse Into How Lincoln Spent His Very Last Hours
Originally published in Reader's Digest’s April 1965 issue, this story is a fascinating account of...
How a Boy and His Telephone Operator Formed a Lovely, Lasting Friendship
In this Reader's Digest Classic, originally published in 1966 as "The Voice in the Box," a...
A Neighbor’s Generosity Spreads Beyond Original Gift
The Reader's Digest classic, originally published as "Effie's Compound Interest," explores how one woman’s...
RD Interview: Robin Williams, in His Own Words
Robin Williams was unscripted and uncensored—and you could always expect the unexpected, as in...
“I Escaped From Cuba in the Wheels of a DC-8”
This incredible Reader's Digest classic story of a teenager who escaped from Cuba by flying...
Me and the Supreme Court
Moments like this create the memories of a lifetime.
The Pig Who Loved People
He wasn’t what you’d expect in a pet—or even in a pig.
Staring Down a Sawmill Chipper With Two Seconds to Live
Suddenly, young Ron Gillis was being pulled, inexorably, toward the whirling blades of the sawmill's...
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What I Learned in the Shoe Store
Mr. Hill taught me more than just selling.
The Summer I Learned to Really See
A wise grandmother opens a small girl’s eyes to the treasures around them.
—And Sudden Death: The Reader’s Digest Classic
If you have the nerve to drive fast and take chances, you ought to read...
The Unforgettable Legacy of Miss Bessie Taylor Gwynn
The lessons she taught went far beyond the three Rs.