The Best American Magazine Writing 2008

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The Best American Magazine Writing 2008 is an essential guide to the year's most entertaining, politically charged, and sophisticated essays. With pieces first published in The Nation, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker, among other leading publications, this anthology illuminates the most compelling issues of the past year and points to the topics that will concern us in the next. Chosen from among the winners and finalists of the 2008 National Magazine Awards, these articles span an eclectic ...

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Overview

The Best American Magazine Writing 2008 is an essential guide to the year's most entertaining, politically charged, and sophisticated essays. With pieces first published in The Nation, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker, among other leading publications, this anthology illuminates the most compelling issues of the past year and points to the topics that will concern us in the next. Chosen from among the winners and finalists of the 2008 National Magazine Awards, these articles span an eclectic range, from a chilling account of the CIA's secret interrogation program to a humorous look at the absurdities of modern medicine, from a scathing critique of America's activities in Iraq to an acid takedown of snark culture.

The anthology also includes Matthew Scully's fascinating peek inside the making of the George W. Bush presidency; Walter Kirn's surprising report on the mental effects of multitasking; Steve Oney's investigation into the unforeseen casualties of the Iraq War; Christopher Hitchens's frank assessment of the relationship between illicit sex and politics; Matt Taibbi's award-winning profile of Barack Obama; Peter Hessler's tour of China's instant cities; Caitlin Flanagan's flirtation with the online escapades of minors; Kurt Andersen's meditation on American greed; and Evan Wright's absorbing account of Hollywood's oddest comeback. From one girl's escape from Burundi to an exposé of American coal mining, The Best American Magazine Writing 2008 showcases the unparalleled work of our greatest writers and critics.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

The Sacramento Bee

Diverse, brainy, and provocative.

Booklist

As always, this collection offers readers the opportunity to catch up on the best magazine writing they may have missed.

Irish Times

This volume stands with the best... the compulsive readability of a good novel, but the immediacy and moral power of good journalism.

The Sydney Morning Herald

A rich showcase.

American Jorunalism Review
One exceptional read after another... this collection redeems the honor of print and its conscientious attention to accountability, depth and excellence.

— Carl Sessions Stepp

The Sun-Herald

Absolutely crammed with jaw-dropping features that will make you laugh, piss you off and push you to tears. A fantastic compilation.

American Jorunalism Review - Carl Sessions Stepp

One exceptional read after another... this collection redeems the honor of print and its conscientious attention to accountability, depth and excellence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231147149
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2008
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 1,334,221
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is a nonprofit professional organization for editors of print and online magazines edited, published, and distributed in the United States. Established in 1963, ASME currently has around 900 members nationwide and, in association with the Columbia School of Journalism, sponsors the National Magazine Awards.

Jacob Weisberg is editor in chief of the Slate Group. He has written for the New Republic, Newsweek, New York magazine, and Vanity Fair, and is the author of several books, including, most recently, The Bush Tragedy.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

ContentsIntroduction Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief, SlateAcknowledgments Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief, Glamour and Immediate Past President of ASME

1. Everybody SucksVanessa GrigoriadisNew YorkFinalist -- Feature Writing

2. China's Instant CitiesPeter HesslerNational GeographicWinner -- Reporting

3. Present at the CreationMatthew ScullyThe AtlanticFinalist -- Profile Writing

4. The Black SitesJane MayerThe New YorkerFinalist -- Reporting

5. Specialist Town Takes His Case to WashingtonJoshua KorsThe NationWinner -- Public Interest

6. City of FearWilliam LangewiescheVanity FairFinalist -- Reporting

7. "You Have Thousands of Angels Around You"Paige WilliamsAtlantaWinner -- Feature Writing

8. Obama's MomentMatt TaibbiRolling StoneWinner -- Columns and Commentary

9. Out in the ColdMike Kessler5280: Denver's Mile-High MagazineFinalist -- Public Interest

10. BrouhahahaHendrik HertzbergThe New YorkerFinalist -- Columns and Commentary

11. Pat Dollard's War on HollywoodEvan WrightVanity FairWinner -- Profile Writing

12. The Autumn of the MultitaskersWalter KirnThe AtlanticFinalist -- Essays

13. BetrayedGeorge PackerThe New YorkerFinalist -- Public Interest

14. Babes in the WoodsCaitlin FlanaganThe AtlanticWinner -- Reviews and Criticism

15. UnderworldJeanne Marie LaskasGQFinalist -- Feature Writing

16. I Am Joe's ProstateThomas E. KennedyNew LettersWinner -- Essays

17. American RouletteKurt AndersenNew YorkFinalist -- Columns and Commentary

18. Casualties of WarSteve OneyLos AngelesFinalist -- Profile Writing

19. So Many Men's Rooms, So Little TimeChristopher HitchensSlateFinalist -- Columns and Commentary

20. Don't Cry For Me, Iwo JimaTom CarsonGQFinalist -- Reviews and Criticism

2008 National Magazine Award FinalistsJudges, 2008National Magazine Award Winners, 1966--2008ASME Board of Directors, 2007--2008PermissionsList of Contributors

Columbia University Press

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