The Best American Magazine Writing 2008

The Best American Magazine Writing 2008

by The American Society of Magazine Editors
     
 

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

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

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

— Carl Sessions Stepp

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231147149
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/19/2008
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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