Deadline Artists--Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs:: More of America's Greatest Newspaper Columns

Deadline Artists--Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs:: More of America's Greatest Newspaper Columns

by John P. Avlon
     
 

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We are living in a time when obituaries for the newspaper industry are being written every day. And yet, opinion writing is finding new life online as never before. A new generation deserves access to the best of the past, to classic newspaper writing that combines the immediacy of news with the precision of poetry.

In this new Deadline Artists collection,

Overview

We are living in a time when obituaries for the newspaper industry are being written every day. And yet, opinion writing is finding new life online as never before. A new generation deserves access to the best of the past, to classic newspaper writing that combines the immediacy of news with the precision of poetry.

In this new Deadline Artists collection, America’s greatest journalists take on the stories of scandal, tragedy, triumph, and tribute that have defined the spirit of their age. This is history written in the present tense, offering high drama and enduring wisdom. Walk with Jack London in the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake or grieve over the assassination of Abraham Lincoln with Walt Whitman while the blood still dries at Ford’s Theater. Watch as Watergate unfolds, sex scandals explode, the Twin Towers implode, and winning home runs capture the thrill of a comeback capped with a World Series victory.

Contributors include: Jack London, H.L. Mencken, Dorothy Thompson, Richard Wright, Damon Runyon, Shirley Povich, Murray Kempton, Mike Ryoko, Ruben Salazar, Mary McGrory, Mike Barnicle, Molly Ivins, Pete Hamill, Carl Hiaasen, Nicholas Kristof, Leonard Pitts, Steve Lopez, Peggy Noonan, and Mitch Albom.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Timothy R. Smith
…[a] superb sequel…Like its predecessor, Deadline Artists conveys the sweep of American history over the past century, as told by the people who wrote the first draft. This volume is a wonderful addition to the Deadline Artists family. May more siblings follow.
Publishers Weekly
For this stellar sequel to the previous Deadline Artists collection, veteran journalists Avlon (Independent Nation), Angelo (executive editor of the New York Post), and Louis (host of NY1’s Inside City Hall) assemble another tantalizing sampler of the finest examples of newspaper writing, spotlighting scribes who wrote “short stories that really happened.” The trio divides the book into sections—scandals, tragedies, and triumphs—and orders the pieces chronologically. Whether it’s Nellie Bly in disguise as a Cuban immigrant exposing patient abuse at an insane asylum in 1887, Damon Runyon giving his colorful take on mobster Al Capone for a 1931 column, or Jim Dwyer’s brief tale of a World Trade Center window-washer’s escape on 9/11, the writing is consistently first-rate. Standouts include John Steinbeck’s 1936 column on the plight of dust bowl farmers, Walter Lippman’s insightful 1948 Gandhi profile, and Bob Greene’s sensitive and revealing 1991 column on Michael Jordan. Also on the star-studded journalistic roster are talents like Jack London, H.L. Mencken, Murray Kempton, Jimmy Breslin, Nora Ephron, and Ellen Goodman. Entertaining and informative, this collection is a timeless celebration of history and its talented recorders. Agent: Ed Victor Ltd. (U.K.). (Dec.)
-Peggy Noonan

"An indispensable anthology of an American art form… a broad and brilliantly chosen compilation of the best newspaper column writing past and present- and a real feast. I couldn’t stop reading."
-American Journalism Review

"The most addictive journalism book ever."
American Journalism Review
“The most addictive journalism book ever.”
Peggy Noonan

An indispensable anthology of an American art form… a broad and brilliantly chosen compilation of the best newspaper column writing past and present- and a real feast. I couldn’t stop reading.

From the Publisher
"As far as this essential anthology goes, it's so well done, there’s nothing left to say." — Publishers Weekly

"An indispensable anthology of an American art form… a broad and brilliantly chosen compilation of the best newspaper column writing past and present- and a real feast. I couldn’t stop reading." — Peggy Noonan

"The most addictive journalism book ever." — American Journalism Review

"The best of the past in an essential anthology. Buy it and read it. You'll have a good time and you just might learn something." —Jimmy Breslin

"Some of the finest journalism in the American canon, at once celebrating, flogging and observing the varieties of mankind." —Page Views

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468301205
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
11/21/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Peggy Noonan
An indispensable anthology of an American art form… a broad and brilliantly chosen compilation of the best newspaper column writing past and present- and a real feast. I couldn’t stop reading.
From the Publisher

"The best of the past in an essential anthology. Buy it and read it. You'll have a good time and you just might learn something." --Jimmy Breslin

"Some of the finest journalism in the American canon, at once celebrating, flogging and observing the varieties of mankind." --Page Views

Meet the Author

John Avlon is a senior columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast as well as a CNN contributor. He is the author of Independent Nation and Wingnuts. He lives in New York City.

Jesse Angelo is Editor-in-Chief of The Daily, the first national news brand built for the iPad, as well as Executive Editor of the New York Post and lives in New York City.

Errol Louis is the host of “Inside City Hall” on NY1 and a CNN contributor. He lives in New York City.

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