The Best American Political Writing 2004

The Best American Political Writing 2004

by Royce Flippin
     
 

The Best American Political Writing 2004 preserves the most incisive, controversial, and entertaining writing about the notable events and people of 2003 and the first half of 2004. The past twelve months have provided no shortage of topics for heated political conversation. From Saddam's capture to Arnold's victory in the California recall election; from

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The Best American Political Writing 2004 preserves the most incisive, controversial, and entertaining writing about the notable events and people of 2003 and the first half of 2004. The past twelve months have provided no shortage of topics for heated political conversation. From Saddam's capture to Arnold's victory in the California recall election; from the controversy over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction to the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, 2004 provided an excess of political fodder for commentary from all sides. Selections from the country's finest political writers, including Al Franken, Ron Suskind, Jonathan Chait, Jeffrey Toobin, George Will, Paul Krugman, George Packer, Charles Krauthammer, William Safire, Molly Ivins, Franklin Foer, Spencer Ackerman, Robert Kagan, Bill Kristol, and many others can be found in this volume. Gathering the best writings from the nation's leading publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Nation, Atlantic Monthly, New Republic, Weekly Standard, Foreign Affairs, Vanity Fair and Salon.com, as well as from think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution, Flippin culls the best writing on the year's most talked-about topics.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In culling articles mostly from major news conglomerates and glossy monthlies like Vanity Fair, Flippin notes in his preface that his main selection criterion is "particular, reasoned insight into the complex political issues facing our country," where the chosen writers "value clarity over cant, reason over hype, and honest debate over manipulative hectoring." That ideal comes close to being realized in some of the 48 articles here (as with Nicholas Lemann's New Yorker profile of Karl Rove); with six pieces from the New Republic, six from the New York Times and four each from the New Yorker and the Washington Post, tempered house styles dominate. The majority of the pieces come in at four to five pages, and all are preceded by a brief scene-setting paragraph. "The Tax Cut Con" by Paul Krugman and "Generals Weary of Low Troop Levels" by Robert Novak represent familiar positions clearly, while James Kurth's "Iraq: Losing the American Way" and Jonathan Schell's "How to Get Out of Iraq" take less popular positions cogently. Flippin threads in a few pieces from the Progressive and the Weekly Standard (Robert Kagan and William Kristol on "The Right War for the Right Reasons"), but the whole leaves one wanting a little more of the best manipulative hectoring. (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
This interesting and informative collection of articles represents the best political writing from 2004. Flippin, a former editor of American Health magazine, knows this field well and has gathered pieces from a wide range of newspapers, magazines, books, and online sources. Among the authors represented are Pat Buchanan and Robert Novak on the Right and Anthony Lewis and Robert Kennedy Jr. on the Left, with many others filling the center. Useful notes precede each article, providing context for what follows. The book is divided into five broad topics: the politics of the Bush era, the 2004 campaign, the state of the union, (not) politics as usual, and the war in Iraq and on terror. Deciding on the "best" political writing is always a subjective endeavor, but the editor again demonstrates a perceptive eye for articles that are important, i.e., that contributed significantly to the public discourse on the issues of the day. Readers will be informed and entertained. Recommended for public libraries, especially for those that do not subscribe to periodicals with diverse political perspectives.-Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560256137
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
10/10/2004
Series:
Best American Political Writing Series
Edition description:
Special Election Year Issue
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.12(d)

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