The Best American Magazine Writing 2007

The Best American Magazine Writing 2007


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This year's selection includes William Langewiesche's probing investigation in Vanity Fair of the slaughter of twenty-four Iraqis in Haditha; C. J. Chivers's chilling account in Esquire of the 2004 hostage crisis in Beslan, which killed 331 people, 186 of them children; Susan Casey's revelation in Best Life of a virtually unknown, Texas-sized garbage dump resting at the bottom of the Pacific ocean; and Andrew Corsello's harrowing portrait in GQ of Robert Mugabe's mad rule and two men-a white farmer and a fiery black priest-who strive for forgiveness instead of hate. The collection also includes Vanessa Grigoriadis's hilarious portrait of fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld in New York Magazine; Christopher Hitchens's profile of survivors of Agent Orange in Vanity Fair; Sandra Tsing Loh's coverage of the stay-at-home-mommy debate in the Atlantic Monthly; Paul Theroux's thoughts on the dangers of anthropomorphism and our misconceptions about birds in the Smithsonian; Janet Reitman's unraveling of the mysteries of Scientology in Rolling Stone; and the work of nine other exceptional writers.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 520 pages
  • 134 x 184 x 32mm | 539.77g
  • Columbia University Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 0231143915
  • 9780231143912
  • 745,478

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The American Society of Magazine Editors is a nonprofit professional organization for editors of print magazines that are edited, published, and sold in the United States, as well as editors of online magazines. It sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia School of Journalism.

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If this anthology were a magazine, everybody would want to subscribe. Publishers Weekly As always, this collection offers readers the opportunity to catch up on the best magazine writing they may have missed. Booklist Diverse, brainy, and provocative. The Sacramento Bee Another exemplary collection of the finest magazine writing in the United States... A brilliant compilation. Kirkus Reviews This volume stands with the best... the compulsive readability of a good novel, but the immediacy and moral power of good journalism. -- Colin Murphy Irish Times Balanced, comprehensive, thought-provoking, involving, and well-crafted... Highly recommended. Library Journal

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