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Deadline Artists--Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs: More of America's Greatest Newspaper Columnsby John Avlon
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It is a great American art form, read by millions every day. The best of it rises to the level of literature: balancing the urgency of news with the precision of poetry. Assembled with care by three successful journalists and columnists in their own right, Deadline Artists--Scandals, Tragedies, and Triumphs is a collection of short stories that really happened. Contributors include H.L. Mencken, Nellie Bly, Damon Runyon, Shirley Povich, Murray Kempton, Grantland Rice, Ruben Salazar, Peggy Noonan, Mitch Albom, David Brooks, Carl Hiaasen, Mike Barnicle, and Steve Lopez . . . .
"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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.
About 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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