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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 and fiction, offering a rare opportunity to experience in a single volume the top work of veteran reporters, critically acclaimed writers, and up-and-coming journalists. Only in this annual anthology will you find the best of the finalists for the 2008 National Magazine Awards, which include a critique of the Bush administration, a takedown of snark culture, personal reflections on child abuse accompanied by a profile of Hollywood's biggest villain, and an exposA(c) of America's backbreaking coal mines, along with Alice Munro's and David Foster Wallace's most recent short stories.
Other 2008 award finalists are Peter Hessler's tour of China's instant cities; Jane Mayer's peek inside the CIA's secret interrogation program; William Langewiesche's account of gangland's hold on Sao Paolo; Paige Williams's story of one girl's escape from Burundi; Steve Oney's probing investigation into the unforeseen casualties of the Iraq War; Kurt Andersen's incisive commentary on American greed; Matt Taibbi's profile of Barack Obama; Caitlin Flannagan's feminist perspective on the abortion debate; and Tom Carson's nostalgic lament for the leading men of old Hollywood. Fiction finalists include Daniel Mason, Steven Millhauser, Antonya Nelson, Uzodinma Iweala; Alistair Morgan; Andrew Malan Millward, and Fiona McFarlane.
The magazines that published these pieces: Atlanta Magazine; The Atlantic; Elle; GQ; Harper's Magazine; Los Angeles Magazine; National Geographic; New York Magazine New Yorker; Paris Review; Rolling Stone; Vanity Fair;Zoetrope: All-Story,
This annual anthology of the year's most entertaining, politically charged, and sophisticated essays, offers a rare opportunity to experience in a single volume the top work of veteran reporters and up-and-coming journalists.
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 expos? of American coal mining, The Best American Magazine Writing 2008 showcases the unparalleled work of our greatest writers and critics.
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