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The Best American Magazine Writing 2008

Compiled by The American Society of Magazine Editors; Introduction by Jacob Weisberg

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November, 2008
Paper, 568 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-14714-9
$16.95 / £11.95



Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief, Slate


Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief, Glamour and Immediate Past President of ASME

1. Everybody Sucks

Vanessa Grigoriadis

New York

Finalist—Feature Writing

2. China’s Instant Cities

Peter Hessler

National Geographic


3. Present at the Creation

Matthew Scully

The Atlantic

Finalist—Profile Writing

4. The Black Sites

Jane Mayer

The New Yorker


5. Specialist Town Takes His Case to Washington

Joshua Kors

The Nation

Winner—Public Interest

6. City of Fear

William Langewiesche

Vanity Fair


7. "You Have Thousands of Angels Around You"

Paige Williams


Winner—Feature Writing

8. Obama’s Moment

Matt Taibbi

Rolling Stone

Winner—Columns and Commentary

9. Out in the Cold

Mike Kessler

5280: Denver’s Mile-High Magazine

Finalist—Public Interest

10. Brouhahaha

Hendrik Hertzberg

The New Yorker

Finalist—Columns and Commentary

11. Pat Dollard’s War on Hollywood

Evan Wright

Vanity Fair

Winner—Profile Writing

12. The Autumn of the Multitaskers

Walter Kirn

The Atlantic


13. Betrayed

George Packer

The New Yorker

Finalist—Public Interest

14. Babes in the Woods

Caitlin Flanagan

The Atlantic

Winner—Reviews and Criticism

15. Underworld

Jeanne Marie Laskas


Finalist—Feature Writing

16. I Am Joe’s Prostate

Thomas E. Kennedy

New Letters


17. American Roulette

Kurt Andersen

New York

Finalist—Columns and Commentary

18. Casualties of War

Steve Oney

Los Angeles

Finalist—Profile Writing

19. So Many Men’s Rooms, So Little Time

Christopher Hitchens


Finalist—Columns and Commentary

20. Don’t Cry For Me, Iwo Jima

Tom Carson


Finalist—Reviews and Criticism

2008 National Magazine Award Finalists

Judges, 2008

National Magazine Award Winners, 1966–2008

ASME Board of Directors, 2007–2008


List of Contributors

Related Subjects

About the Author

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is a nonprofit professional organization for editors of print and online magazines edited, published, and distributed in the United States. Established in 1963, ASME currently has around 900 members nationwide and, in association with the Columbia School of Journalism, sponsors the National Magazine Awards.

Jacob Weisberg is editor in chief of the Slate Group. He has written for the New Republic, Newsweek, New York magazine, and Vanity Fair, and is the author of several books, including, most recently, The Bush Tragedy.

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