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    • December 2013
    • 9780231162258
  • 560 Pages

  • Paperback
  • $17.95
  • / £12.95


    • December 2013
    • 9780231537063
  • 560 Pages

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The Best American Magazine Writing 2013

Edited by Sid Holt for The American Society of Magazine Editors; Introduction by James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic

Chosen by the American Society of Magazine Editors, the stories in this anthology include National Magazine Award-winning works of public interest, reporting, feature writing, and fiction. This year's selections include Pamela Colloff (Texas Monthly) on the agonizing, decades-long struggle by a convicted murderer to prove his innocence; Dexter Filkins (The New Yorker) on the emotional effort by an Iraq War veteran to make amends for the role he played in the deaths of innocent Iraqis; Chris Jones (Esquire) on Robert A. Caro's epic, ongoing investigation into the life and work of Lyndon Johnson; Charles C. Mann (Orion) on the odds of human beings' survival as a species; and Roger Angell (The New Yorker) on aging, dying, and loss. The former infantryman Brian Mockenhaupt (Byliner) describes modern combat in Afghanistan and its ability both to forge and challenge friendships; Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic) reflects on the complex racial terrain traversed by Barack Obama; Frank Rich (New York) assesses Mitt Romney's ambiguous candidacy; and Dahlia Lithwick (Slate) looks at the current and future implications of an eventful year in Supreme Court history. The volume also includes an interview on the art of screenwriting with Terry Southern from The Paris Review and an award-winning short story by Stephen King published in Harper's magazine.

Introduction, by James Bennet, editor in chief, The Atlantic
Acknowledgments, by Sid Holt, chief executive, American Society of Magazine Editors
Fear of a Black President, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Who in God's Name Is Mitt Romney?, by Frank Rich
It's Not About the Law, Stupid and The Supreme Court's Dark Vision of Freedom and Where Is the Liberal Outrage?, by Dahlia Lithwick
The Innocent Man, by Pamela Colloff
18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque, and 1 Man Dead in Ohio, by Chris Heath
Did You Think About the Six People You Executed?, by Robert F. Worth
A Life Worth Ending, by Michael Wolff
Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives, by Mimi Swartz
School of Hate, by Sabrina Rubin Erdely
Atonement, by Dexter Filkins
The Big Book, by Chris Jones
Terry Southern: The Art of Screenwriting, by Interview by Maggie Paley
Mega: Ten Days Inside the Mansion -- and the Mind -- of Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Internet, by Charles Graeber
Portrait of a Lady and Social Animal and We're All Helmut Newton Now, by Daphne Merkin
Over the Wall, by Roger Angell
Batman and Robin Have an Altercation, by Stephen King
The Living and the Dead, by Brian Mockenhaupt
State of the Species, by Charles C. Mann
List of Contributors

Read an excerpt from "Mega: Ten Days Inside the Mansion—and the Mind—of Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Internet," by Charles Graeber