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 AtlanticAcknowledgments, by Sid Holt, chief executive, American Society of Magazine EditorsFear of a Black President, by Ta-Nehisi CoatesWho in God's Name Is Mitt Romney?, by Frank RichIt's Not About the Law, Stupid and The Supreme Court's Dark Vision of Freedom and Where Is the Liberal Outrage?, by Dahlia LithwickThe Innocent Man, by Pamela Colloff18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque, and 1 Man Dead in Ohio, by Chris HeathDid You Think About the Six People You Executed?, by Robert F. WorthA Life Worth Ending, by Michael WolffMothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives, by Mimi SwartzSchool of Hate, by Sabrina Rubin ErdelyAtonement, by Dexter FilkinsThe Big Book, by Chris JonesTerry Southern: The Art of Screenwriting, by Interview by Maggie PaleyMega: Ten Days Inside the Mansion--and the Mind--of Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Internet, by Charles GraeberPortrait of a Lady and Social Animal and We're All Helmut Newton Now, by Daphne MerkinOver the Wall, by Roger AngellBatman and Robin Have an Altercation, by Stephen KingThe Living and the Dead, by Brian MockenhauptState of the Species, by Charles C. MannPermissionsList of Contributors
Read an excerpt from "Mega: Ten Days Inside the Mansionand the Mindof Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Internet," by Charles Graeber