The Best American Magazine Writing 2007

Compiled by the American Society of Magazine Editors

Columbia University Press

The Best American Magazine Writing 2007

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Pub Date: November 2007

ISBN: 9780231143912

520 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $16.95£13.99

The Best American Magazine Writing 2007

Compiled by the American Society of Magazine Editors

Columbia University Press

This year's selection includes William Langewiesche's probing investigation in Vanity Fair of the slaughter of twenty-four Iraqis in Haditha; C. J. Chivers's chilling account in Esquire of the 2004 hostage crisis in Beslan, which killed 331 people, 186 of them children; Susan Casey's revelation in Best Life of a virtually unknown, Texas-sized garbage dump resting at the bottom of the Pacific ocean; and Andrew Corsello's harrowing portrait in GQ of Robert Mugabe's mad rule and two men-a white farmer and a fiery black priest-who strive for forgiveness instead of hate.

The collection also includes Vanessa Grigoriadis's hilarious portrait of fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld in New York Magazine; Christopher Hitchens's profile of survivors of Agent Orange in Vanity Fair; Sandra Tsing Loh's coverage of the stay-at-home-mommy debate in the Atlantic Monthly; Paul Theroux's thoughts on the dangers of anthropomorphism and our misconceptions about birds in the Smithsonian; Janet Reitman's unraveling of the mysteries of Scientology in Rolling Stone; and the work of nine other exceptional writers.
If this anthology were a magazine, everybody would want to subscribe. Publishers Weekly
As always, this collection offers readers the opportunity to catch up on the best magazine writing they may have missed. Booklist
Diverse, brainy, and provocative. The Sacramento Bee
Another exemplary collection of the finest magazine writing in the United States… A brilliant compilation. Kirkus Reviews
This volume stands with the best... the compulsive readability of a good novel, but the immediacy and moral power of good journalism. Colin Murphy, Irish Times
Balanced, comprehensive, thought-provoking, involving, and well-crafted... Highly recommended. Library Journal
Acknowledgments, by Cynthia Leive, editor-in-chief, Glamour, president, American Society of Magazine Editors
Introduction, by Marlene Kahan, executive director, American Society of Magazine Editors
1. Karl Lagerfeld: Boy Prince of Fashion, by Vanessa Grigoriadis
2. Rules of Engagement, by William Langewiesche
3. Our Oceans Are Turning Into Plastic. . . Are We?, by Susan Casey
4. The School, by C. J. Chivers
5. He Knew He Was Right , by Ian Parker
6. Murdering the Impossible, by Caroline Alexander
7. The Other Side of Hate, by Andrew Corsello
8. Blinded by Science: When First We Clicked, by Bruno Maddox
9. Prairie Fire, by Eric Konigsberg
10. Russell and Mary, by Michael Donohue
11. Inside Scientology, by Janet Reitman
12. The Loved Ones, by Tom Junod
13. Living with Geese, by Paul Theroux
14. Rhymes with Rich, by Sandra Tsing Loh
15. The Vietnam Syndrome, by Christopher Hitchens
16. The Tracks of My Tears, by Stuart Klawans
17. The Storm of Style, by Alex Ross
18. The Strange Career of Doctor Raju Gopalarajan, by Rajesh Parameswaran
2007 National Magazine Award Finalists
National Magazine Award Winners, 1966–2007
ASME Board of Directors, 2006–2007
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Read an excerpt from Vanessa Grigoriadis's piece >"Karl Lagerfeld: Boy Prince of Fashion"

Read an excerpt from William Langewiesche's article >"Rules of Engagement."

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The American Society of Magazine Editors is a nonprofit professional organization for editors of print magazines that are edited, published, and sold in the United States, as well as editors of online magazines. It sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia School of Journalism.

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