The Best American Magazine Writing 2005

Compiled by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Introduction by Nicholas Lemann

Columbia University Press

The Best American Magazine Writing 2005

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Pub Date: November 2005

ISBN: 9780231137805

440 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $19.95

The Best American Magazine Writing 2005

Compiled by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Introduction by Nicholas Lemann

Columbia University Press

The Best American Magazine Writing 2010 proves that print journalism is as vital as ever, offering information, amusement, connection, and perspective to those who love to lose themselves in a good read. This year's selections, chosen from National Magazine Awards finalists and winners, include David Grann's article from the New Yorker on the execution of a possibly innocent man; Sheri Fink's report from the New York Times Magazine on the alleged euthanization of patients during Hurricane Katrina; and Fareed Zakaria's compelling take from Newsweek on Iran's weakening regime.

The Best American Magazine Writing 2010 also includes absorbing profiles, arresting interviews, personal essays, and entrancing fiction. Esquire's Mike Sager recounts a promising quarterback's shocking descent into drugs; Vanity Fair's Bryan Burrough shares the confessions of the year's other major Ponzi schemer, and, from McSweeney's Quarterly, Wells Tower weaves a transporting tale of elemental desire. GQ's Tom Carson offers his critique of America's current vampire craze; Mitch Albom rediscovers Detroit's indomitable spirit in Sports Illustrated; and Garrison Keillor sings an ode to the homegrown joys of state fairs in National Geographic. Additional contributors include Atul Gawande, Megan McArdle, and many others commenting on a range of issues, from health care and the national debt to war movies and the controversy over circumcision. Altogether the writing collected here proves the rich pleasures waiting in the best magazines.

The best works of the year, cherry-picked and suitably delicious.

Kirkus Reviews

Readers will appreciate this collection from well-known and rising talents among American journalists.


Balanced, comprehensive, thought-provoking, involving, and well-crafted.

Library Journal

The compulsive readability of a good novel, but the immediacy and moral power of good journalism.

Irish Times
Introduction, by Nicholas Lemann
Acknowledgments, by Mark Whitaker
Home, by Chris Jones
Stomping Grounds, by Paul Kvinta
The Wronged Man, by Andrew Corsello
Dying in Darfur, by Samantha Power
Walking His Life Away, by Gary Smith
Torture at Abu Ghraib, by Seymour M. Hersh
Please Stand By While the Age of Miracles Is Briefly Suspended, by James McManus
Innocence Lost, by Nina Martin
The Man Who Loved Grizzlies, by Ned Zeman
Times Regained, by Adam Gopnik
Good Plan, Republicans. But It Didn't Work in Britain, by Jonathan Rauch
American Communion, by David Kamp
Modern Immaturity, by Jed Perl
Was Darwin Wrong?, by David Quammen
The Laptop Brigade, by James Wolcott
The Gift, by Ian Parker
Foaling Season, by Aryn Kyle
List of Contributors
2005 National Magazine Award Finalists
National Magazine Award Winners, 1966–2005
ASME Board of Directors, 2004–2005
ASME Mission Statement

About the Author

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.Jon Meacham is the former editor of Newsweek; he co-anchors Need to Know on PBS. His latest book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Meacham is also the author of two additional New York Times best-sellers: American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation and Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship.