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The Best American Magazine Writing 2008

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"The Best American Magazine Writing 2008" is an essential guide to the year's most entertaining, politically charged, and sophisticated essays. With pieces first published in "The Nation," "National Geographic," "Vanity Fair," and the "New Yorker," among other leading publications, this anthology illuminates the most compelling issues of the past year and points to the top ...more
Paperback, 546 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Columbia University Press (first published November 7th 2008)
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This collection delivers everything that was missing from the 2008 essay anthology edited by Adam Gopnik. The writing is crisp and engaging throughout, with very few exceptions. What really sets it apart though are the topics discussed. The best pieces in the book -- Jane Meyer's "The Black Sites" (on CIA interrogations post 9/11); Joshua Kors on the denial of medical and disability benefits to Iraq veterans; George Packer's scathing account of the shameful betrayal by the U.S. government of the ...more
Some great articles included in this year's anthology - I was engaged in most of the article whether it was out of happiness, anger, or sadness. I love these books because it's not only a range of great stories, but of incredibly written magazine articles.

My personal favourites -

The Black Sites - Jane Mayer
Specialist Town Takes His Case to Washington - Joshua Kors
"You Have Thousands of Angels Around You" - Paige Williams (this one made me emotional)
Out in the Cold - Mike Kessler
I Am Joe's Prost
This is the second compendium of best magazine articles I've read, and I found almost as much here to intrigue me as I did in the first collection (the 2007 winners--please see my lengthy review on that book, because it contains URLs to the best articles). Each year, the collection is edited by a different person, who chooses out his or her favorites from among the year's award-winning magazine articles. I think, perhaps, that I don't have as much in common with Jacob Weisberg (of Slate). His ta ...more
Alex Boates
Just finished picking my way through this one. There were some stories in here that made me cry. In particular "You have Thousands of Angels All Around You." by Paige Williams. She tells of a African refugee who get's intercepted in America on her way to Canada and how the small extra steps that people in bureaucratic positions literally save her life. They elevate it from terrible cycle of horrific violence into a place of the sublime. There are a lot of stories relating to the war in Iraq. Win ...more
The writing of these articles stand the test of time. The writing is good, solid. The writing makes me read articles on topics of no interest to me.

The topics are dated. Six years later, I can only assume much has changed in regards to any of articles in this book.

I think I paid $1 for this at the thrift store because I am a sucker any of the Best American titles.
Feb 15, 2009 Marjanne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in semi-current events
I liked this collection of articles, from various magazines, that received awards. They are all non-fiction, and are generally current-events-types of stories (all of the articles appeared in magazines in 2007, so they're just a little bit dated). I appreciated the variety of topics and I feel like I learned a little something from most of them. There was at least one story I wish I had skipped, but overall I was pretty happy with what was offered. There is some language in some of the stories, ...more
Julia Istomina
This collection is great - especially with such a monumental year - there are a lot of articles focusing on Iraq, the election, and Veteran's rights. I think as far as pop culture goes, this should be required reading. It's like Scientific American Human Interest:)
I always enjoy these books. It's a chance to catch up on the best magazine journalism of the year. I especially liked the pieces on China, Brazil and the profile of the soldier who died in Iraq.
There's a reason these pieces were picked. However, I think some of them were picked based on publication, i.e. The New Yorker, rather than for the fact that it was a great piece.
Margaret Sankey
Because even though I try, I cannot keep up with every magazine published in English.
Everyone has to read Pat Dollard's War on Hollywood!!!
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The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is a non-profit professional organization for editors of print and online magazines which are edited, published and distributed in the U.S. Established in 1963, ASME currently has about 850 members nationwide. Among other things, ASME works to preserve editorial independence and speaks out on public policy issues, particularly those pertaining to the ...more
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