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Things Worth Fighting For: Collected Writings

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The collected articles and columns of Michael Kelly, award-winning reporter, war correspondent, columnist, and editor, whose passion for the good story and whose candor and wit made him one of the foremost journalists of our time.

Michael Kelly called himself a "colored lights" sort of person-a regular guy, not a member of the elite "white light" crowd-when it came to his
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Penguin Press HC, The (first published 2004)
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Patrick McCoy
I picked up Michael Kelly’s posthumous collection of writings, Things Worth Fighting For, because I was a fan of his writing when I subscribed to The Atlantic Monthly a couple of years ago. I was disappointed to learn what a self-righteous, puritanical curmudgeon he was. The book was mainly made up of profiles and commentaries, but there was also some war reporting. Arguably his best writing was the profiles of Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, and Richard Daley. But the problem of these was that he t ...more
Apr 03, 2008 Stewart rated it really liked it
A collection of Kelly’s short opinion columns for the Washington Post as well as his longer magazine pieces, there is something very good in virtually every one of them, some illuminating insight into a person or issue or a perfect turn of phrase. (From a column on the Bush-Gore debate: “Gore was so programmed, so artificial, that it seemed as if he had been put together with an Identikit, hurriedly and in the dark. His face, with its leaps from oaken repose to plastic animation, looked like the ...more
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Until he died, I read Michael Kelly every Wednesday in the Washington Post. He was so amazingly talented. And funny. And smart. Even when I disagreed with him, I was in awe of him. When I heard he'd died in Iraq (he was an embedded journalist), I was on the highway and had to pull my car over to the side of the road. It was such a blow to so many of us who read him and felt as if we knew him.

Practically speaking, the only reason I give this four stars is because there were some pieces in here th
Jun 10, 2009 Katy rated it it was amazing
Let me be upfront-- this book is a collection of columns written by my brother, Michael Kelly, and published after he died reporting on the war in Iraq. That said, the book is filled with marvelous essays. The one about walking with a 4 year-old will speak to anyone who has parented a child that age.
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Every time I read one of the selections in this book, I feel an empty spot. His ability to explain the world simply has never been replaced. I wish he were here.
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Jul 24, 2007 David Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection reveals why Michael Kelly's death leaves such a void in journalism. He has no equal working today.
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great journalist and sad to be killed so young.
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American journalist for The New York Times, a columnist for The Washington Post and The New Yorker, and a magazine editor for The New Republic, National Journal, and The Atlantic. He came to prominence through his reporting on the first Gulf War, and was well known for his political profiles and commentary, but suffered professional embarrassment for his role in the Stephen Glass scandal at The Ne ...more
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