JASON WILSON is the drinks columnist at the Washington Post, the series editor of The Smart Set, and the author of Boozehound: On The Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated. He teaches at Drexel University.
Simon Winchester's many books include The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, Krakatoa, and A Crack in the Edge of the World. Each of these has been a New York Times bestseller and has appeared on numerous best and notable lists. Mr. Winchester was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 2006.
The book is always interesting and sometimes amazing in its diversity and range of experiences.
I am a huge fan of the The Best American Travel Writing series, but this year (2009) is not as well edited as year 2007, which I thought was the best yet.
Ive loved every edition of this series so far, but the editor was very poorly chosen for this year.
I admit I was careless, or too enthusiastic. This is an anthology of travel writing, but not Winchester's words. He offers a collection of the work of others. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rugby3
The editor is Simon Winchester and the identity of the person doing the selection does make a difference. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Mary E. Sibley