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Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns [Kindle Edition]

John P. Avlon , Jesse Angelo , Errol Louis
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Book Description

America's story has always been best told in its newspapers. From the local and mundane-crime blotters, crop prices, and Sunday sermons-to the Federalist Papers and Watergate, the press has played an outsized role in our nation's culture and history. Newspapers in America have always been the crucible where our passions and debates are tried by the only judge this nation respects: public opinion. At a time of great transition in the news media, Deadline Artists celebrates the relevance of the newspaper column through the simple power of excellent writing. It is an inspiration for a new generation of writers--whether their medium is print or digital-looking to learn from the best of their predecessors.

Contributors include: Jimmy Breslin, Mike Royko, Murray Kempton, Ernie Pyle, Peggy Noonan, Thomas L. Friedman, David Brooks, Mitch Albom, Dorothy Thompson, Ernest Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, Fanny Fern, Richard Harding Davis, Grantland Rice, Will Rogers, Orson Welles, Langston Hughes, Woody Guthrie, Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, H.L. Mencken, Ben Hecht, Westbrook Pegler, Heywood Broun, Damon Runyon, W. C. Heinz, Jimmy Cannon, Red Smith, Russell Baker, Art Buchwald, William F. Buckley, Hunter S. Thompson, Pete Dexter, Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry, Leonard Pitts, Anna Quindlen, Thomas Boswell, Tony Kornheiser, Kathleen Parker, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, Michael Kinsley, Cynthia Tucker, George Will, Jack Newfield, Mike Barnicle, Pete Hamill and Steve Lopez.

Editorial Reviews


"An indispensible anthology of an American art form -- a broad and brilliantly chosen compilation of the best newspaper column writing past and present -- and a real feast. I couldn't stop reading. The stories, yarns, insights and characters -- the immediacy and passion -- still resonate, still make you laugh, and think." — Peggy Noonan

"Columnists [are] like brilliant photographers using words to deliver an instant snapshot of history viewed through their own lens. John Avlon, Jesse Angelo, and Errol Louis have performed a huge public service by capturing hundreds of those moments with this collection." — Mike Barnicle

"It is the great American art form, read by millions every day." When these eloquent, compassionate newspaper columns were first delivered, they were treated as individual works of art, almanacs to suit any disposition. Well-catalogued and categorized, this exultant retrospective of American journalism seems ideal for today's attention spans and travel schedules. In the most memorable modern excerpt from the section "Wars and Other Foreign Affairs," Pete Hamill stands in a "pale gray wilderness" following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and tells readers: "As I write, it remains present tense." In other sections, Hunter S. Thompson and O. Henry reveal a raw, emotional, and entertaining style of journalism; a formula that Jimmy Breslin's surreal "'Are You John Lennon?'" piece surely encapsulates. Avlon, Angelo, and Louis's glorious compilation "is a chance to be there at moments when America changes, for better or for worse." Free-flowing to the very end, lasting drops of pure wisdom come in the form of Mary Schmich's infamous "sunscreen" composition, while Benjamin Franklin's 1757 sermon of advice literally offers words to live by. "Well done is better than well said," Franklin writes, but as far as this essential anthology goes, it's so well done, there's nothing left to say." — Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

"This may be the most addictive journalism book ever: dozens of glittering columns on topics Olympic and ordinary, most produced on deadline by a pantheon of outstanding writers, a collection that should squash any doubts that journalism should be literature." — The American Journalism Review, Winter 2011

About the Author

JOHN AVLON is a senior columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast as well as a CNN contributor. He is the author of Independent Nation and Wingnuts. Previously, Avlon was the chief speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani as well as a columnist and associate editor for The New York Sun.

JESSE ANGELO is Editor-in-Chief of The Daily, the first national news brand built from scratch for the iPad and other emerging platforms, as well as Executive Editor of the New York Post. A native New Yorker, Angelo worked as a reporter for The Sun in London and the Daily Telegraph in Sydney before joining the Post in 1999. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College.

ERROL LOUIS is the host of "Inside City Hall" on NY1. Previously he was a Daily News columnist, and he was named Best Columnist & Radio Show Host by the Village Voice in 2010. He is a CNN contributor.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1664 KB
  • Print Length: 429 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590204298
  • Publisher: Overlook Books; Reprint edition (September 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WK56WO
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! September 22, 2011
I'm a journalist, and I've always been amazed no one's done a collection like this yet. I picked up Deadline Artists last week, thinking I'd read it slowly, piece by piece, and instead found myself tearing through the whole thing in two days. The columns are terrific, each and every one, and they take you back to a time when column-writing was a real art, before all the blogs and so much of the dashed-off blather we have now online. Each piece tells a story: Shirley Povich on Lou Gehrig Day, Mike Royko on Mayor Daley, Gene Weingarten on the worst city in the U.S., and on and on and on. Taken all together, the columns also tell a bigger story, making Deadline Artists feel like not just a collection of disparate works but also a history of America, written piecemeal by the greatest journalists and opinion writers of the last two centuries. It's really just a great book. Highly recommend!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great and entertaining compilation September 30, 2011
Any self-respecting news-junkie should own a copy of this book. The compilation is a wonderful collection of columns with (a) rich and entertaining language that plays to one's good-writer lobe and (b) snipets of american history's greatest hits which remain relevant as context for current events unfolding today.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadline Artists November 1, 2011
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This is a definite must for newspaper
and magazine fans. Covering decades of the
best in journalism, it is divided into
categories and presents the chosen
favorites chronologically. It is an
enthralling read and you can do it in
order or by author. My single criticism
is that the authors edited it themselves.
I have never encountered so much garbled
grammar, missed and jumbled words, etc.
There is no reason for that. Otherwise
definitely, go for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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In the few days I've had this 400+ pager in my possession: I've revisited JFK's funeral at St. Matthew's Cathedral with Mary McGrory. Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day" column told me what it was like to wake up in the White House on December 7, 1941, and learn the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I've read reports from World War II battlefields by Ernie Pyle. And joined Charles McDowell as he drove through rural Virginia listening to what the people there thought about the rumors that Nixon would resign (and that later that day would prove true). And Pete Hamill's view of New Y0rk on 9/11/01. And Tom Boswell on the September night in 1998, when Baltimore Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken voluntarily ended his career and streak of 2,632 consecutive games, just minutes before game time. And farewell columns by Walter Lippmann to Amelia Earhart and Grantland Rice to Babe Ruth and Damon Runyon to FDR and Shirley Povich to Lou Gehrig and Michael Kelly to Francis Albert Sinatra.

Next on my reading list: Crime columns by Ernest Hemingway and Walter Winchell and Carl Hiaasen. Columns by Langston Hughes and I. F. Stone and William Raspberry on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties...Local columns by Mike Royko on Chicago and Molly Ivans on Lubbock and Herb Caen on San Francisco..... Hard Times columns by Woody Guthrie and Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill...Pursuit of Happiness columns by Will Rogers, Benjamin Franklin, Damon Runyan and Erma Bombeck...and oh, so many, many more. Then on to that upcoming sequel, Deadline Artists--Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs:: More of America's Greatest Newspaper Columns.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An All-Star Lineup November 27, 2011
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This book certainly has a variety or many of the heavyweights of the newspaper world. Several of my favorites such as Jim Murray, Wells Twombly, Damon Runyon, Mike Royko, and Tom Boswell are all here. Jim Murray's column on losing his sight in his so-called "good" eye has always been one of my favorites. Peter Hamill's column on the death of Senator Robert Kennedy, to me, is the most powerful one in the book. The sections on Crime, Sports, Hard Times, and Farewells are my favorite sections. Photos are also provided so we can see what each of the writers look like. Ben Franklin favors us with several of his proverbs that still apply today. The last one entitled "45 Life Lessons--and Five to Grow On" by Regina Brett is her most-requested column she has ever written, and after reading it one can see why this is so. Several writers from the distant past such as the previously mentioned Damon Runyon, Heywood Broun, Grantland Rice, and Westbrook Pegler are in this all-star lineup as well. You, too, Mike Barnicle. I always enjoy your opinions. If you want to learn how to be a writer you can start by reading great writers such as those included in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deadline artists December 3, 2011
By hpg
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A great read for anyone. Bought it for my husband and son and I can't put it down. I wish our local jounalists would write like any of these.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadline Artists December 17, 2011
A teriffic compendium of the columns of some of America"s greatest newspaper writers,past and present.Every column could be a book in itself. The columns by GTrantland Rice,Jimmy Cannon,Pete Hamill.Are wonderful. The columns cover every aspect of life,whether it be joy and happiness or pathos. The reader will also learn a lot of very important historical facts from the 1860's to the present. Very easy and enjoyable readings. It is a very hard book to put down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadline Artists November 28, 2011
By meadow
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I heard this reviewed on the radio and thought I should buy it. It's even better than I had expected. I have shared it with several friends - they all agree with me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like it.
Published 2 months ago by Kay C. Wentzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No complaints
Published 6 months ago by Betty Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A sobering, yet often witty and introspective, chronology of our times.
Published 8 months ago by Abraham A. van Kempen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Brilliant book. Smart, insightful, practical and inspiring. Many thanks to the author for understanding that there was a need for this collection of articles.
Published 12 months ago by Jordan C. Salcito
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love great writing, you'll love this book.
Every column is a stroll through history with reporters who not only knew what they were writing about but wrote with a craft to be admired and savored.
Published 13 months ago by Robert E. Zyskowski
5.0 out of 5 stars When writing for newspaper really meant something...
Hemingway, Mencken, Rice, Hecht, Runyon...there were writers on newspapers in those days, and these are just a smattering of the great writers in this book-a collection of columns... Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. D. Heise
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Both books in this series provide a glimpse into our nation's history from a very intimate perspective - writers who were living at the time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lawrence J. Marotta
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadline Artists
I read excerpts to my feature writing class. This would be an excellent text for any readings class in journalism, at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Robert Buckman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
Fantastic collection of many of the great columns...a must read for anyone interested in journalism or a personal description of some of the great events of recent history.
Published on March 24, 2013 by bonefishbill
4.0 out of 5 stars good and fun
If you enjoy the written word, this is for you. It is fun and entertaining. I gave it to my father-in-law, who loved it.
Published on March 14, 2013 by bookworm
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