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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590204298
  • ASIN: B0091X2532
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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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.

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Very easy and enjoyable readings.
David Friedman
In a time when many newspapers are struggling, its good to to have Mr. Louis remind us of how much newspapers and their writers have contributed to our culture.
Janet Sproull-Lane
It's just the kind of book I'd been wanting without knowing it.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By TheLadyBandit on September 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ted the News Junkie on September 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on 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 By hpg on December 3, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Friedman on December 17, 2011
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By meadow on November 28, 2011
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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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