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From Publishers Weekly

Editors Leckey (a syndicated columnist) and Auletta (a writer for the New Yorker) are in a no-win situation with this second annual collection of the best in business journalism. If someone complains that reporting on small companies, foreign business and investing are underrepresented here which they are someone else would certainly have complained if coverage in those areas meant leaving out the offbeat profiles of postprison Michael Milken or kitchen gadget innovator and late-night infomercial pitchman Ron Popeil. And for every reader who wonders why a well-publicized Fortune cover story on Idea Lab's William Gross is reprinted here, someone else will say that they didn't get a chance to clip it the first time around. Given the inherent difficulties, the editors have done an admirable job of selecting engaging investigative pieces, essays and profiles on subjects as diverse as gene patenting and deadly falling items on discount store shelves. Perhaps their biggest contribution is revealing that some of the best business writing these days isn't found in the traditional business magazines, but in the New Yorker and the Atlantic. Some readers may quibble that the table of contents should list the magazines these pieces came from, or that the introductions to each article are clunky and unhelpful. Still, this is a fun read especially for those who don't always keep up with business news. (Jan. 15)Forecast: Given the events of the past year, this collection could do exceptionally well. These stories paint an accurate picture of our turbulent economy.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This second edition of an annual series selects 27 outstanding articles on such wide-ranging topics as Michael Milken, baby formula, Yahoo, and Ron Popeil. All focus on the human aspect of business and were published between July 1, 2000, and June 30, 2001, although two stories were added to address the consequences of September 11. Guest editor Auletta, one of the best and best-known business writers around, chose articles from such sources as New York, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Fast Company, Bloomberg Markets, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and the St. Petersburg (FL) Times. Stories vary in length from three to 32 pages but average 17 pages. Individually, many will be found on services like EbscoHost, Proquest, or Lexis-Nexis but not with any indication of their quality or influence. Good business writing is inherently interesting, and this is a fine purchase for public libraries where there is an active business readership. Two- and four-year academic libraries serving business writing or technical communications programs will also find this potentially useful. Libraries should consider making a long content note in their cataloging record; otherwise, many of these excellent articles will be lost to readers. Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Technical Coll.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 2002 Ed edition (January 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375725016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375725012
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wil S. Hylton is an author and essayist whose writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, and many other magazines. His work has been selected for numerous anthologies, including Best American Political Writing, Best Music Writing, Best Business Stories, and Next Wave: America's New Generation of Great Literary Journalists.

Hylton's first book, VANISHED, describes the mysterious disappearance of an American bomber during World War II and the unyielding effort by scientists and adventurers to locate its missing crew. More information about VANISHED can be seen at www.vanishedbook.com.

Hylton has been featured on The Diane Rehm Show, NPR Weekend Edition, Hardball with Chris Mathews, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, American History TV, and The News with Brian Williams. He is a visiting writer at Johns Hopkins University, and a recipient of the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Journalism, granted by the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

More of his writing can be found at www.wilshylton.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hypermark on April 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
What a simple, yet compelling, concept. Scour all of the business magazines (mostly major ones, though), and pick the best 27 articles of the prior year, independent of field of interest. Then lay them out with no extra fluff, letting the original work be the star attraction. Such is the concept behind this book, which was both a quick read and difficult to put down.
With stories ranging from the rise, fall and re-rise of fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger to a joyous piece on Ron Popeil of quirky gadget-maker (and those accompanying infomercials) Ronco fame to an amazing tome on emerging "digital paper" technology that has to be read to be fully appreciated, this book covered a myriad of topics that I probably would not have gone out of my way to track down, but having read about them in this book, my appetite to read on has only been whetted.
If you are looking to expand your horizons beyond the two or three topics that currently represent your comfort zone, this book is an easy and enjoyable way to dip your toes in the water.
Strongly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Garrett M. Heenan on July 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
A terrific collection of well-written and fascinating pieces of business journalism. I picked this book up at an airport expecting to read just a few of the stories that looked interesting. I ended up reading the entire book cover to cover. Each story offers an insightful and interesting view of a particular business or industry. For anyone interested in the corporate scandals that seem to be erupting in the business world on a near-weekly basis, you will find yourself completely absorbed by this book in no time at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
From print media and journals to business and general interest publications, the authors have searched for the best business accounts from the past year, providing vignettes and accounts primarily nonfiction in content, but telling of business goals, individuals, and strategies. A diverse, well-represented collection.
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