Our appetite for incisive and articulate reporting and analysis
have been sharpened and made more urgent by recent events. And
columnists and reporters have, as a group, responded by writing at
a higher level. Indeed, this may be something of a golden age of
political commentary. This highly readable, entertaining compendium
collects the best political writing from the past year, from
insightful analyses of the national and local political scene to
sharply drawn profiles of some of the nations most colorful
political figures; from the contentious presidential election and
its controversial resolution in the Supreme Court decision, Bush
vs. Gore, to the ineradicable tragedy of September 11, and Americas
prosecution of seemingly limitless war. Composed primarily of short
articles, longer pieces of particular merit, and excerpts from
notable books, The Best American Political Writing 2002 covers all
points on the political spectrum, gathering from the op-ed pages of
the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and other
leading national newspapers; commentary from periodicals like The
New Yorker, Harpers, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, Weekly
Standard, and Foreign Affairs; publications of think tanks like the
Heritage Foundation and the Manhattan Institute; Web-based
magazines like Slate and Salon; and significant speeches including
George W. Bushs address to Congress in the wake of the World Trade
Center attacks. Selections come from the countrys finest political
writers, including Pat Buchanan, Elizabeth Clift, E. J. Dionne,
Hendrik Hertzberg, Christopher Hitchens, Molly Ivins, Bill Kristol,
Anthony Lewis, William Safire, and many others. Together, their
voices are adistillation of our national conversation.
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