This collection, subtitled "Reporting in the Radical First Person from Harper's Magazine," makes me want to bear hug and lavish sloppy kisses on everyone at Harper's -- for not only still believing in long-form literary journalism in the Age of Twitter, but for engaging in it with such wit and purposeful mischief and, well, a sense of adventure. My favorite piece in the book might be Ken Silverstein's dark (and darkly funny) exploration of the lobbyist's soul, but the other reports here -- by Charles Bowden, Adam Davidson, Barbara Ehrenreich, Steve Featherstone, Kristoffer A. Garin, Gary Greenberg, Jay Kirk, Willem Marx, Morgan Meis, Jeff Sharlet, Jake Silverstein, Wells Tower, William T. Vollmann and Bill Wasik (Wasik also edited the collection) -- are all equally worthy of being immortalized in hardback (thanks, New Press!). I'm randomly giving away one copy of "Submersion Journalism."
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