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The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1997)

by Kevin Kerrane (Editor), Ben Yagoda (Editor)

Other authors: James Agee (Contributor), Svetlana Alexiyevich (Contributor), Walter Bernstein (Contributor), Boswell. James (Contributor), Jimmy Breslin (Contributor)52 more, Bill Buford (Contributor), Abraham Cahan (Contributor), Jimmy Cannon (Contributor), Truman Capote (Contributor), Ted Conover (Contributor), Marvel Cooke (Contributor), Dennis Covington (Contributor), Richard Ben Cramer (Contributor), Stephen Crane (Contributor), Richard Harding Davis (Contributor), Daniel Defoe (Contributor), Charles Dickens (Contributor), Joan Didion (Contributor), James Fenton (Contributor), Martha Gellhorn (Contributor), Peter Louis Goldman (Contributor), Lawrence Otis Graham (Contributor), Bob Greene (Contributor), Ben Hecht (Contributor), W. C. Heinz (Contributor), Ernest Hemingway (Contributor), Michael Herr (Contributor), John Hersey (Contributor), Ryszard Kapuscinski (Contributor), Tracy Kidder (Contributor), Norman Lewis (Contributor), A. J. Liebling (Contributor), Jack London (Contributor), Rosemary Mahoney (Contributor), Norman Mailer (Contributor), Morris Markey (Contributor), Henry Mayhew (Contributor), John McPhee (Contributor), Joseph Mitchell (Contributor), Sylvester Monroe (Contributor), George Orwell (Contributor), Hickman Powell (Contributor), Piers Paul Read (Contributor), Ron Rosenbaum (Contributor), Lillian Ross (Contributor), David Simon (Contributor), John Simpson (Contributor), Gary Smith (Contributor), W. T. Stead (Contributor), John Steinbeck (Contributor), Al Stump (Contributor), Gay Talese (Contributor), Hunter S. Thompson (Contributor), Rebecca West (Contributor), Walt Whitman (Contributor), Michael Winerip (Contributor), Tom Wolfe (Contributor)

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The Art of Fact is a historical treasury tracing what used to be called "new" journalism back to such pioneers as Defoe, Dickens, and Orwell, and to crime writers, investigative social reporters, and war correspondents who stretched the limits of style and even propriety to communicate powerful truth. The tradition is alive and well in stories that take us from a cantina in Los Angeles to a lesbian bar in Dublin, from a massacre in Tiananmen Square to a nonviolent revolution in the Philippines. This international emphasis links American literary journalists to their counterparts in England, Africa, and Russia.… (more)
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The Art of Fact lives up to its billing as literary journalism;
unfortunately, it is also pretty depressing.

Not that the reporting isn't often impressive; it's the selection of content that can weigh readers down,
getting us off to a rip roaring start with a hanging and moving into Dickens totally without redemption...

it would have been welcome if Whitman had led off the collection. It's one to end wars forever.

"Bronx Slave market" was brutally honest.

"Armies of the Night" offered Mailer's self-absorbed and humorless tedium.

It works as an uneven collection from the opening horror and onto more boring tedium (Tom Wolfe) and into brilliant (John McPhee).

"Juke Joint" was the most readable and Hershey's HIROSHIMA the most powerful.

Wars and violence and more cruelty than can be imagined -
is this the best that humans can come up with after climbing down the trees and crossing the savannas?

It was also surprising not to see Mary McGrory's evocative JFK writing
alongside Jimmy Breslin's lighter "It's an Honor." ( )
  m.belljackson | Jun 7, 2021 |
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Alexiyevich, SvetlanaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernstein, WalterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Cooke, MarvelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Cramer, Richard BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Davis, Richard HardingContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Fenton, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The Art of Fact is a historical treasury tracing what used to be called "new" journalism back to such pioneers as Defoe, Dickens, and Orwell, and to crime writers, investigative social reporters, and war correspondents who stretched the limits of style and even propriety to communicate powerful truth. The tradition is alive and well in stories that take us from a cantina in Los Angeles to a lesbian bar in Dublin, from a massacre in Tiananmen Square to a nonviolent revolution in the Philippines. This international emphasis links American literary journalists to their counterparts in England, Africa, and Russia.

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