This spring, we launched with Columbia University Press the first of what we hope will be a long-running in a series of collections of great stories on business, finance and the economy, called The Best Business Writing 2012. The editors were me, Martha Hamilton, ex-of the Washington Post, The Audit’s Ryan Chittum, and Reuter’s Felix Salmon, an Audit Contributor.
Frankly, we were surprised at how it turned out: Really, really good, if we do say so ourselves. There’s stuff in there from everyone from Matt Taibbi to Warren Buffett (whatever that spectrum indicates); James Stewart, John Gapper, Nick Davies, Gretchen Morgenson, Louise Story, Michael Hudson, Chrystia Freeland, Marcia Angell, etc. etc. We even have something by noted business writer/film star, Hugh Grant.
There’s Rolling Stone’s profile of Don Blankenship and his brutal tenure as CEO of Massey Energy; the Guardian’s groundbreaking and courageous investigation into the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s media empire; the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s poignant account of the fatal consequences of federal deregulation in health and medicine; two searing pieces on the mortgage scandal, intimate looks behind the scenes of Pfizer, Google, and IKEA. I could go on, but the table of contents is here.
We liked it so much, we’re doing it again. We’ve already asked around, did some Tweets and got some good suggestions. Now it’s time for a last call (it comes out in the spring so goes into production before too long):
Have you seen or done anything that should be in The Best Business Writing 2013? Medium doesn’t matter: newspaper, magazine, blog, book (excerpt), or radio or movie (transcript). And as you’ll see from last year’s book, we define “business writing” very broadly. My introduction explaining how we think about it is here.
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