The Last Magazine

By Michael Hastings
(Blue Rider Press, Hardcover, 9780399169946, 336pp.)

Publication Date: June 17, 2014

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The year is 2002. Weekly newsmagazines dominate the political agenda in New York and Washington. A young journalist named Michael M. Hastings is a twenty-two- year-old intern at "The Magazine," wet behind the ears, the only one in the office who's actually read his coworker's books. He will stop at nothing to turn his internship into a full-time position, and he's figured out just whom to impress: Nishant Patel, the international editor, and Sanders Berman, managing editor, both vying for the job of editor in chief. While Berman and Nishant try to one-up each other pontificating on cable news, A. E. Peoria--the one reporter seemingly doing any work--is having a career crisis. He's just returned from Chad, where, instead of the genocide, he was told by his editors to focus on mobile phone outsourcing, which they think is more relevant. And then, suddenly, the United States invades Iraq--and all hell breaks loose. As Hastings loses his naivete about the journalism game, he must choose where his loyalties lie--with the men at "The Magazine" who can advance his career or with his friend in the field who is reporting the truth.
"The Last Magazine" is the debut novel from Michael Hastings, discovered in his files after his untimely death in June 2013. Informed by his own journalistic experiences, it is wickedly funny, sharp, and fast-paced: a great book about print journalism's last glory days, and a compelling first novel from one of America's most treasured reporters.



About the Author
Michael Hastings (1980-2013) spent two years reporting on Iraq and worked for "Newsweek" starting in 2002. He won the 2010 George Polk Award for magazine reporting, and at the time of his death, he was writing about politics for the news Web site BuzzFeed.


NPR
Sunday, Jun 15, 2014

When Michael Hastings died, he was known as a reporter. The Last Magazine, just published posthumously, proves him a novelist as well. NPR's Rachel Martin discusses it with his widow, Elise Jordan. More at NPR.org

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