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Things worth fighting for : collected writings

by Kelly, Michael, 1957-2003.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction AC8.K375 2004
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  AC8.K375 2004
Plum Community Library Adult Non-Fiction 814 KEL
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Adult Non-Fiction
Call Number  814 KEL
The collected articles and columns of Michael Kelly, award-winning reporter, war correspondent, columnist, and editor, whose passion for the good story and whose candor and wit made him one of the foremost journalists of our time.

Michael Kelly called himself a "colored lights" sort of person-a regular guy, not a member of the elite "white light" crowd-when it came to his holiday decorations, his writing, and his zest for life. His career reflected myriad colors: he wrote for a large variety of publications, covering a multitude of topics-political, international, and personal-with singular insight, passion, and wit. This collection of his most memorable magazine and newspaper stories and columns-drawn from the Washington Post , New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic , and other publications-puts on full display the dazzling panoply of his gifts: for physical description and scene setting; for telling detail, brilliant simile, and satirical insight; for prose that is at once mathematically precise and lyrical.

Here are the searing portraits of Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, H. Ross Perot, and other seminal political figures of our time that won Kelly national attention. Here are the stunning dispatches from the first Gulf War that earned him the National Magazine Award for reporting and burnished his journalistic legend. Here are the fierce columns and landmark cover stories that raised disturbing questions about Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the deeply incestuous relationship between Washington, D.C.'s political and media cultures. And here are the loving family portraits and hilarious social commentaries.

Colored Lights represents the body of work of a journalist who demonstrated time and again a surpassing talent for penetrating to the heart of the matter, for advancing far beyond the headlines and surface appearances of people and events to find their true meanings, for getting the story other writers missed and telling it with a verve few other writers could match.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Kelly, the award-winning journalist who was killed in 2001 while on assignment in Iraq for the Atlantic Monthly 0 and the Washington Post,0 compiled an incredible body of work that reflected on American life from the mundane to the monumental. This collection, with a foreword from Tedoppel, offers a sampling ofelly's blistering wit and penetrating observations. Topics focus on American life, including the Catholic Church's cover-up of child abuse by priests; social stylings back and forth between square and cool culture; the game of politics that seems less about objective realty than virtual reality, including portraits of Tedennedy and Ross Perot (with a separate section devoted exclusively to Bill Clinton and troubling questions about his administration); the perils and absurdities of covering war; andelly's own life as a husband and father. An epilogue includes e-mails fromelly to friends, family, and colleagues that evoke the personality of the man, his zest for his work, and his belief that all of us are in search of things worth fighting for. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2004 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Atlantic Monthly editor Kelly, who covered Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Arafat's return to Gaza in 1994, and Bosnia in 1995, was killed in the Iraq war in April 2003. Although he'd considered himself a dove in the Vietnam years, "I am certainly now a hawk," he declared in 2002, his war coverage having convinced him "of the moral imperative, sometimes, for war." "There are things worth dying for, and killing for," as "every twelve-year-old" in Bosnia already knows. While Kelly's war reportage dominates this collection of his columns (mostly published in the Washington Post, the New Yorker and the New Republic in the 1990s), the volume also covers domestic culture and politics. Kelly's signature format was the character (or lack of character) sketch, where he'd reduce larger-than-life politicians to a decidedly human scale. Jesse Jackson "jets around the world as secretary of his own state of mind." Ross Perot was America's "first fusion-paranoia candidate for the presidency." When Bob Dole makes a speech, his phrases interrupt each other "like a call-waiting system gone awry." Beyond mere Beltway-insider cleverness, Kelly argued for a return to core American values like courage, honesty and love of country. We can't go back to being "square"-it's quite as impossible as "revirginizing"-but being patriotic and conservative could be cool again, Kelly suggests. The book's strength lies in the impact of having Kelly's war essays in one place, in chronological order, giving them a power they didn't have when sprinkled weekly in the press. (On sale Mar. 29) Forecast: The publisher plans publication events in Boston and New York, and national advertising, but without Kelly to promote the book, sales may be less than hoped for. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Kelly, Michael, -- 1957-2003.
Journalists -- United States.
Publisher New York :The Penguin Press,2004
Language English
Description xx, 426 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 1594200122 (acid-free paper)
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