A posthumous debut
novel—wry, wise, and outrageous—from award-winning journalist Michael
Hastings, based on his experiences working for Newsweek
The year is 2002. Weekly news magazines dominate the
political agenda in New York and Washington. A young journalist named Michael
M. Hastings is an intern at the Magazine, wet behind the ears, the only one in the office who has actually
read his coworkers’ books. He will stop at nothing to turn his internship into
a full-time position and has figured out just who 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 has just returned from Chad, where instead of
reporting on the genocide, he was told by his editors to focus on mobile-phone
outsourcing, as it’s more relevant. Then suddenly, the United States invades Iraq—and all
hell breaks loose.
As Hastings loses his naïveté 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 death in June 2013. Based on
Hastings’ own experiences, it is funny, sharp, and fast-paced, a great book
about the news game’s final days in the tradition of Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop, Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum
Diary, and Calvin Trillin’s
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