The New New Journalism
Robert S. Boynton
Ted Conover
Richard Ben Cramer
Leon Dash
William Finnegan
Jonathan Harr
Alex Kotlowitz
Jon Krakauer
Jane Kramer
William Langewiesche
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Michael Lewis
Susan Orlean
Richard Preston
Ron Rosenbaum
Eric Schlosser
Gay Talese
Calvin Trillin
Lawrence Weschler
Lawrence Wright
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           Most Americans were traumatized by the terrorist attacks of September 11, shocked by the kind of chaos and destruction they associate with distant lands. Atlantic Monthly national correspondent William Langewiesche was not. "After years of traveling through the back corners of the world, I had an unexpected sense not of the strangeness of this scene but of its familiarity."
           Within hours of the attacks, Langewiesche was on the phone with his editor, discussing how he should cover the story. He flew to New York and found that only limited-access press passes were available. He and his editor sent two faxes, one to City Hall and one to Kenneth Holden, the commissioner of the little-known Department of Design and Construction. It turned out that not only was Holden an enormous fan�both of the writer and The Atlantic Monthly� but he had read several of Langewiesche's books. Holden gave Langewiesche unlimited access to the site and all meetings concerning the physical cleanup�making him the only journalist with such privileges.
           One year later, The Atlantic Monthly ran three installments of "American Ground," the longest piece of original reporting the magazine had ever published. In it, Langewiesche chronicles the dangerous and complicated task of "unbuilding" some of the largest structures in the world. The dismantling, rather than the destruction, of the WTC became his metaphor for national exceptionalism�the peculiarly American combination of resilience and ingenuity.
           In writing about the disaster, Langewiesche Employed the unsentimental perspective, prodigious reporting, a stark prose style he had used for his Atlantic assignments all across the globe.
           Langewiesche's father, was a pilot and the author of Stick and Rudder, a 1944 classic on flying techniques. William spent much of his youth in airplanes and, after graduating from Stanford University in 1974 with a degree in anthropology, he moved to New York to work for Flying magazine. Langewiesche didn't like the insularity of the New York magazine world and left it to become a professional pilot.
           In 1990, he started writing for The Atlantic Monthly, and during the next decade, wrote a series of lengthy, eclectic Atlantic articles: "The Shipbreakers," a report from Alang, India, where massive ships are torn apart by hand and turned into scrap metal; "The Million Dollar Nose," a profile of wine critic Robert Parker; and a number of pieces that benefited from his knowledge of aviation. His exhaustive investigation in the "The Crash of EgyptAir 990," which showed how a pilot's intentional act led to the deaths of 217 people, won a National Magazine Award in 2001.In November 2003, Langewiesche returned to the aerial view with an examination of the factors that caused the Columbia shuttle to explode over the Southwest. His fifth book, The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime, was published in September 2004.
           In 2006, Langewiesche left the Atlantic to become Vanity Fair's international correspondent.



BOOKS

Finding the Devil Darkness, Light, and the Untold Story of the Chilean Mine Disaster , Byliner Original 2012
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Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009
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The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, May 2007
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The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime, North Point Press, 2004
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American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center, North Point Press, 2002
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Inside the Sky: A Meditation on Flight, Pantheon, 1998
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Sahara Unveiled: A Journey Across the Desert, Pantheon, 1996
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Cutting for Sign, Pantheon, 1993
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ARTICLES

"GoPro, Young Man", Vanity Fair, July 2014

"The Chaos Company", Vanity Fair, April 2014

"What Lies Beneath", Vanity Fair, October 2013

"The Man Who Pierced the Sky", Vanity Fair, May 2013

"The Expendables", Vanity Fair, November 2012

"The Wave Maker", Vanity Fair, February 2011

" Sharpshooters: The Distant Executioner", Vanity Fair, February 2010

"2001: Towers of Strength", The New York Times, December 27, 2009

"Anatomy of a Miracle", Vanity Fair, June 2009

"The Pirate Latitudes", Vanity Fair, April 2009

"The Devil at 37,000 Feet", Vanity Fair, January 2009

"House of War", Vanity Fair, December 2008

"Stealing Weather", Vanity Fair, May 2008

"China Dispatch: Beijing’s Olympic Makeover", Vanity Fair, April 2008

"A Face In the Crowd", Vanity Fair, February 2008

"Letter From Iraq: The Mega-Bunker of Baghdad", Vanity Fair, November 2007

"Congo From the Cockpit", Vanity Fair, July 2007

"Jungle Law", Vanity Fair, May 2007

"Letter From Sau Paulo: City of Fear", Vanity Fair, April 2007

"How to Get a Nuclear Bomb", The Atlantic Monthly, December 2006

"Rules of Engagement", Vanity Fair, November 2006

"Baghdad is Burning", Vanity Fair, September 2006

"The Point of No Return", January/February 2006, The Atlantic Monthly

"The Wrath of Khan", The Atlantic Monthly, November 2005

"Ziad for the Defense", The Atlantic Monthly, June 2005

"Hotel Baghdad: Fear and lodging in Iraq", The Atlantic Monthly, May 2005

"The Accuser", The Atlantic Monthly, March 2005

"Letter From Baghdad", The Atlantic Monthly, January/February 2005

"Welcome to the Green Zone", The Atlantic Monthly, November 2004

"A Sea Story", The Atlantic Monthly, May 2004

"A Two-Planet Species?", The Atlantic Monthly, January/February 2004

"Columbia’s Last Flight", Atlantic Monthly, November 2003

"American Ground: Part II, The Dance of the Dinosaurs (excerpt)", The Atlantic Monthly, October 2002

"American Ground: Part II, The Rush To Recover (excerpt)", The Atlantic Monthly, September 2002

"American Ground: Part I, The Inner World (excerpt)", Atlantic Monthly, July/August 2002

"Storm Island", Atlantic Monthly, December 2001

"The Crash of EgyptAir 990", Atlantic Monthly, November 2001

"Peace is Hell", Atlantic Monthly, October 2001

"The Profits of Doom", Atlantic Monthly, April 2001

"The Million-Dollar Nose", Atlantic Monthly, December 2000

"The Shipbreakers", Atlantic Monthly, August 2000

"Preparing for the Unforgiving Sky", New York Times, July 21, 1999

"Flight 800", Life, July 1999

"Eden: A Gated Community", Atlantic Monthly, June 1999

"Senses of Place", Atlantic Monthly, January 1999

"On the Ground in Patagonia", The Atlantic Monthly, March 18, 1998

"The Lessons of ValueJet 592", Atlantic Monthly, March 1998

"Invisible Men", The New Yorker, February 23 & March 2, 1998

"Slam and Jam", Atlantic Monthly, October 1997

"Alone on the Bring", The Atlantic Monthly, June 11, 1997

"The Discreet Charm of the Chilean Bourgeousie", The Atlantic Monthly, April 16, 1997

"Turabi’s Law", Atlantic Monthly, August 1994

"The Turn", Atlantic Monthly, December 1993

"Vacations in the Sahara", Atlantic Monthly, November 1993

"The Border (Part Two)", Atlantic Monthly, June 1992

"The Border (Part One)", Atlantic Monthly, May 1992

"The World in Its Extreme", Atlantic Monthly, November 1991

"Riding the Mail Express to Dakar", New York Times, November 25, 1990



Interviews and Reviews

Mediabistro interview, by E. B. Boyd So What Do You Do, William Langewiesche, International Correspondent, Vanity Fair?, July 25, 2007

NPR's Morning Edition interview with William Langewiesche, Part II Going Nuclear: Many Aim to Join a Powerful Club, May 16, 2007

NPR's Morning Edition interview with William Langewiesche, Part I Browsing the 'Atomic Bazaar', May 15, 2007

Stephen Colbert interview with William Langewiesche, May 14, 2007

The author talks about "Rules of Engagement," his November 2006 V.F. article about the Haditha killings Interview by Keenan Mayo, October 19, 2006

The World in Which We Live: Langewiesche on nuclear proliferation—and why the U.S. is powerless to stop it, The Atlantic Monthly, November 2005

Inskeep, Steve, Green Zone: A U.S. Fortress of Solitude?, Morning Edition, NPR, October 15, 2004

Iraq's Walled City Atlantic Unbound, October 13, 2004

“Iraq: Welcome to the Green Zone,” Talk of the Nation, NPR, October 11, 2004

“Writer and Aviator William Langewiesche,” Fresh Air, NPR, May 27, 2004

Berrett, Jesse, “Boatload of Trouble,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 23, 2004

“Columbia Shuttle Disaster: One Year Later,” Weekend Edition, NPR, February 1, 2004

Lettre Ulysses Award, 2004

“Anarchy at Sea,” Talk of the Nation, NPR, August 11, 2003

"Going Long, Going Deep," Scott Sherman, The Columbia Journalism Review, November/December 2002

William Langewiesche, Talk of the Nation, November 20, 2002

Transcript of November 20, 2002 NPR interview about American Ground,

McQuillan, Alice and Maki Becker, “Bravest Protest 9/11 Book,” New York Daily News, November 19, 2002

“Writer William Langewiesche,” Fresh Air, NPR, November 4, 2002

Noah, Timothy, “Lay Off Langewiesche—Slate Defends the Best Thing Yet Written about 9/11,” Slate, October 17, 2002

Townsend, J.S., “‘We Had Never Seen Anything Like This,’” American Journalism Review, September 2002

Review of American Ground, McLeary, Paul, “After the Fall,” January Magazine, September 2002

Statement by the editors of The Atlantic Monthly defending American Ground,

“Ground Zero,” Talk of the Nation, July 2, 2002

“Unbuilding the World Trade Center,” All Things Considered, NPR, June 6, 2002

“The Center of the World,” American Experience,

“William Langewiesche: How I Write,” The Writer Magazine,



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