David Remnick is a man much praised for his powers of observation, description and analysis, and "Reporting" contains his very best pieces from the last fifteen years - so here is Remnick on Don DeLillo and Philip Roth, A. J. Liebling and The Sopranos; here is Remnick writing about Solzhenitsyn returning to Russia after nearly 20 years in exile, about Vaclav Havel stepping down after 13 years as the president of Czechoslovakia; here is Remnick's take on the reign of Vladimir Putin, on the failure of democracy in Mubarak's Egypt; Remnick on Katharine Graham and Mike Tyson, on Benjamin Netanyahu, and New Jersey Mob families. Without doubt one of America's most gifted and widely read journalists, Remnick's style combines compassion, empathy, exuberance and humour, and in "Reporting" he brings the written word to life, describing the world with extraordinary vividness and exceptional depth.
David Remnick has been the editor of the New Yorker since 1998. He was a staff writer for the magazine from 1992 to 1998 and, previous to that, the Washington Post's correspondent in the Soviet Union. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.