From The Guardian:
Being right isn’t enough, says Peter Preston. Here, in 20 graceful, witty, prophetic essays, is everything that’s good about American journalism ( and a rich slice of American society, too). The editor of Harper’s magazine writes like a dream, researches like a punctilious professor of classical history and finds his lonely judgments vindicated time and again. The difficulty – and it is a difficulty – is that that good side comes with a greyer side that readers outside America can’t ignore, a built-in impotence verging on tragic irrelevance. But let’s hit the high spots first.