A collection of the year's best essays culled from periodicals.
ROBERT ATWAN has been the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986. He has edited numerous literary anthologies and written essays and reviews for periodicals nationwide.
DAVID BROOKS is a New York Times op-ed columnist and the author most recently of The Social Animal. He is also a commentator on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and a frequent analyst on NPR's All Things Considered.
Robert Atwan has been the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986.