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By Jessica Mitford

Jessica Mitford used to be a member of 1 of England’s so much mythical households (among her sisters have been the novelist Nancy Mitford and the present Duchess of Devonshire) and one of many nice muckraking newshounds of contemporary occasions. Leaving England for the USA, she pursued a profession as an investigative reporter and unrepentant gadfly, publicizing not just the misdeeds of, such a lot famously, the funeral company (The American manner of Death, a bestseller) and the legal company (Kind and traditional Punishment), but additionally of writing faculties and weightloss courses. Mitford’s diligence, unfailing skepticism, and acid pen made her one of many nice chroniclers of the mischief humans wake up to within the pursuit of revenue and the identify of good. Poison Penmanship collects seventeen of Mitford’s best pieces—about every thing from crummy spas to network-TV censorship—and fills them out with the tale of the way she bought the news and, no much less interesting, how the tale constructed after ebook. The publication is a pride to learn: few reporters have ever been as humorous as Mitford, or as proficient at getting round in these darkish, cobwebbed corners the place smooth the USA models its glossy can provide. It’s additionally an unequaled and helpful handbook of the high-quality artwork of investigative reporting.

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