Veteran journalist Pete Hamill has never covered just politics. Or just sports. Or just the entertainment business, the mob, foreign affairs, social issues, the art world, or New York City. He has in fact written about all these subjects, and many more, in his years as a contributor to such national magazines as Esquire, Vanity Fair, and New York, and as a columnist at the New York Post, The New York Daily News and the Village Voice, and other newspapers. Seasoned by more than thirty years as a New York newspaperman, Hamill writes on an extraordinary wide variety of topics ih powerful language that is personal, tough-minded, clear-headed, and always provocative.
Piecework is a rich and varied collection of Hamill's best writing on subjects such as what television and crack have in common, why winning isn't everything, stickball, Nicaragua, Donald Trump, why American immigration policy toward Mexico is all wrong, Brooklyn's Seventh Avenue, and Frank Sinatra, not to mention Octavio Paz, what its like to realize you're middle aged, Northern Ireland, New York City than and now, hoiw Mike Tyson spent his time in prison, and much more.
"Pete Hamill always brings to his work much energy, insight, passion, and compassion, and this latest collection should draw many new young readers to his talent while gratifying longtime admirers like myself who have been admiring him for more than thirty years." - Gay Talese