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New Second Edition Coming Soon!

Esquire and Rolling Stone writer Mike Sager has taken the stuff of tabloids and turned it into some of the most widely read and admired magazine journalism of the last four decades. In this Second Edition of his second collection, Revenge of the Donut Boys, the best selling author and award-winning reporter brings America’s most interesting and off-beat characters into tight and cinematic focus. From an intimate glimpse at comedian Roseanne Barr’s multiple personality disorder, to middle-American swingers in the orgy room, to a 92-year-old man in assisted living in Arizona, to hanging out on the road and at home with the death metal band Slayer, to the swell lives of celebrity characters like super spokesmodel Brooke Burke and billionaire mogul Mark Cuban, Sager takes us to places we can only imagine. With updated material from the writer who’s been called “the Beat poet of American journalism.” 

What critics have said about Revenge of the Donut Boys 

“Sager plays Virgil in the modern American Inferno.” Kirkus Reviews

“Like his journalistic precursors Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, Sager writes frenetic, off-kilter pop-sociological profiles of Americans in all their vulgarity and vitality. He writes with flair, but only in the service of an omnivorous curiosity. He defies expectations in pieces that lesser writers would play for satire or sensationalism… a Whitmanesque ode to teeming humanity’s mystical unity.”The New York Times Book Review

“Sager writes in convincingly novelistic detail and supple, pinpoint prose about the inner lives of a high school junior, a 92-year-old man, Slayer fans, swingers, struggling actors, Mike Ditka, and wildfire victims. The title piece is one of his best…A-.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Esquire writer-at-large Sager (Scary Monsters and Super Freaks) demonstrates a lively curiosity about other people’s lives, hopes, fears and disappointments in these 17 previously published articles. Sager’s nimble celebrity profiles include Emmy winner Roseanne Barr, who attributes her multiple-personality disorder to an abusive mother, but more affecting are the everyday struggles of “almost famous” actors Steve Bean and Lynn Clark, who stay sane in the face of numerous professional rejections. Sager’s best pieces showcase people battling nature: aging hippie and sandal-maker Lee Risler cuts off his own arm to free himself from a wrecked van and wears his stump as a badge of honor. Despite some forgetfulness and frailty, 92-year-old widower Glenn Brown Sanberg has a girlfriend with Alzheimer’s and writes a weekly newspaper column. In a whimsical yet satisfying search for other Mike Sagers the author finds instant kinship with a police captain, a politician and a preacher. These are savvy, deftly written highlights from a talented career.” Publisher’s Weekly