Bold statement here but one I feel good about. CJ Chivers' "The School" is the best magazine article I've ever read. Some people will tell you it was "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" by Talese or John Sack's "M". But for my money, it's Chivers' piece on that Russian school that was overrun a few years back by Chechen terrorists. The guy is a master. A former Marine who dropped out of college to sign up for the Corps after the Marine barracks in Beirut were blown up by terrorists in 1983, Chivers has gone on to become a superstar of journalism. Rightfully so.
Here he gives an interview to Esquire in their great "What I've Learned" series of profiles.