Revenge of the Donut Boys

True Stories of Lust, Fame, Survival and Multiple Personality

by Mike Sager

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

This tough yet lyrical collection of seventeen true stories, by award-winning  Esquire and  Rolling Stone writer Mike Sager, brings into sharp focus the rich but confusing state of American life–- its values, virtues, obsessions, and hypocrisies.

Domestic Goddess Roseanne Barr battles Multiple Personality Disorder… Swingers attend a “fantasy weekend” in Pensacola… Twelve-year-olds joyride in stolen cars through the ruins of the Newark ghetto… Desmond the butler services the hoi polloi on Park Avenue… Newly minted billionaire Mark Cuban buys himself an NBA basketball team… From ground zero of the deadliest wildfire in California history to the cozy living room of super-spokesmodel Brooke Burke; from the recording studio with gangsta-rap pioneer Ice Cube to the tour bus with the Satanic metal band Slayer, this is deeply focused long-form narrative from the  writer who has been called “the Beat poet of American journalism– that rare reporter who can make literature out of shabby reality.

A new second edition of the bestselling collection, with updated material and a new author’s note.

“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.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Savvy, deftly written highlights from a talented career.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Mike Sager

Mike Sager is a bestselling author and award-winning reporter. He’s been called “the Beat poet of American journalism.” For more than forty years, he has worked as a writer primarily for the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, GQ, and Esquire.  Sager has written a dozen books; a number of his stories have inspired movies and documentaries, including the classic Boogie Nights. He is the editor and publisher of, a content brand.

Mike Sager