A Memoir

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"A memoir of renowned investigative journalist Seymour Hersh's life as a reporter"--
"From the Pulitzer-prize-winning, bestselling author and preeminent investigative journalist of our time--an intensely personal, revelatory memoir of a matchless career that has encompassed the most important stories of the last half century. Seymour M. Hersh's fearless reporting has earned him fame, front-page bylines in virtually every major newspaper in the free world, a staggering collection of awards, and no small amount of controversy. His story is, first and foremost, a story of fierce independence. Faced with pressure from corporate interests, the various muscular arms of government, and occasionally from outright criminals, Hersh has been relentless in his pursuit of truth and his belief in challenging the official narrative. We learn how he navigated through cover-ups, deceit, and ethical dilemmas in the morasses of war, espionage, and politics. He brings to light previously unknown details of his reporting on the atrocity at My Lai and the military's efforts to save face. He revisits the Watergate scandal; the CIA's missteps in Chile, Cuba, Panama, and elsewhere; the duplicity of Henry Kissinger and Dick Cheney; and the path that took him to the revelations about Abu Ghraib. We come to see which lines he would cross and which he would not, how he employed the tools available to him, why the use of anonymous sources is vital to a free press, and why those sources must be protected at all costs. This book is an object lesson in reporting in its highest form. Hersh takes us from his youth on the South Side of Chicago, through the halcyon days of American newspaper journalism, to his eventual stints at The New York Times, The New Yorker, and beyond. Along the way, he offers illuminating recollections about some of the giants of American journalism: Ben Bradlee, A.M. Rosenthal, David Remnick, William Shawn, and Bob Woodward among them. In a time when good journalism--if not truth itself--is under fire as never before, Reporter is essential reading on the power of the printed word."
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780307263957
Branch Call Number: B H4392H 2018
Characteristics: 355 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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VaughanPLDavidB May 15, 2019

I liked this because it reminded me of news stories I had forgotten and told me of ones I never knew existed. Most of all it reminds me of the bad deeds that many in government committed in the name of "protecting" America. Like any memoir, this book tends toward the self-serving, although Hersh tempers it somewhat with a bit of self-deprecation and praise for his colleagues and superiors.

May 04, 2019

Read book a while back .
Excellent .
The research by Hersh on Calley case is part of journalism and history.

Feb 25, 2019

fascinating read

Jan 05, 2019

Power brokers hate investigative reporter because he dig up sources from people within institutions without threats or arm twisting.
Sure he was abrasive, persistent, & make occasional misjudgement.
Sure he had complicated relationships with editors.
Sure he questioned authority.
Sure he was called all sorts of names.
Sure he get touched by source's family members on him being fair & non-judgemental.
That's the price of journalism.

Jan 02, 2019

A memoir from the man considered by many to be the greatest American investigative reporter of all time. Hersh was revered--and feared--by anyone in power with an illegal or immoral secret they didn't want made public. A self-described "lone wolf", he went into the trenches and accumulated impeccable sources to take on governments, the US military, the CIA, corporate America, etc, etc. Stories so controversial and uncomfortable that they kept editors and publishers at the NY Times and New Yorker magazine (and others) worried about lawsuits--which rarely came (and almost never won), because Hersh was always on the money, Hersh broke the My Lai massacre story in Vietnam, and 40 years later the Abu Ghraib scandal in Iraq. And he's still digging up great stories--thanks to his diligence, reputation, and sources. Great read for anyone in journalism--past and present--or anyone interested in unvarnished versions of history.

Nov 28, 2018

I have always enjoyed memoirs written by journalists, and Hersh's book is no exception. His descriptions of growing-up in Chicago and early reporting days are revealing and full of anecdotes. I particularly enjoyed his recounting of the pursuit of his famous stories (May Lai Massacre, Hanoi Bombings, etc.). In this era of news channels, blogs, fake news, and the decline of newspapers, it saddens me that we will never see his type of reporting again.

Aug 18, 2018

The gullibility of the typical American never ceases to amaze!?
Seymour Hersh has long been a major supporter of the Warren Commission Report - - which any sane and honest person who has bothered reading it considers it to be a pile of rubbish!
Hersh's chapter titled, Executive Action, from his book, the Dark Side of Camelot, is the quintessential tract on disinformation and misdirection.
The CIA spews forth disinformation, and Hersh repeats it. How can one ignore this?

Jun 25, 2018

Luckily in our library system near San Francisco we have 12 copies and 12 on the waiting list. So no perishing from old age while waiting for a copy here.

I read the book, and it's a good one. There are also some articles and videos available on the Internet from Seymour Hersh's book tour that add to what's in the book. He thinks, for example, that Donald Trump may be an underrated president.

Sadly, it seems like there are no journalists like Seymour Hersh writing today. At least I can't think of any. He's become living history.

Jun 24, 2018

These comments are from around the country. Here in Austin they only ordered us one copy. Another 10 are on the way.

Jun 05, 2018

Again, one has to wonder who is in control of the hen house over there at library central. You will spend a fortune on a pile of trash, everything from Danielle Steele to Hillary Clinton, and a great journalist, Seymour Hersh, publishes a memoir and you procure 3, count 'em, 3 copies? Sick.

I'm 48 on the holds list. Thanks for nothing. Hope I get to read this before I perish of old age.

Terry Simons
author of "Children of Vaughn"


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