Reporter : a memoir / Seymour M. Hersh.

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      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A memoir of renowned investigative journalist Seymour Hersh's life as a reporter"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Summary: "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."--Jacket.
    • Content Notes:
      Getting started -- City news -- Interludes -- Chicago and the AP -- Washington, at last -- Bugs and a book -- A presidential campaign -- Going after the biologicals -- Finding Calley -- A national disgrace -- To The New Yorker -- Finally there -- Watergate, and much more -- Me and Henry -- The big one -- Off to New York -- Kissinger, again, and beyond -- A New Yorker reprise -- America's war on terror.
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      Includes index.
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
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      HERSH, S. M. Reporter : a memoir. First edition. [s. l.]: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. ISBN 9780307263957. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 fev. 2020.
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      Hersh, S. M. (2018). Reporter : a memoir (First edition.). Alfred A. Knopf.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 April #2

*Starred Review* Perhaps he had a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Perhaps it was his reporter's well-honed instinct for a great story. Whatever the reason, Hersh became a pioneer in the field of investigative journalism, garnering a reputation for uncompromising adherence to truth and tireless quest for accountability in the often duplicitous realms of national security and politics. Hersh's persistent reporting peeled back the veneers masking some of the most controversial issues of our time, from the Vietnam War massacre at My Lai to the Iraq War military atrocities at Abu Ghraib. In this candid and revelatory memoir, Hersh chronicles his evolution as a reporter in both style and substance, focusing on his dogged pursuit of leads, nuanced cultivation of reliable resources, and often fraught relationship with editors, colleagues, and critics. Compared to the contemporary field of blogs, bots, and opinion-driven reportage, the last half of the twentieth-century can look like the heyday of honest and critical journalism. But Hersh remains at the vanguard of tenacious and purposeful writers who speak truth to power, and surely he's inspiring the best at work now. Journalism junkies will devour this insider's account of a distinguished career. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 January #1

Since winning the Pulitzer Prize for revealing the massacre in My Lai, Vietnam, Hersh has circled the globe to tackle the tough stories, winning five George Polk Awards, two National Magazine Awards, and more. Now here are the stories behind the stories, to show how reporting works.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2018 May #2

Recounting the story behind the story, running on conviction and sheer stubbornness, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hersh's investigation of the 1968 My Lai massacre of Vietnamese civilians by U.S. troops in South Vietnam and the case against army officer William Calley Jr. often reads like a case study in how to write a political thriller. Between racing through military training camps, hand-copying files, and fighting skeptics, Hersh's account reveals the level of persistence that drives award-winning journalism. Going beyond the business of news, Hersh offers an insider look at Washington politics, recounting the people (Kissinger, Nixon) and events (Vietnam, Watergate) that put his stories on the front page, ending with a review of the War on Terror and reporting post-9/11. As Hersh notes, he is a "survivor from the golden age of journalism." VERDICT A fascinating look at an era when quality reporting was the result of will and determination (and knowing the right contacts). An excellent choice for readers interested in late 20th-century politics.—Gricel Dominguez, Florida International Univ. Lib., Miami

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 April #1

The legendary investigative journalist forthe New York Times and the New Yorker recalls his struggles to uncover government secrets—and get them printed—in this powerful memoir. Hersh recounts his career unearthing epochal stories, from the 1968 massacre of Vietnamese civilians by American troops at My Lai and Watergate revelations to abuses at the Abu Ghraib military prison during the Iraq War. There's gripping journalistic intrigue aplenty as he susses out sources and documents, fences with officials, and fields death threats. His pursuit of My Lai perpetrator William Calley, which saw him barking bogus orders at soldiers and crawling through a Fort Benning barracks, feels like a Hollywood thriller. Almost as arduous are his efforts to get nervous editors to run incendiary articles while he navigated byzantine newsroom politics, especially his testy relationship with Times chief Abe Rosenthal, who emerges as a hybrid of courage and timidity. Along the way, Hersh paints pungent sketches of everyone from Henry Kissinger ("the man lied the way most people breathed") to the "ass-kissing coterie of moronic editors" at the Times who watered down a piece on corporate skulduggery. Hersh himself is brash and direct, but never cynical, and his memoir is as riveting as the great journalistic exposés he produced. Photos. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM.(June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.