Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist

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2013 Nieman Reports Top 10 Investigative Journalism Book

Seymour Hersh has been the most important, famous, and controversial journalist in the United States for the last forty years. From his exposé of the My Lai massacre in 1969 to his revelations about torture at Abu Ghraib prison in 2004, Hersh has consistently captured the public imagination, spurred policymakers to reform, and drawn the ire of presidents.

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Overview

2013 Nieman Reports Top 10 Investigative Journalism Book

Seymour Hersh has been the most important, famous, and controversial journalist in the United States for the last forty years. From his exposé of the My Lai massacre in 1969 to his revelations about torture at Abu Ghraib prison in 2004, Hersh has consistently captured the public imagination, spurred policymakers to reform, and drawn the ire of presidents.

From the streets of Chicago to the newsrooms of the most powerful newspapers and magazines in the United States, Seymour Hersh tells the story of this Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author. Robert Miraldi scrutinizes the scandals and national figures that have drawn Hersh’s attention, from My Lai to Watergate, from John F. Kennedy to Henry Kissinger.

This first-ever biography captures a stunningly successful career of important exposés and outstanding accomplishments from a man whose unpredictable and quirky personality has turned him into an icon of American life and the unrivaled “scoop artist” of American journalism.

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“This book is important. . . . A graphic, fact-filled biography of Sy Hersh, probably America’s most unstoppable investigative journalist. You may remember him as the man who discovered the My Lai massacre but Hersh has [also] spent a half-century bulldozing our government and others when they try to deceive the public and stain democracy. Robert Miraldi has dug out details you’ve never heard before. The clam of investigative reporters has been shrinking in the digital age. That’s another reason this biography is important. This Hersh book is impressive.”—Sydney Schanberg, Pulitzer Prize–winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times

“At last! Someone’s cast a magnifying glass on the Sherlock Holmes of investigative reporters! Robert Miraldi’s close-up examination of Seymour Hersh revels in the triumphs, controversies, and passions that have accompanied that reporter and unhinged Washington for fifty years. But more: Miraldi sheds light on what motivates a powerful bull-in-a-china-shop investigator and on how Hersh goes about finding all that exquisite porcelain to smash.”—John Darnton, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and best-selling novelist

"An important, long-overdue biography."Kirkus

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★ 2013-11-15
A deep biographical treatment of the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who is the scourge of those in power. Seymour Hersh, now in his late 70s, began his unlikely journalism career in 1959 after earning a history degree from the University of Chicago and dropping out of law school. With limited cooperation from his subject, journalist and former journalism professor Miraldi (The Pen Is Mightier: The Muckraking Life of Charles Edward Russell, 2003, etc.) documents his remarkable, controversial decades as an investigative reporter. Hersh comes across as a good guy of limited patience when approached by fellow journalists and as a bulldog with sharp teeth when in his reporter mode. Miraldi clearly demonstrates how the journalistically capable but mostly unknown Hersh rocketed to fame in 1969 with his exploration of the My Lai massacre. Despite the enormity of that atrocity and countless similar atrocities by American troops, no other journalist was digging into the topic, and Hersh had difficulty finding a news outlet to publish his findings. Eventually, his output of books, investigations for the New York Times, projects for the New Yorker and speeches to a wide variety of audiences made Hersh famous, albeit alternately loved or hated. Miraldi explains why there is rarely a middle ground of opinion regarding Hersh the person and Hersh the muckraker. Although Hersh is extremely closed about his family life, Miraldi manages to reveal pertinent information, allowing his subject to emerge from the pages as fully human rather than a one-dimensional scandal hound. In the competition between Hersh and Bob Woodward--a competition that includes strong feelings from the supporters and detractors of each--Hersh can be considered to be superior based on Miraldi's portrait, despite the warts the biographer delineates. Miraldi closes the Hersh saga in 2004, after Hersh's exposé of Abu Ghraib, yet another blot on America's reputation in the world. An important, long-overdue biography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612344751
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 219,614
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Miraldi is an award-winning author, journalist, and columnist who has taught at the State University of New York for 30 years. In 2003 his biography, The Pen Is Mightier: The Muckraking Life of Charles Edward Russell, was named the best book in the country in journalism and mass communication. He is the author of two books and editor of three others. In 1992 he was a Fulbright Scholar, lecturing in the Netherlands. His writing on the First Amendment has won national awards. A PhD. in American Studies, Miraldi teaches classes on media law, press history, and news reporting. He lives in Stone Ridge, NY.
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