Submersion Journalism


Fifteen sparkling works of inside-out reportage—Harper's own house brand of "Submersion Journalism"—an unapologetically aggressive approach to reporting in an age of lies.

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Fifteen sparkling works of inside-out reportage—Harper's own house brand of "Submersion Journalism"—an unapologetically aggressive approach to reporting in an age of lies.

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One of the longest-running general-interest periodicals, Harper's magazine remains an icon of American publishing, having hosted such authors as Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Norman Mailer, and Seymour Hersh, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning story on the My Lai massacre exemplifies the magazine's dedication to quality writing and informed journalism. In this collection of recent Harper's pieces (2001-07), Wasik (senior editor, Harper's) showcases writers whose first-person dispatches most powerfully convey the experiences of reporters going undercover to get to the truth. There is Wells Tower pretending he is a Republican campaign volunteer in "Bird-Dogging the Bush Vote"; and Jeff Sharlet, who uncovers a secret society of prominent Christian politicians called "The Family" in his "Jesus Plus Nothing." In-depth exposés such as these are noticeably-and unfortunately-absent in most mainstream media. This collection should be read by any student who aspires to the true art of journalism, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about what really goes on in American politics-and society-today. For academic and larger public libraries.
—Donna Marie Smith

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595583932
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/8/2008
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Wasik
Bill Wasik is a senior editor at Harper's Magazine and the author of My Crowd: Experiments in Viral Culture. He lives in New York.

Roger D. Hodge is the editor of Harper's Magazine. He lives in New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Roger D. Hodge Hodge, Roger D.

Pt. 1 Politics

Bird-Dogging the Bush Vote: Undercover with Florida's Republican Shock Troops Wells Tower Tower, Wells 3

Their Men in Washington: Undercover with D.C's Lobbyists for Hire Ken Silverstein Silverstein, Ken 30

Jesus Plus Nothing: Undercover Among America's Secret Theocrats Jeff Sharlet Sharlet, Jeff 49

Pt. 2 Violence

Teachings of Don Fernando: A Life and Death in the Narcotics Trade Charles Bowden Bowden, Charles 73

The Line Is Hot: A History of the Machine Gun, Shot Steve Featherstone Featherstone, Steve 92

Pt. 3 Illness

Welcome to Cancerland: A Mammogram Leads to a Cult of Pink Kitsch Barbara Ehrenreich Ehrenreich, Barbara 109

Manufacturing Depression: Notes on the Economy of Melancholy Gary Greenberg Greenberg, Gary 130

Pt. 4 Vice

A Foreign Affair: On the Great Ukrainian Bride Hunt Kristoffer A. Garin Garin, Kristoffer A. 153

My Undertaker, My Pimp: Looking for Grace in a Desert Brothel Jay Kirk Kirk, Jay 170

They Came Out Like Ants! Searching for the Chinese Tunnels of Mexicali William T. Vollmann Vollmann, William T. 187

Pt. 5 The Arts

What Is Poetry? And Does It Pay? Jake Silverstein Silverstein, Jake 217

Devil's Work: Secret Doings at the Queens Museum of Art Morgan Meis Meis, Morgan 241

My Crowd: Or, Phase 5: A Report from the Inventor of the Flash Mob Bill Wasik Wasik, Bill 257

Pt. 6 Confessions of War

Misinformation Intern: My Summer as a Military Propagandist in Iraq Willem Marx Marx, Willem 285

Out of Iraq: The Rise and Fall of One Man's Occupation Adam Davidson Davidson, Adam 304

Contributors 321

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