Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist

Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist

by Robert Miraldi
Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist

Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist

by Robert Miraldi


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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 stunning 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612344751
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

ROBERT MIRALDI is an award-winning author, journalist, and columnist who has taught at the State University of New York for thirty 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, he teaches classes on media law, press history, and news reporting.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Prologue Chasing Sy Hersh xi

Acknowledgments xvii

1 The Story No One Wanted 1

2 The Scoop Heard 'Round the World 14

3 Hersh Becomes a Target 28

4 "Front Page" Lessons in Chicago 45

5 Selling, Publishing, Failing 55

6 From the "Front Page" to the Pentagon 61

7 At War with the Pentagon 67

8 Fighting His Editors 76

9 Finding America's Hidden Arsenal 88

10 Speaking for Gene McCarthy 98

11 Stunning Triumph over Germs 116

12 Scoop Artist Meets the Viet Cong 125

13 The Times Calls 132

14 Digging into Watergate 144

15 Cambodia, Bombs, and Impeachment 257

16 Hunting the Coup Plotters 269

17 Skeletons Tumble from the CIA Closet 185

18 The Submarine Caper 197

19 Going after "The Godfather" 211

20 The Big Apple Turns Sour 224

21 Scoop Artist versus Dr. Kissinger 234

22 The Summer's Literary Furor 247

23 Who Shot Down the Korean Airliner? 258

24 Reporting the Worst-Kept Secret in the World 271

25 Sex, Lies, and Fraud 284

26 Going after Sy Hersh 298

27 The New Yorker Years 306

28 An Alternative View of the Mideast 317

29 Back on Top 328

Epilogue: A Muckraker's Unfinished Business 339

Selected Works of Seymour Hersh 345

Seymour Hersh Timeline 351

Notes 353

Index 403

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