A Memoir

Large Print - 2018
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Seymour Hersh's fearless reporting has earned him fame, front-page bylines in virtually every major newspaper in the free world, honors galore, and no small amount of controversy. Now he describes what drove him and how he worked as an independent outsider, even at the nation's most prestigious publications. He tells the stories behind the stories -- riveting in their own right -- as he chases leads, cultivates sources, and grapples with the weight of what he uncovers, daring to challenge official narratives handed down from the powers that be. -- Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432856267
Characteristics: 651 pages (large print) ; 23 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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