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Reporter by Seymour M. Hersh
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Jun 05, 2018 | 368 Pages
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*A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018*

“What a story. What a life. It’s hard to read this book without a tinge of envy and a lot of admiration.” —Charles Glass, Times Literary Supplement

“A master class in the craft of reporting.” —Alan Rusbridger, The New York Times Book Review

Reporter is a miracle. . . The stories brim with humor, wit, poignancy, pointillist portraits of brilliant color—above all, [Hersh’s] own voice.” —Andrew Meier, Bookforum 

“One of the most compelling and significant books ever written about American journalism.” —Jon Schwarz, The Intercept

“[Hersh] is a classic American archetype—the lone warrior on a quest for truth and justice . . . good books about the making of journalism are few and far between, and Hersh’s memoir is a welcome addition.” —Glenn Frankel, The Washington Post

“Cinematically-detailed and warmly human storytelling that’s at once reminiscent of vintage Hersh and also tonally unlike anything else he’s ever written . . . Ultimately the book yields up a warts-and-all picture not just of Hersh but of an entire era of journalism.” —Steve Donoghue, Christian Science Monitor

“Riveting.” —James Bovard, American Conservative

“When it comes time for the next generation of journalists to re-discover what this job is supposed to be about, they can at least read Reporter. It’s all in here.” —Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

“Hersh has been one of America’s premier investigative journalist . . . an untethered operator whose scoops have resulted from veering from the pack. Reporter offers a best-practices guide to journalism as well as an implicit critique of the way it’s practiced today.” —Michael Massing, The Nation
 
“The experience of reading Hersh’s memoir is like visiting a lost world . . . To put it in a callow way, this stuff is cool.” —Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic
 

 
“In Reporter, even the footnotes are priceless . . . [the book] has more juicy background, action-packed storytelling and name-drops per page than any book in recent memory, all told in straightforward style. At its center is a profane, dogged, passionate, tireless, old-fashioned reporter who brought to light schisms, coverups and outrages that informed the world.” —Claude Peck, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Reading Reporter is to be reminded of the true power of journalism.” —Lorraine Berry, Signature
  
Reporter is just wonderful. Truly a great life, and what shines out of the book, amid the low cunning and tireless legwork, is Hersh’s warmth and humanity. This book is essential reading for every journalist and aspiring journalist the world over.” —John le Carré
 
“Once he catches the spoor of a My Lai, Hersh’s tracking is a model of craft and control. He bargains with sources, gains knowledge by pretending to have it, or not have it, already; sneaks around; tricks, cajoles, plays his subjects; and engages in a one-man guerrilla war against an embarrassed U.S. government. He is calculating, cold-blooded, well-behaved, and professional.” —Graeme Wood, The American Scholar

“Often reads like a case study in how to write a political thriller . . . 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.” Library Journal

Reporter is a captivating memoir that could inspire a new generation of journalists.” —Robert Weibezahl, BookPage

“There’s gripping journalistic intrigue aplenty as [Hersh] susses out sources and documents, fences with officials, and fields death threats. . . . Hersh himself is brash and direct, but never cynical, and his memoir is as riveting as the great journalistic exposés he produced.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Candid and revelatory . . . 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 even now, 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.” Booklist (starred review)

“Outstanding . . . Rarely has a journalist’s memoir come together so well, with admirable measures of self-deprecation, transparent pride, readable prose style, and honesty.” Kirkus (starred review)

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