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Seymour M Hersh

Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois
Connection to Illinois: Hersh was born in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a history degree.

Biography: Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist, investigative reporter and political writer. He has been a contributor to The New Yorker magazine since 1993 and has also written for the London Review of Books since 2013. In 1959, Hersh began his career in journalism as a copyboy, then police reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago. He first gained recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. In all, Hersh has won a Pulitzer Prize, five George Polk Awards - the award's most honored laureate, two National Magazine Awards, and more than a dozen other prizes for investigative reporting.

  • The Price of Power 1983: National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography and Investigative Reporters & Editors Award 1984: Hillman Prize for Book Reporting

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Against all Enemies
ISBN: 0345427483 OCLC: 39108530

Ballantine Publishing New York : 1998

The war between America's ailing veterans and their government.

Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
ISBN: 0060195916 OCLC: 56496381

Harper 2004

"Seymour M. Hersh brings together reporting, along with new revelations, to answer the critical question of the last three years: how did America get from the clear morning when hijackers crashed airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq?" "In Chain of Command, Hersh takes an unflinching look behind the public story of President Bush's "war on terror" and into the lies and obsessions that led America into Iraq"--Jacket.

Chemical and Biological Warfare: America's Hidden Arsenal
ISBN: 0261631500 OCLC: 20134913

Bobbs-Merrill London : 1968

ISBN: 0394718860 OCLC: 415419

Vintage Books New York, 1972

The Pulitzer Prize winner who first disclosed the massacre at My Lai 4 uncovers the full story of how those involved - from private to general - kept it secret. What he reveals is shocking - from the amorphous but very real "West Point Protective Association" to the fact that an extensive but closed investigation by the Army itself covered up another massacre by the same unit on the same morning.

My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath
ISBN: 0815412797 OCLC:

Vintage 1970

The story of the Vietnam war atrocity as told by Pulitzer winning journalist Seymour M. Hersh who traveled more than 50,000 miles around the United States and interviewed nearly fifty members of Charlie Company to write this book.

Reporter: A Memoir
ISBN: 0307263959 OCLC: 1010776541

Knopf 2018

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author and preeminent investigative journalist of our time—a heartfelt, hugely revealing memoir of a decades-long career breaking some of the most impactful stories of the last half-century, from Washington to Vietnam to the Middle East. 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 in this memoir 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. In telling these stories, Hersh divulges previously unreported information about some of his biggest scoops, including the My Lai massacre and the horrors at Abu Ghraib. There are also illuminating recollections of some of the giants of American politics and journalism: Ben Bradlee, A. M. Rosenthal, David Remnick, and Henry Kissinger among them. This is essential reading on the power of the printed word at a time when good journalism is under fire as never before.

The Dark Side of Camelot
ISBN: 0316359556 OCLC: 37919203

Little, Brown 1997

"In this groundbreaking book, award-winning investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh shows us a John F. Kennedy we have never seen before, a man insulated from the normal consequences of behavior long before he entered the White House. His father, Joe, set the pattern with an arrogance and cunning that have never been fully appreciated: Kennedys could do exactly what they wanted, and could evade any charge brought against them. Kennedys wrote their own moral code." "And Kennedys trusted only Kennedys. Jack appointed his brother Bobby keeper of the secrets - the family debt to organized crime, the real state of Jack's health, the sources of his election victories, the plots to murder foreign leaders, and the president's intentions in Vietnam." "The brothers prided themselves on another trait inherited from their father - a voracious appetite for women - and indulged it with a daily abandon deeply disturbing to the Secret Service agents who witnessed it. These men speak for the first time about their amazement at what they saw and the powerlessness they felt to protect the leader of their country."--Jacket.

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
ISBN: 1784784362 OCLC: 936205617

Verso 2016

"In 2011, an elite group of US Navy SEALS stormed an enclosure in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, the man the United States had begun chasing before the devastating attacks of 9/11. The news did much to boost President Obama's first term and played a major part in his reelection victory of the following year. But much of the story of that night, as presented to the world, was incomplete, or a lie. The evidence of what actually went on remains hidden."--Jacket flap.

The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House
ISBN: 0671506889 OCLC: 9441933

Summit Books New York : 1983

Examines Henry Kissinger's influence on the development of the foreign policy of the United States during the presidency of Richard Nixon.

The Samson Option: Israel's Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy
ISBN: 0394570065 OCLC: 24609770

Random House 1991

Exposes one of the most well-protected political-military secrets of the Cold War.

The Target is Destroyed
ISBN: 0394542614 OCLC: 12667568

Random House New York : 1986

An hour-by-hour account of Flight 007 which was shot down by a Russian interceptor killing all 269 passengers and crew on board the Korean jet.