One of America's Premier Investigative Journalists
- The Guardian
His work is a bracing reminder of the power of the press to challenge corruption and to hold accountable those who knowingly abuse power. New Yorker editor David Remnick calls him, "quite simply, the greatest investigative journalist of his era." From the covert bombing of Cambodia, to Henry Kissinger's authorization of the wiretapping of White House aides and newsmen, to the Bush administration's use of "selective intelligence" to justify the war in Iraq—Hersh has often been first to break the most crucial stories of the modern era. His most recent report, "The Killing of Osama bin Laden" in the London Review of Books, contests the official narrative surrounding Osama bin Laden's death.
The News With Seymour Hersh
Drawing upon his lifetime of intimate experience reporting the ins and outs of American foreign policy, cover-ups, and international developments, Sy Hersh provides a stirring and frank analysis of the contemporary political milieu. Having covered everything from Vietnam to Iraq to Iran to the whole of the Middle East, he draws you into a complex world where our official foreign policy stance meets the reality of political power in other parts of the world.
Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers -- and outraged the Bush Administration -- with his stories in The New Yorker, including his breakthrough pieces on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Now, in Chain of Command, he brings together this 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?
Hersh established himself at the forefront of investigative journalism thirty-five years ago when he broke the news of the massacre at My Lai, Vietnam, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. Ever since, he's challenged America's power elite by publishing the stories that others can't, or won't, tell. In exposés on subjects ranging from Saudi corruption to nuclear black marketeers and -- months ahead of other journalists -- the White House's false claims about weapons of mass destruction, Hersh has cemented his reputation as the indispensable reporter of our time.
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. He reveals the connections between early missteps in the hunt for Al Qaeda and disasters on the ground in Iraq. The book includes a new account of Hersh's pursuit of the Abu Ghraib story and of where, he believes, responsibility for the scandal ultimately lies. Hersh draws on sources at the highest levels of the American government and intelligence community, in foreign capitals, and on the battlefield for an unparalleled view of a crucial chapter in America's recent history.
With an introduction by The New Yorker's editor, David Remnick, Chain of Command is a devastating portrait of an Administration blinded by ideology and of a President whose decisions have made the world a more dangerous place for America.
The Dark Side of Camelot
With its meticulously documented and compulsively readable portrait of JFK as a man whose reckless personal behavior imperiled his presidency, this monumental work of investigative journalism reveals the Kennedy White House as never before. The book argues that President Kennedy's private life and personal obsessions -- his character -- affected the affairs of the U.S. and its foreign policy far more than has ever been known.