Seymour Hersh

The best investigative journalism questions policy, confronts corruption, and stirs the pot.

One of America’s Premier Investigative Journalists

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Seymour Hersh | One of America’s Premier Investigative Journalists
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has helped expose some of the biggest cover-ups of our time, from My Lai to Abu Ghraib. In his timely lectures, he deftly analyzes current U.S. foreign policy and issues of military intelligence, national security, and the press. His new book The Killing of Osama bin Laden has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the world media. 

“The most feared investigative reporter in Washington.”

The Guardian

Hersh’s 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.


“One of America’s greatest investigative reporters.”

New York Times Magazine

In addition to his Pulitzer Prize, Hersh has won the National Book Critics Awards and five George Polk Awards. His bestselling books include The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House, The Dark Side of Camelot, and, recently, Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib.   

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U.S. Politics
Killing bin Laden An Investigation of White House Lies about the Assassination of Osama bin Laden
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.

At the same time, the full story of the United States’ involvement in the Syrian civil war has been kept behind a diplomatic curtain, concealed by doublespeak. It is a policy of obfuscation that has compelled the White House to turn a blind eye to Turkey’s involvement in supporting ISIS and its predecessors in Syria.

Hersh’s investigation, which began as a series of essays in the London Review of Books, has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the world media. Now, in this riveting keynote, Hersh asks what will be the legacy of Obama’s time in office. Was it an era of “change we can believe in” or a season of lies and compromises that continued George W. Bush’s misconceived War on Terror? How did he lose the confidence of the general in charge of America’s forces who acted in direct contradiction to the White House? What else do we not know? 
U.S. Politics
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.