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Seymour Hersh

That iterative and pointillist style of telling a story does fall into a genre: noir. To put it in a callow way, this stuff is cool.

It was not an isolated occasion. And the Nixon anecdote reveals that what is left out of Reporter , namely women and a political consciousness that includes women, speaks a little loudly for comfort. Hersh is not a political theorist, nor a literary memoirist, nor a paragon of journalistic behavior.

Reporter by Seymour M. Hersh: | Books

The past is a foreign country, and, for better or worse, they did journalism differently there. Hersh has also been dogged by criticism, some of it legitimate.

Seymour Hersh on his career, Syria, Osama bin Laden and more, with Adam Shatz

He has bullied sources, lashed out at colleagues, succumbed to hoaxes, and destroyed the reputation of at least one blameless person: Edward M. Korry, the US ambassador to Chile between and After Hersh published his story, the ambassador loudly proclaimed his innocence.

Seymour Hersh on spies, state secrets, and the stories he doesn’t tell

Now eighty-two, Hersh has told his own story. At its best, Reporter is a lively self-portrait of a maverick and troublemaker.

The Detail in Seymour Hersh’s Bin Laden Story That Rings True

But it is scrubbed and sanitized. He appears in a half-light; the book does not illuminate the darkest corners of his long career.

For a full view of Hersh and an authoritative sense of his career, which embodies the expansive possibilities….