Pulitzer Prize-winning, preeminent investigative journalist and bestselling author Seymour Hersh has reported the most important stories of the last half century. Hersh has been relentless in his pursuit of truth. And, his story is, first and foremost, a story of fierce independence. In his intensely personal, revelatory memoir of a matchless career, Hersh takes us from his youth on the South Side of Chicago, through the halcyon days of American newspaper journalism. Faced with pressure from corporate interests, the various muscular arms of government, and occasionally from outright criminals, Hersh navigated through cover-ups, deceit, and ethical dilemmas in the morasses of war, espionage, and politics. Here, he brings to light previously unknown details of his reporting on the atrocity at My Lai; the Watergate scandal; the CIA's missteps in Chile, Cuba, Panama, and elsewhere; the duplicity of Henry Kissinger and Dick Cheney; and Abu Ghraib. At a time when good journalism-if not truth itself-is under fire as never before, Reporter is an object lesson in reporting in its highest form and essential reading on the power of the printed word. Book jacket.