From Publishers Weekly
Arriving in stores alongside Arthur Gelb's City Room, Hess's chronicle of his 24 years (1954-1978) at the New York Times doesn't have the breadth of that other volume (Gelb spent nearly double the number of years Hess did at the Times), but it does offer an enlightening portrait of the "newspaper of record." Hess worked as an editor, rewriter, foreign correspondent, feature writer, investigative reporter and food critic. His remembrances should be required reading for journalism students, as he covers such topics as the importance of presenting a balanced view, how qualified a reporter must be in order to write about a subject, protecting sources, using press credentials and more. "News is, after all, what the public does not know," he writes. This memoir, while imparting information, is at once authoritative and engaging, and deserves a place alongside books by Gelb and other Times luminaries.
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About the Author
JOHN HESS is a veteran newspaperman and the author of Vanishing France, The Case for De Gaulle, The Grand Acquisitors, and, with his wife Karen, Taste of America. After leaving the Times Hess worked in television and radio journalism, wrote a nationally syndicated column, and freelanced for The Nation and Grand Street. Today he continues his role as media watchdog with a daily spot on WBAI's Pacifica, New York public radio. He is the holder of the Ordre National de Mérite and is the winner of the Meyer Berger Award of the Columbia School of Journalism.