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Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person from Harper's Magazine Hardcover – September 9, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595583939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595583932
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,095,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A dazzling intellectual immersion....Consistently challenging, even cause sometimes subtle, sometimes seismic shifts Award citation for General Excellence, 2006

Over the past several years, has fostered an exciting brand of journalism, participatory, sometimes even correspondents have infiltrated the Republican machine, from its lowliest canvassing operation to its corporate and evangelical elite, and they have posed as shady clients for sleazy blue-chip lobbying firms. They have shot machine guns, lounged in Vegas brothels, and peered into secret tunnels in Mexicali. They have terrorized art museums and touched off worldwide fads.

Submersion Journalism collects the best of this reportage—by celebrated authors (William T. Vollmann, Barbara Ehrenreich) and fresh new voices (Wells Tower, Jake Silverstein) alike—in a book that serves not just as a collection of striking stories but also as a proclamation in favor of truth-telling instead of managed "news" and PR spin. The book is a defense of the radically first-person dispatch, filed from exactly those points of view where a reporter is not supposed to be.

With articles by Charles Bowden, Adam Davidson, Barbara Ehrenreich, Steve Featherstone, Kristoffer A. Garin, Gary Greenberg, Jay Kirk, Willem Marx, Morgan Meis, Jeff Sharlet, Jake Silverstein, Ken Silverstein, Wells Tower, William T. Vollmann, Bill Wasik

[...] I was particularly intrigued by Submersion Journalism which includes work by Wells Tower, an excellent but not terribly well-known journalist who contributes to The Believer, Washington Post Magazine and others.

The New Press recently published Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person. It is a great anthology, chock full of fantastic articles originally published in Harper’s magazine. 

Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person From Harper’s Magazine came out that day and includes a piece by Monthly staffer [J]ake Silverstein […]

A smart, psychic publicist at The New Press sent me a review copy of Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person from as she thought I might want to blog about it. She was right; investigative reporters are my heroes. I Curiosities



Daily Book Pick, October 24, 2008.

About the Author

Bill Wasik is a senior editor at Harper's Magazine and the author of My Crowd: Experiments in Viral Culture. He lives in New York.

Roger D. Hodge is the editor of Harper's Magazine. He lives in New York.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lindgren on September 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Brilliant collection from a brilliant periodical. Some of the articles expose such venality that you may become mad enough to spit. Especially scintillating is Ken Silverstein's expose on the lobbyists who were eager to help his (imaginary) firm cover up human rights abuses in Central Asia for the opportunity to exploit natural resources... for a price, of course. It just doesn't stop in this country, does it. Kudos to Harper's and to the New Press.
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By Angela on December 3, 2013
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I read this book for an English class and had to write my views and how they compared to those of the writers. You can learn a lot about yourself and about the journalistic view by reading this book.
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Only gripe: with the exception of Barbara Ehrenreich's ground-breaking reporting on minimum-wage workers (which later became the classic "Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America"), there are no women journalists included here. What, do women not do submersion journalism? If not, we need to get cracking!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pollywolly on March 5, 2013
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had to order 2 of these books as the first book ordered at 24 cents was a book with the correct cover but the materials inside was for another book, don't know if this wasn't checked by the shipper or if he intentionally did this. In class everyone was discussing 1st section and I couldn't understand what they were talking about, checked their book with mine and found the problem and had to purchase a second book.
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