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News Junkie Paperback – November 11, 2014
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Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
"Investigative superstar Jason Leopold spares no one, least of all himself, in this devastatingly accurate first-hand exposé. News Junkie provides the best account so far of how, and why, current American journalism has become so pharisaical, spineless, and detached from the truth."
T. D. Allman, journalist and author of Rogue State, Unmanifest Destiny, and Finding Florida
"Having told the truth for years as a first-rate reporter, Jason Leopold now comes completely clean about himself and also sheds light on his imperiled profession. A riveting account of just how hard the truth can be."
Mark Crispin Miller, author of Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order
"Frighteningly honest. What Anthony Bourdain did to the world of cooking in Kitchen Confidential, Leopold will do to the world of journalism. It's Sid & Nancy meets All the President's Men."
Rob Cohen, coauthor of Etiquette for Outlaws
"This memoir is one of the most brutally honest books I've ever read. You will grow to believe, and cheer on, this flawed hero as he gains a liberating knowledge of himself."
Joe Loya, author of The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber
Top Customer Reviews
This is a story of a guy whose misdirected intelligence and passion totally screw him up for a number of years. Finally, he starts to get on a path where he's doing some good, but he's still stuck with some very nasty habits that get him in trouble and keep him sabotaging himself, in spite of becoming a serial award winning reporter.
As a writer I found Jason's book very inspiring. Not the nasty stuff-- but Jason describes the creative and energetic ways he went after stories. I've written for national magazines, with my own share of cover stories, and I've done some investigative leg and phone work. But Jason's descriptions of his efforts have already inspired me to go the extra distance to dig further into articles. The first article I applied this to rose to the top five articles of the month on my website, where we've published at least 400 articles so far this month.
Jason writes about how he was tough on his reporters, as an editor. insisting that they go out on the street, covering their beat, not waiting for news to come to them. That's inspired me to take a similar approach in my own writing.
If you're a reporter, this book is different than any I've seen. It's wild and wooly and while a bit apologetic, brutally honest.
Recently, post the writing of this book, Jason reported that Karl Rove was about to be indicted by Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor investigating the Plame CIA case. It didn't happen. Rove was never indicted. Now you could just write Jason off as an incompetent.Read more ›
This book is a page-turner in the most accomplished sense. There are no cheap tricks or manufactured plot twists here; the suspense is generated by Leopold's empathy and honesty, his ability to bring readers straight into the heart of his story. This is a magnificent book.
Jason Leopold is the quintessential "junkie." Whether it is cocaine or breaking a story he has to have his fix. In his book he discusses in detail the darkest moments of his life and career. From petty theft as a child to grand-theft as an adult. From battling his cocaine addiction to being blacklisted by the journalist community. Jason provides us with a looking glass into the world he has created for himself.
I highly recommend this book for everyone. Addicts, Journalists, and college kids alike. I promise two things with this purchase. You will learn from his experiences and you won't be able to put it down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jumping from job to job, mistake to mistake, some of which he views as successes, the author changes when he must but rarely achieves much understanding or humility about what he... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Honorable Mensch
News Junkie is the engaging memoir and personally revealing story of Jason Leopold and his willingness to risk an unhealthy and destructive life in exchange as an investigative... Read morePublished on June 11, 2006 by Midwest Book Review
I usually don't like this type of book, but after thumbing through the first few pages, I decided to get it. Read morePublished on May 25, 2006 by J. Tate
I have never reviewed a book before but felt so strongly about NEWS JUNKIE that I am compelled to share my experience with other potential readers.
I loved this book. Read more