Watergate's Legacy and the Press: The Investigative Impulse (Medill Visions Of The American Press) First Edition (US) First Printing
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IMPULSE" you are getting much more than you may have hoped for. Marshall uses
Watergate as a prism to examine an intricately researched study of over 200 years of the
history of American investigative journalism. The story that Marshall tells is so extensively
filled with stories of triumph (and occasionally failure) in uncovering the truth that even
American history junkies are sure to learn something new. As a treasure trove of facts, this
book is valuable enough, but there is something more precious in this book than just
Marshall's extremely detailed research. Marshall's central message is that investigative
journalism ultimately comes from the natural curiosity which makes us human.
Powerful interests may try to squelch this curiosity, and at times they will temporarily
succeed in chilling the press. However, Marshall confidently and patiently argues that
investigative journalism will always bounce back and thrive because the investigative
impulse is part of our very nature. It is rare that one receives such an optimistic message
with such a good reason to believe.