Review of Reporter: A Memoir
One of the predominant criticisms of this book seems to be aimed at the uneven treatment of the various stages in Hersh’s memoir. I feel that some of this criticism is genuinely aimed at his editorial decisions, and others may well stem from reactions to the content of the work or the author himself. Hersh has lived a divisive life. His writing and reporting have evoked strong reactions, both negative and positive, for the past decades. It’s what he does and what he is known for. This memoir is an opportunity for Hersh to reflect on Hersh, and it continues to divide – like any other piece of his writing. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this read – it’s personal, well told, and an honest reflection by Hersh at this stage in life. I have a sense that life is uneven that way. Emotions and perceptions are also rarely well-shaped and representing them in a uniform, or balanced fashion would abstract from the humanity that comes through. Hersh has lived a life often in the public eye but very often a lightning rod for a strong emotional response to his investigative journalism’s nature.