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  • Published: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407085708
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 672

Tell Me No Lies

Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs




An incisive anthology of investigative journalism, edited and introduced by the bestselling reporter and film-maker John Pilger.

Over the last few decades, 'investigative journalism' has come to mean a kind of reporting that reveals the truth behind the facade and exposes the underlying agendas of those in power. For the last 30 years nobody has been better known for revealing those 'hidden agendas' than John Pilger. In this anthology - the first of its kind to be published in the UK - he has selected 35 articles and extracts from books that have broken the official silence and exposed injustice and misuse of power, ranging from 1945 to the present. Here are the famous 'muckrakers' (Seymour Hersh on My Lai, Woodward and Bernstein on Watergate), as well as the little known (Will Burchett as the first Westerner to enter Hiroshima in August 1945, the Israeli journalist Amira Hass living and reporting from the Gaza Strip in the 1990s); here are the analysts of power (Noam Chomsky and Edward W. Said on the workings of the media) as well as the mavericks (I. F. Stone on McCarthy, Jessica Mitford on the 'American way of death'). With topics ranging from Vietnam and Cambodia to East Timor and Palestine, many of the pieces 'revisit' the locations of John Pilger's own reporting of the last 30 years. Each of the pieces is introduced by John Pilger, who has also written a long and comprehensive introduction. Ranging from the liberation of Dachau in 1945 to the Florida elections scandal of 2000, taken together they form a 'secret history' of the last fifty years, told through the stories that revealed the truth behind the period's most important political events.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407085708
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 672

About the Author

John Pilger

John Pilger grew up in Sydney, Australia. He has been a war correspondent, author and film-maker. He has twice won British journalism's highest award, that of Journalist of the Year, for his work all over the world, notably in Cambodia and Vietnam. He has been International Reporter of the Year and winner of the United Nations Associated Peace Prize and Gold Medal. For his broadcasting, he has won France's Reporter Sans Frontières, an American television Academy Award, an Emmy, and the Richard Dimbleby Award, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In 2003, he received the Sophie Prize for 'thirty years of exposing deception and improving human rights'.

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Praise for Tell Me No Lies

“'A first-rate selection of investigative articles from some of the world's best reporters'”

Guardian

“'One of the most powerful and upsetting books I have read all year' ”

Ecologist

“'A superb anthology'”

Glasgow Herald

“Genuine objective journalism not only gets the facts right, it gets the meaning of events right. It is compelling not only today, but stands the test of time. It is validated not only by 'reliable sources' but by the unfolding of history. It is journalism that ten, twenty, fifty years after the fact still holds up a true and intelligent mirror to events”

T.D. Allman


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