Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour “Sy” Hersh presided over the inauguration of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University, a non-profit, university-based organization dedicated to training the next generation of investigative reporters.
Founded by veteran Boston journalists Joe Bergantino and Maggie Mulvihill, the Center will train students at Boston University and inner-city high schools to research and produce investigative projects on local and regional issues.
Hersh’s accomplished, controversial career represents many of the Center’s ideals. Here is a selected Hersh bibliography:
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath (1970) and Cover-up: The Army’s Secret Investigation of the Massacre at My Lai 4 (1972) – During the Vietnam War in 1969, Hersh exposes the My Lai massacre and cover-up, in which U.S. soldiers tortured and killed nearly 500 South Vietnamese civilians.
The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House (1984) – Hersh documents the shallow political motives of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger and reports on Kissinger’s secret bombing of Cambodia.
The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy (1991) – Hersh highlights U.S. policies that ultimately ignore the very real presence of the Israeli nuclear arsenal.
Against All Enemies: Gulf War Syndrome, the War Between America’s Ailing Veterans and Their Government (1998) – Hersh exposes the military cover-up of soldier contamination by chemical weapons during Desert Storm.
The Dark Side of Camelot (1998) – Hersh’s meticulous investigation of Kennedy reveals a wealth of indiscretions and malfeasance, ranging from frequent liaisons with prostitutes and mistresses to the attempted assassination of Fidel Castro to involvement in organized crime.
Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib (2005) – Hersh breaks the story about abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib jail at the hands of US military personnel, and also reports that the torture tactics could be traced to orders given by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.