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Ga r y W e bb : I n v e s t i g at i v e J o u r n al i s t In 1996, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Gary Webb wrote a shocking series of articles for the San Jose Mercury News exposing the CIA’s link to Nicaraguan cocaine smuggled into the US by the Contras, which had fueled the widespread crack epidemic that swept through urban areas. Webb’s bold, controversial reporting was the target of a famously vicious media backlash that ended his career as a mainstream journalist. When Webb persisted with his research and compiled his findings in the book Dark Alliance, some of the same publications that had vilified Webb for his series retracted their criticism and praised him for having the courage to tell the truth about one of the worst official abuses in our nation’s history. Others, including his own former newspaper and the New York Times, continued to treat him like an outlaw for the brilliant and courageous work he’d done. Two subsequent government investigations completely vindicated Webb and confirmed the truth of the story as he reported it. Webb’s death on December 10, 2004, at the age of 49, was determined to be a suicide.
Dar k A llia n ce m o v ie tie - i n e d iti o n The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion Foreword by US Congresswoman Maxine Waters In this seminal work of investigative journalism, Webb meticulously connects the unauthorized and illegal foreign policy foray into Central America to the crack cocaine explosion that began in South Central LA. This updated second edition features confirmation of Webb’s findings in reports from the Department of Justice, internal CIA investigations, and a cache of declassified secret FBI, DEA, and INS files. The 2014 major motion picture Kill the Messenger is based in part on Dark Alliance. “Gary Webb wrote a series of articles that said some bad things about the CIA and drug traffickers. The CIA denied the charges, and every major newspaper in the country took the agency’s word for it. Gary Webb was ruined. Which is a shame, because he was right.” —Charles Bowden, Esquire PAPER 978-1-60980-621-7 $24.95 608 PAGES
T he Killi n g G ame The Writings of an Intrepid Investigative Reporter Edited with an Introduction by Eric Webb The best of Webb’s investigative stories, including his series at the Kentucky Post on organized crime in the coal industry, at the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Ohio State’s negligent medical board, and on the US military’s funding of first-person shooter video games. PAPER 978-1-58322-932-3 $16.95 256 pages
Published on Oct 21, 2014
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