Somebody's Gotta Tell It: A Journalist's Life on the Lines

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St. Martin's Press, Aug 26, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
Jack Newfield has covered it all: he has documented he unfolding drama of the 1960s; followed the boxing careers of Ali and Tyson; taken on city hall; and kept his integrity intact in the rough world of tabloid politics. Somebody's Gotta Tell It is the clear-eyed memoir of a journalist whose love for his country, and passion for his profession, has never wavered.

"Fast-written, rat-a-tat-tat memoir."
-Chicago Sun Times

"Jack Newfield is an old-fashioned newspaperman, skeptical, passionate, and brave. He really tells it in Somebody's Gotta Tell It-an absorbing and appealing memoir of a life committed to honest politics, honest sport, and honest journalism."
-Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

"Newfield has made it his life's mission to uncover and share significant truths about important people and events. No one has done the work better, nor described it as well as he has in this brilliant and engaging memoir. This book is a great telling of American history-music, culture, sports, and civil rights."
-Mario Cuomo

"We count our blessings in having memorable crusaders for social justice who do not let their zeal override their commitment to professional integrity. In the golden company of Lincoln Steffens and Heywood Broun, let's welcome Jack Newfield. He writes with the sharp eye of the trained observer and the engaged heart of the humanist."
-Budd Schulberg

"In a time when American journalism is getting its shares of slings and arrows, Jack Newfield stands out as a national treasure. I can't think of anyone among us today, as this book amply demonstrates, who brings a more passionate commitment to his craft."
-Peter Maas

"He does not stop. He is the loudest liberal voice in a time of timid whispers. Always, Newfield's hands plunge into the muck, to pull out the truth. This fine memoir shows how much Newfield has seen, and been involved in, of what happened in our nation. And he tells it to us in the swift sentences of one who knows what he is writing about."
-Jimmy Breslin

"Enthralling, moving, and sometimes poignant, this book is a must for anyone who cares about the cutting edge of our times."
-Richard North Patterson

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About the author (2003)

Jack Newfield has written for "The Village Voice," the "New York Daily News," "The New York Post," and is currently a Senior Fellow at "The Nation" magazine. He is the author of, among other books, "Robert Kennedy," "City for Sale" (with Wayne Barrett), and "Only in America: The Life and Crimes of Don King." His documentary on Don King for PBS received an Emmy Award in 1992. He lives with his wife Janie Eisenberg in Greenwich Village.

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