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Nat Hentoff
Booknotes, Sunday, October 19, 1997
Nat Hentoff discusses Speaking Freely: A Memoir.

In 1995, when Nat Hentoff was honored by the National Press Foundation for lifetime distinguished contributions to journalism, Meg Greenfield said of Hentoff, "In an age when so many of us claim courage for taking on individuals and institutions that they couldn't be more safe in attacking, Hentoff takes real risks, challenges icons and ideas that are treasured in the community he lives in . . . he has come to the defense of some of the most loathsome human beings in our society when he knew their fundamental rights--and by extension the rights of all-were being endangered . . . Journalism doesn't get any better than Nat Hentoff." Through his nationally syndicated columns in the Village Voice and the Washington Post as well as his numerous books on Jazz, Religion, Education and Freedom of Speech, Nat Hentoff has come to be considered as "a giant in defending civil liberties." (Publishers Weekly.) Now, in SPEAKING FREELY: A Memoir, Hentoff recounts his incredible life and guides the reader through more than 40 years of his career in journalism. He tells of his days writing for the jazz magazine Down Beat and the relationships he forged with such greats as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie, offers reflections on his mentors George Seldes and I.F. Stone, recounts his associations with such individuals as Malcom X, Louis Farrakhan (who once labeled Hentoff "the Antichrist"), Adlai Stevenson and John Cardinal O'Connor, and shares his controversial stance on such issues as abortion and the testing of newborns for the HIV virus. SPEAKING FREELY is written in the candid and opinionated voice that has made Hentoff one of America's most provocative journalists. —from the publisher's website (timspalding)… (more)
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