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In News Junkie, the cutthroat worlds of journalism, politics, and high finance are laid bare by Jason Leopold, whose addictive tendencies led him from a life of drug abuse and petty crime to become an award-winning investigative journalist who exposed some of the biggest corporate and political scandals in recent American history.
Leopold broke key stories about the California energy crisis and Enron Corporation's infamous phony trading floor as a reporter for the Dow Jones Newswires. While he exposed high-rolling hucksters and double-dealing politicians, Leopold hid the secrets of his own felonious past, terrified that he would be discovered.
When the news junkie closed in on his biggest story—one that implicated a Bush administration member—he found himself pilloried by angry colleagues and the president’s press secretary, all attempting to destroy his career.
Jason Leopold introduces us to an unforgettable array of characters, from weepy editors and love-starved politicos to steroid-pumped mobsters who intimidate the author into selling drugs and stolen goods.
In the end, News Junkie shows how a man once fueled by raging fear and self-hatred transforms his life, regenerated by love, sobriety and a new, harmonious career with the independent media.
Jason Leopold is a former Los Angeles bureau chief of Dow Jones Newswires. He has worked for the Los Angeles Times and has been a frequent guest on CNBC; his articles have appeared in The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times. Leopold is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and currently writes for CounterPunch, Political Affairs, and Z Magazine.
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"Who better to lay bare the cutthroat worlds of mainstream journalism, politics and high finance than an obsessive news junkie whose compulsions lead him from drugs and crime to become an award-winning investigative reporter." "Author Jason Leopold broke key stories about Enron Corporation's infamous phony trading floor and the California energy crisis for the Dow Jones Newswires. While exposing corporate crooks and double-dealing politicians, Leopold hides secrets of his own felonious past, fearful that he would be discovered." "News Junkie introduces us to an array of real-life characters, from love-starved politicos to weepy editors to steroid-pumped mobsters who threaten the author into selling drugs and stolen goods. News Junkie shows how a man once fueled by self-destructive impulses transforms his life, regenerated by love, sobriety and a new, harmonious career with the independent media."--BOOK JACKET.
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