The cutthroat worlds of journalism, politics, and high finance are laid bare by 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- Book Passage
Jason Leopold is former Los Angeles bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswire. He has written over 2,000 stories on the California energy crisis and received the Dow Jones Journalist of the Year Award in 2001. Leopold also reported extensively on Enronâ€™s downfall and was the first journalist to land an interview with former Enron President Jeffrey Skilling following Enronâ€™s bankruptcy filing in December 2001.
Leopoldâ€™s work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Salon, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous other national and international publications. Leopold has appeared on CNBC and National Public Radio as an expert on energy policy and has also been the keynote speaker at more than two dozen energy industry conferences around the country. Leopold currently writes about foreign and domestic policy online for the publications Truthout, CounterPunch, Raw Story, and Z Magazine.
I understand that Leopold's book is something like half recovered-addict memoir and half investigative reporter memoir, but in the end it makes for kind of a strange and uneasy mix. Just over the course of this reading, we go from the author's breaking of the Enron scandal to reuniting with his estranged father. That's a pretty dramatic narrative swing, and indicates, at least to me, that this book might be a bit of a head-trip. Has anybody here read it?