Synopses & Reviews
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
Gary Webb wrote the truth. . . . Dark Alliance] brings to light one of the worst official abuses of our nation's history.--US Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Gary Webb had the uncanny ability to track down corruption and expose it. For over thirty-four years, he specialized in long investigative stories about national and local corruption. He had an almost magnetic attraction to these kinds of stories. It was his gift, and, ultimately, his downfall.
Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack-Cocaine Explosion is currently one of our top-selling backlist titles and is considered a contemporary classic of investigative reporting. But Webb's journalistic career consisted of much more than this one story. The Killing Game collects the best of his investigative stories from his beginnings at the Kentucky Post to his end at the Sacramento News & Review. It includes Webb's 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. The Killing Game, by illuminating Webb's work outside of Dark Alliance, is a testament to investigative journalism at its best.
Gary Webb (1955-2004) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist best known for Dark Alliance.
Eric Webb is Gary Webb's youngest son. Surrounded by journalism all his life, he is now a journalism student in Southern California.
Collected for the first time, the earlier writings of the journalist who exposed the CIA-Contra drug scandal.
Gary Webb had an inborn journalistic tendency to track down corruption and expose it. For over thirty-four years, he wrote stories about corruption from county, state, and federal levels. He had an almost magnetic effect to these kinds of stories, and it was almost as if the stories found him. It was his gift, and, ultimately, it was his downfall.
He was best known for his story Dark Alliance, written for the San Jose Mercury News in 1996. In it Webb linked the CIA to the crack-cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the Iran Contra scandal. His only published book, Dark Alliance is still a classic of contemporary journalism. But his life consisted of much more than this one story, and The Killing Game is a collection of his best investigative stories from his beginning at the Kentucky Post to his end at the Sacramento News & Review. It includes Webb's 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. The Killing Game is a dedication to his life’s work outside of Dark Alliance, and it’s an exhibition of investigative journalism in its truest form.
About the Author
GARY WEBB was an investigative reporter who focused on government and private sector corruption and who won more than thirty journalism awards. He was one of six reporters at the San Jose Mercury News to win a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting for a series of stories on the collapse of the Cypress Street Viaduct during northern California's 1989 earthquake. He also received the 1997 Media Hero Award from the Institute for Alternative Journalism and in 1996 was named Journalist of the Year by the Bay Area Society of Professional Journalists. He died in 2004.