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Janet’s World: The Inside Story of Washington Post Pulitzer Fabulist Janet Cooke

By Mike Sager

Janet Cooke caused one of the biggest scandals in the history of journalism when her Pulitzer Prize-winning article, about an eight-year-old heroin addict, turned out to be a fake, along with her doctored resume. Written while a staff writer for the Washington Post, under the regime of the legendary editor Ben Bradlee, Cooke’s disgrace was a jarring wake up call during the heady days of post-Watergate investigative journalism.

This article–a 20,000 word, extended “author’s edition” of the piece that originally ran in GQ–is Cooke’s only in-depth interview. While faithful to the basic fact finding contained in the Washington Post’s internal ombudsman’s report, easily available on line, Sager’s work plums the depScreen Shot 2013-12-03 at 4.20.40 PMths of Cooke’s persona and upbringing, bringing to light the human story behind the headlines. Vilified by history as a fabricator, Cooke’s difficult role as an African American professional woman in the early 1980s is often overlooked.

http://www.amazon.com/Janets-World-Washington-Pulitzer-Fabulist-ebook/dp/B00G3LC4NG/

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