James S. Hirsch

James S. Hirsch is former reporter for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of four nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestseller. Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter, which was the basis for the film of the same name starring Denzel Washington. Hirsch is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sheryl, and their children, Amanda and Garrett. Born and raised in St. Louis, he remains a diehard Cardinal fan.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I live to write the perfect sentence.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I chase open-ended straights.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Stephen Dedalus

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Racquetball.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The reporter in "Citizen Kane."

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