The Westside Slugger: Joe Neal's Lifelong Fight for Social Justice Volume 1

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University of Nevada Press
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Nevada native, John L. Smith is a freelance writer, journalist, and author of more than a dozen books. He writes an award-winning weekly column for The Nevada Independent, offers weekly commentary on National Public Radio station KNPR, is a stringer for Reuters and a contributor to The Daily Beast and other publications.

He spent three decades as a daily columnist with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the state's largest newspaper, and garnered many state and national awards for his work. In 2016, he was part of a group of the Las Vegas Review-Journal staffers to receive the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics from the University of Oregon, the Society of Professional Journalists award for Ethics, and the Medill Medal for Courage from Northwestern University. He was featured in the 2017 Brian Knappenberger documentary "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press," available on Netflix. He splits his time living in Las Vegas, NV and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


"Smith uses an effective mix of interviews, new reports, and contemporaneous quotes to track Neal's political rise.... Smith's book portrays him as a man well respected even by his opponents for his consistency and convictions. With a daughter following in his political footsteps, Joe Neal's story isn't yet over, and The Westside Slugger does a nice job detailing what's happened so far."--Foreword Reviews