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Tokyo Vice
An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
Written by Jake Adelstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47529-9 (0-307-47529-8)

From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up.

At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Cotton Tenants
Three Families
Written by James Agee
Edited by John Summers
Photographed by Walker Evans
Introduction by Adam Haslett


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 29, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-212-3 (1-61219-212-2)

In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a four-hundred-page prose symphony about three tenant farming families in Hale County, Alabama at the height of the Great Depression. The book shattered journalistic and literary conventions. Critic Lionel Trilling called it the “most realistic and most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Uncovering Race
A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention
Written by Amy Alexander


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6100-8 (0-8070-6100-X)

From an award-winning black journalist, a tough-minded look at the treatment of ethnic minorities both in newsrooms and in the reporting that comes out of them, within the changing media landscape.

Amy Alexander fell in love with journalism as a child in San Francisco during the tumultuous late 1960s. After landing her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The New Media Monopoly
A Completely Revised and Updated Edition With Seven New Chapters
Written by Ben H. Bagdikian


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2004
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6187-9 (0-8070-6187-5)

When the first edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 1983, critics called Ben Bagdikian’s warnings about the chilling effects of corporate ownership and mass advertising on the nation’s news “alarmist.” Since then, the number of corporations controlling most of America’s daily newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, book publishers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense

Written by Normand Baillargeon
Illustrated by Charb
Translated by Andrea Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-765-7 (1-58322-765-2)

What is the relationship between democracy and critical thinking? What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and... Read more >

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The Taliban Shuffle
Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Written by Kim Barker


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47738-5 (0-307-47738-X)

When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter—her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Erotic Engine
How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google
Written by Patchen Barss


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
On Sale: June 21, 2011
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-66737-1 (0-385-66737-X)

Pornography: The force for change that has been written out of the history of world culture.

From cave painting to photography to the internet, pornography has always been at the cutting edge in adopting and exploiting new developments in mass communication. And in so doing, it has helped to promote and propel... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Flight of the Intellectuals

Written by Paul Berman


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-933633-51-0 (1-933633-51-4)

It created a worldwide furor when Tariq Ramadan was barred from US entry to accept a prestigious appointment at Notre Dame University. After all, as a major profile in The New York Times Magazine observed, Ramadan is one of the Muslim world’s most charismatic and influential figures, with a long career... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Arrows of the Night
Ahmad Chalabi and the Selling of the Iraq War
Written by Richard Bonin


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2876-2 (0-7679-2876-8)

The definitive account of what Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi did to manipulate the U.S. government into invading Iraq with his ultimate hope of being placed in power, by longtime 60 Minutes producer Richard Bonin.

Drawing on unparalleled access to Chalabi, Bonin traces the exile’s ingenious efforts to stoke a desire for Iraqi... Read more >

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The Image
A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74180-0 (0-679-74180-1)

First published in 1962, Boorstin’s prophetic vision of an America inundated by its own illusions introduced the notion of “pseudo-events” —events such as press conferences and presidential debates, which are manufactured solely in order to be reported—and the contemporary definition of “celebrity” as “a person who is known for his well-knownness.”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The World in Vogue
People, Parties, Places
Edited by Hamish Bowles and Alexandra Kotur


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 17, 2009
Price: $85.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27187-7 (0-307-27187-0)

This one-of-a-kind book of 300 photographs of some of the most celebrated actors, artists, models, First Ladies, and social figures draws on stories that have appeared in the pages of Vogue over the past four decades, as well as photographs from those stories that have never been published. These trendsetters and... Read more >

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Ultimate Blogs
Masterworks from the Wild Web
Written by Sarah Boxer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27806-7 (0-307-27806-9)

“What are you working on?”
“An anthology of blogs.”
“I didn’t know you had a blog.”
“I don’t. It’s an anthology of other people’s blogs.”
“How do you find good blogs?”
“I read. I surf. I look at blog contests. I follow links. I ask people about the blogs they like.”
“Is a good blog... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The New New Journalism
Conversations with America's Best Nonfiction Writers on Their Craft
Written by Robert Boynton


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3356-0 (1-4000-3356-X)

Forty years after Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, and Gay Talese launched the New Journalism movement, Robert S. Boynton sits down with nineteen practitioners of what he calls the New New Journalism to discuss their methods, writings and careers.

The New New Journalists are first and foremost brilliant reporters who immerse themselves... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Craft of Interviewing

Written by John Brady


Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1977
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72469-0 (0-394-72469-0)

Brady has put together an indispensable guide to the art of questioning. The Craft of Interviewing covers all aspects of the interview process--getting the interview, doing research, handling the subject face-to-face, hurdling hazards, getting tough, taking notes, taping, dealing with off-the-record types, concluding the interview, verifying it, and wrapping it up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Somebody Told Me
The Newspaper Stories of Rick Bragg
Written by Rick Bragg


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 28, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72552-4 (0-375-72552-0)

With his bestselling All Over but the Shoutin’, Rick Bragg gave us memorable stories of his own childhood. In Somebody Told Me, he offers the best of his work as a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist writing the remarkable stories of others.

For twenty years, Bragg has focused his efforts on the common man... Read more >

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The Publisher
Henry Luce and His American Century
Written by Alan Brinkley


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74154-1 (0-679-74154-2)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Acclaimed historian Alan Brinkley gives us a sharply realized portrait of Henry Luce, arguably the most important publisher of the twentieth century.

As the founder of Time, Fortune, and Life magazines, Luce changed the way we consume news and the way we understand our world. Born the son of missionaries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Music for Chameleons

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74566-2 (0-679-74566-1)

In these gems of reportage Truman Capote takes true stories and real people and renders then with the stylistic brio we expect from great fiction. Here we encounter an exquisitely preserved Creole aristocrat sipping absinthe in her Martinique salon; an enigmatic killer who sends his victims announcements of their forthcoming demise... Read more >

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American Photojournalism Comes of Age

Written by Michael L. Carlebach


Format: Trade Paperback, 222 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 1997
Price: $36.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-786-4 (1-56098-786-3)

In American Photojournalism Comes of Age, Michael L. Carlebach discusses the ways in which photojournalists redefined the boundaries of publicity and privacy, fact and fabrication during the formative decades of the profession. He explains how photographers and editors took advantage not only of more streamlined technologies but also of the public’s... Read more >

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Cronkite's War
His World War II Letters Home
Written by Walter Cronkite, IV and Maurice Isserman
Foreword by Tom Brokaw


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1019-8 (1-4262-1019-1)

Walter Cronkite, an obscure 23-year-old United Press wire service reporter, married Betsy Maxwell on March 30, 1940, following a four-year courtship. She proved to be the love of his life, and their marriage lasted happily until her death in 2005. But before Walter and Betsy Cronkite celebrated their second anniversary, he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Boys on the Bus

Written by Timothy Crouse
Foreword by Hunter S. Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6820-0 (0-8129-6820-4)

In the frenzied months leading up to the 1972 presidential election, Rolling Stone reporter Timothy Crouse followed the McGovern and Nixon press packs through primaries, conventions, and countless stump speeches. The Boys on the Bus tells the story of the men and women who covered the campaign for news organizations across... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The News: A User's Manual

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37912-2 (0-307-37912-4)

The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?
 
We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness)... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Ghosts by Daylight
Love, War, and Redemption
Written by Janine di Giovanni


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26558-6 (0-307-26558-7)

An enthralling, deeply moving memoir from one of our foremost American war correspondents.

Janine di Giovanni has spent most of her career—more than twenty years—in war zones recording events on behalf of the voiceless. From Sarajevo to East Timor, from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia, she has been under siege... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 26, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0154-7 (0-8070-0154-6)

Astonishingly, the average age of first viewing porn is now 11.5 years for boys, and with the advent of the Internet, it’s no surprise that young people are consuming more porn than ever. And, as Gail Dines shows, today’s porn is strikingly different from yesterday’s Playboy. As porn culture has become... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Last Pirate
A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana
Written by Tony Dokoupil


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53346-1 (0-385-53346-2)

In the tradition of Blow and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, The Last Pirate is a vivid, haunting and often hilarious memoir recounting the life of Big Tony, a family man who joined the biggest pot ring of the Reagan era and exploded his life in the process. Three decades... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The News About the News
American Journalism in Peril
Written by Leonard Downie, Jr. and Robert G. Kaiser


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71415-3 (0-375-71415-4)

Freedom of the press is a primary American value. Good journalism builds communities, arms citizens with important information, and serves as a public watchdog for civic, national, and global issues. But what happens when the news turns its back on its public role?

Leonard Downie Jr., executive editor of The Washington Post... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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