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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 >

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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 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 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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The Fox Effect
How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine
Written by David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters for America


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27958-3 (0-307-27958-8)

Based on the meticulous research of the news watchdog organization Media Matters for America, David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt show how Fox News, under its president Roger Ailes, changed from a right-leaning news network into a partisan advocate for the Republican Party.

The Fox Effect follows the career of Ailes from... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Free Ride
John McCain and the Media
Written by David Brock and Paul Waldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27940-8 (0-307-27940-5)

John McCain's underdog campaign in 2000 was one of the great surprises of recent presidential politics; portraying himself as a maverick and an outsider, McCain managed to get closer to the nomination than anyone expected. Then in 2004, there was rampant speculation in the media that McCain would join John Kerry's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Long Way from Home
Growing Up in the American Heartland
Written by Tom Brokaw


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 5, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-50763-2 (0-375-50763-9)

Reflections on America and the American experience as he has lived and observed it, by the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation.

In this beautiful memoir, Tom Brokaw writes of America and of the American experience. From his parents’ life in the Thirties, on to his boyhood along the Missouri River and... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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America Noir
Underground Writers and Filmmakers of the Postwar Era
Written by David Cochran


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-218-8 (1-58834-218-2)

In America Noir David Cochran details how ten writers and filmmakers challenged the social pieties prevalent during the Cold War, such as the superiority of the American democracy, the benevolence of free enterprise, and the sanctity of the suburban family. Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone featured victims of vast, faceless, bureaucratic... 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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Flirting with Danger
Confessions of a Reluctant War Reporter
Written by Siobhan Darrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72134-9 (0-385-72134-X)

Siobhan Darrow, former star correspondent for CNN, has covered the world’s hottest war zones over the past two decades, reporting from the front lines in Moscow, Chechnya, the Balkans, Albania and Northern Ireland.

Whether dodging bullets in an occupied village, interviewing world leaders, sharing the pain and disorientation of refugees on... 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.

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The Bobbed Haired Bandit
A Story of Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York
Written by Stephen Duncombe and Andrew Mattson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7735-6 (0-8129-7735-1)

On January 5, 1924, a well-dressed young woman, accompanied by a male companion, walked into a Brooklyn grocery, pulled a “baby automatic” from the pocket of her fur coat, emptied the cash register, and escaped into the night. Dubbed “the Bobbed Haired Bandit” by the press, the petite thief continued her... Read more >

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The Hollywood Economist 2.0
The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies
Written by Edward Jay Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-050-1 (1-61219-050-2)

A fully revised edition of the popular guide to Hollywood finances, updated to reflect even newer films and trends

A fast-and-dirty guide to the financial world behind the movies, The Hollywood Economist was a surprise hit last year. Now Edward Jay Epstein has updated his look into the dazzlingly complicated economics of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Winchell
Gossip, Power, and the Culture of Celebrity
Written by Neal Gabler


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76439-7 (0-679-76439-9)

Hailed as the most important and entertaining biography in recent memory, Gabler’s account of the life of fast-talking gossip columnist and radio broadcaster Walter Winchell “fuses meticulous research with a deft grasp of the cultural nuances of an era when virtually everyone who mattered paid homage to Winchell” (Time). Read more >

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Censored 2014
Fearless Speech in Fateful Times; The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2012-13
Edited by Mickey Huff, Andy Lee Roth and Project Censored
Illustrated by Khalil Bendib
Foreword by Sarah Van Gelder


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-494-7 (1-60980-494-5)

Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation’s oldest news-monitoring group–a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff–has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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unSpun
Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation
Written by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 24, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6566-0 (1-4000-6566-6)

Selected for common reading at Itasca Community College


Americans are bombarded daily with mixed messages, half-truths, misleading statements, and out-and-out fabrications masquerading as facts. The news media–once the vaunted watchdogs of our republic–are often too timid or distracted to identify these deceptions.

unSpun is the secret decoder ring for the twenty-first-century world of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8115-5 (0-8129-8115-4)

Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Jim Henson
The Biography
Written by Brian Jay Jones


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-52611-3 (0-345-52611-2)

For the first time ever—a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson

He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile... Read more >

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How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns
Written by Wendy Melillo


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-393-2 (1-58834-393-6)

How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns details how public service advertising campaigns became part of our national conversation and changed us as a society. The Ad Council began during World War II as a propaganda arm of President Roosevelt’s administration to preserve... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Moyers on America
A Journalist and His Times
Written by Bill Moyers


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 14, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9536-0 (1-4000-9536-0)

During the fifty years he has been variously a reporter, a political spokesperson, and a broadcaster, Bill Moyers has demonstrated a deep commitment to understanding the workings of our government and the role of the individual in society. His essays and commentaries, such as the recent “Shivers Down the Spine,” “A... Read more >

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Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy Television

Written by Joe Nazzaro


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: December 1, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-84023-383-4 (1-84023-383-4)

Writers and producers from some of television's most popular science fiction and fantasy shows talk candidly about how they started out, their inspirations and influences, and the reality of creating the incredible and impossible on a daily basis, in a collection of fascinating, in-depth interviews. Read more >

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Spacefarers
Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight
Edited by Michael J. Neufeld


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-19-9 (1-935623-19-2)

The recent 50th anniversaries of the first human spaceflights by the Soviet Union and the United States, and the 30th anniversary of the launching of the first U.S. Space Shuttle mission, have again brought to mind the pioneering accomplishments of the first quarter century of humans in space. Historians, political scientists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Informing the News
The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism
Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80660-4 (0-345-80660-3)

As the journalist Walter Lippmann noted nearly a century ago, democracy falters “if there is no steady supply of trustworthy and relevant news.” Today’s journalists are not providing it. Too often, reporters give equal weight to facts and biased opinion, stir up small controversies, and substitute infotainment for real news. Even... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Out of Order
An incisive and boldly original critique of the news media's domination of America's political process
Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 2, 1994
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75510-4 (0-679-75510-1)

In this pointed examination of how Americans elect their presidents, Patterson—professor of political science at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University—faults a system that relies upon the news media as chief intermediary between voter and candidate. Because the values of journalism are at odds with the values of politics, Patterson argues... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Race Beat
The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
Written by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73565-6 (0-679-73565-8)

This is the story of how America awakened to its race problem, of how a nation that longed for unity after World War II came
instead to see, hear, and learn about the shocking indignities and injustices of racial segregation in the South—and the brutality used to enforce it. It is the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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