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Witness in Our Time, Second Edition
Working Lives of Documentary Photographers
Written by Ken Light


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-298-0 (1-58834-298-0)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

This updated classic addresses the effects of the digital age on documentary photography and includes a new section on fieldwork.

Building on the traditions and passions of their predecessors, today’s documentary photographers are devising new strategies to address the obstacles and opportunities created by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mencken Chrestomathy

Written by H.L. Mencken


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1982
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75209-9 (0-394-75209-0)

Edited and annotated by H.L.M., this is a selection from his out-of-print writings. They come mostly from books—the six of the Prejudices series, A Book of Burlesques, In Defense of Women, Notes on Democracy, Making A President, A Book of Calumny, Treatise on Right and Wrong—but there are also magazine and... Read more >
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My Ears Are Bent

Written by Joseph Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72630-9 (0-375-72630-6)

As a young newspaper reporter in 1930s New York, Joseph Mitchell interviewed fan dancers, street evangelists, voodoo conjurers, not to mention a lady boxer who also happened to be a countess. Mitchell haunted parts of the city now vanished: the fish market, burlesque houses, tenement neighborhoods, and storefront churches. Whether he... Read more >
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Poison Penmanship
The Gentle Art of Muckraking
Written by Jessica Mitford
Preface by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-355-8 (1-59017-355-4)

Jessica Mitford was a member of one of England’s most legendary families (among her sisters were the novelist Nancy Mitford and the current Duchess of Devonshire) and one of the great muckraking journalists of modern times. Leaving England for America, she pursued a career as an investigative reporter and unrepentant gadfly... Read more >
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Hard News
Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
Written by Seth Mnookin


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7251-1 (0-8129-7251-1)

On May 11, 2003, The New York Times devoted four pages of its Sunday paper to the deceptions of Jayson Blair, a mediocre former Times reporter who had made up stories, faked datelines, and plagiarized on a massive scale. The fallout from the Blair scandal rocked the Times to its core... Read more >
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Birth of a Nation'hood
Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O. J. Simpson Case
Written by Toni Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75893-8 (0-679-75893-3)

Co-edited and introduced by Toni Morrison, Birth of a Nation'hood illuminates one of the grimmest--and most revealing--moments of recent American history: the O.J. Simpson case. As they relate to the scandal, the issues of race, sex, violence, money, and the media are refracted through the lens of twelve powerful essays, specially... Read more >
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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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Women of Vision
National Geographic Photographers on Assignment
Written by National Geographic
Afterword by Elizabeth Crist
Foreword by Ann Curry
Introduction by Chris Johns


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1272-7 (1-4262-1272-0)

Women photographers have produced many of National Geographic’s most powerful photo-narratives of the past decade. These talented photojournalists are celebrated in this captivating photography book, covering places and subjects around the globe and sharing the same passion and commitment to storytelling that has come to define National Geographic magazine, with more... 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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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Hell Before Breakfast
America's First War Correspondents Making History and Headlines, from the Battlefields of the Civil War to the Far Reaches of the Ottoman Empire
Written by Robert H. Patton


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 29, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37721-0 (0-307-37721-0)

The first “war correspondent,” William H. Russell of The Times of London, described himself and his profession as “the miserable parent of a luckless tribe.” Others saw it differently: the war correspondent became the stuff of dreams and an urgent romantic calling. . . .
 
Now, Robert H. Patton, acclaimed historian... Read more >
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The Best American Crime Writing: 2003 Edition
The Year's Best True Crime Reporting
Edited by Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 19, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71301-9 (0-375-71301-8)

This year’s worth of the most powerful, the most startling, the smartest and most astute, in short, the best crime journalism. Scouring hundreds of publications, Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook have created a remarkable compilation containing the best examples of the most current and vibrant of our literary traditions: crime... Read more >
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Is Journalism Worth Dying For?
Final Dispatches
Written by Anna Politkovskaya
Translated by Arch Tait


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: March 16, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-40-0 (1-935554-40-9)

A collection of final dispatches by the famed journalist, including the first translation of the work that may have led to her murder

Anna Politkovskaya won international fame for her courageous reporting. Is Journalism Worth Dying For? is a long-awaited collection of her final writing.

Beginning with a brief introduction by the author... Read more >
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Reporting
Writings from The New Yorker
Written by David Remnick


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27575-2 (0-307-27575-2)

David Remnick is a writer with a rare gift for making readers understand the hearts and minds of our public figures. Whether it’s the decline and fall of Mike Tyson, Al Gore’s struggle to move forward after his loss in the 2000 election, or Vladimir Putin dealing with Gorbachev’s legacy, Remnick... Read more >
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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 >
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Covering Islam
How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World
Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75890-7 (0-679-75890-9)

From the Iranian hostage crisis through the Gulf War and the bombing of the world trade center, the American news media have portrayed "Islam" as a monolithic entity, synonymous with terrorism and religious hysteria.  At the same time, Islamic states have used "Islam" to justify repressive and unrepresentative regimes.  In this classic work... Read more >

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The Real War
The Classic Reporting on the Vietnam War
Written by Jonathan Schell


Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 12, 1988
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75550-2 (0-394-75550-2)

Jonathan Schell’s extraordinary on-the-scene writing about Vietnam has stood the test of time in our continuing attempt to understand how and why the United States went to war—and how and why it lost.

In “The Village of Ben Suc” written “with skill that many a veteran reporter will envy” (New York... Read more >

Shocking True Story
The Rise and Fall of Confidential, "America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine"
Written by Henry E. Scott


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 19, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-37897-2 (0-307-37897-7)

Humphrey Bogart said of Confidential: “Everybody reads it but they say the cook brought it into the house.” Tom Wolfe called it “the most scandalous scandal magazine in the history of the world.” Time defined it as “a cheesecake of innuendo, detraction, and plain smut . . . dig up one... Read more >

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Americana
Dispatches from the New Frontier
Written by Hampton Sides


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3355-3 (1-4000-3355-1)

Harley-Davidson bikers . . . Grand Canyon river rats. . .Mormon archaeologists. . . Spelling bee prodigies…

For more than fifteen years, best-selling author and historian Hampton Sides has traveled widely across the continent exploring the America that lurks just behind the scrim of our mainstream culture. Reporting for Outside, The New... Read more >
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Back to Our Future
How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
Written by David Sirota


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51878-1 (0-345-51878-0)

Wall Street scandals. Fights over taxes. Racial resentments. A Lakers-Celtics championship. The Karate Kid topping the box-office charts. Bon Jovi touring the country. These words could describe our current moment—or the vaunted iconography of three decades past.

In this wide-ranging and wickedly entertaining book, New York Times bestselling journalist David Sirota takes... Read more >
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The Fact Checker's Bible
A Guide to Getting It Right
Written by Sarah Harrison Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72106-6 (0-385-72106-4)

The first book of its kind, The Fact Checker’s Bible is the essential guide to the important but often neglected task of checking facts, whatever their source.

Today, everyone is overwhelmed with information that claims to be factual. But even the most punctilious researcher, writer, student or journalist--not to mention the lazy... Read more >
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Every Man in This Village Is a Liar
An Education in War
Written by Megan Stack


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3034-5 (0-7679-3034-7)

A National Book Award Finalist

A few weeks after the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, journalist Megan K. Stack was thrust into Afghanistan and Pakistan, dodging gunmen, prodding warlords for information, and witnessing the changes sweeping the Muslim world. Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is her... Read more >

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Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con

Written by Andrew Sullivan


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7866-0 (1-4000-7866-0)

From Plato to Camille Paglia, a collection of opinions, pro and con, on one of the most explosive issues of our time. Were homosexual unions sanctioned by societies before our own? What are the bases for the religious proscriptions against them? Does the Constitution implicitly grant homosexuals the right to marry?... Read more >
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Stringer
A Reporter's Journey in the Congo
Written by Anjan Sundaram


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53775-9 (0-385-53775-1)

In the powerful travel-writing tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski and V.S. Naipaul, a haunting memoir of a dangerous and disorienting year of self-discovery in one of the world's unhappiest countries.

"Books by journalists usually keep the focus outward, but Sundaram has more of a novelist's interior sensibility and a talent for describing anxiety... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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