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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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Blind Into Baghdad
America's War in Iraq
Written by James Fallows


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 15, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27796-1 (0-307-27796-8)

In the autumn of 2002, Atlantic Monthly national correspondent James Fallows wrote an article predicting many of the problems America would face if it invaded Iraq. After events confirmed many of his predictions, Fallows went on to write some of the most acclaimed, award-winning journalism on the planning and execution of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Postcards from Tomorrow Square
Reports from China
Written by James Fallows


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45624-3 (0-307-45624-2)

“Americans need not be hostile toward China's rise, but they should be wary about its eventual effects. The United States is the only nation with the scale and power to try to set the terms of its interaction with China rather than just succumb. So starting now, Americans need to consider... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Forever War

Written by Dexter Filkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27944-6 (0-307-27944-8)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year

One of the Best Books of the Year:
New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and Time


An instant classic of war reporting, The Forever War is the definitive account... Read more >

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A Continent for the Taking
The Tragedy and Hope of Africa
Written by Howard W. French


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3027-9 (1-4000-3027-7)

In A Continent for the Taking Howard W. French, a veteran correspondent for The New York Times, gives a compelling firsthand account of some of Africa’s most devastating recent history–from the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko, to Charles Taylor’s arrival in Monrovia, to the genocide in Rwanda and the Congo that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Longitudes and Attitudes
The World in the Age of Terrorism
Written by Thomas L. Friedman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3125-2 (1-4000-3125-7)

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author of From Beirut to Jerusalem and The Lexus and the Olive Tree comes this smart, penetrating, brilliantly informed book that is indispensable for understanding today’s radically new world and America’s complex place in it.

Thomas L. Freidman received his third Pulitzer... Read more >

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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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News For All The People
The Epic Story of Race and the American Media
Written by Juan Gonzalez and Joseph Torres


Format: Trade Paperback, 476 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-111-3 (1-84467-111-9)

From colonial newspapers to the Internet age, America’s racial divisions have played a central role in the creation of the country’s media system, just as the media has contributed to–and every so often, combated–racial oppression. This acclaimed book–called a “masterpiece” by the esteemed scholar Robert W. McChesney and chosen as one... Read more >

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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes
Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession
Written by David Grann


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27590-5 (0-307-27590-6)

From the bestselling author of The Lost City of Z comes this brilliant collection of true stories about people whose fixations propel them into unfathomable and often deadly circumstances.
 
Whether David Grann is investigating a mysterious murder, tracking a chameleon-like con artist, or hunting an elusive giant squid, he has proven to... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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A Writer at War
A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945
Written by Vasily Grossman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27533-2 (0-307-27533-7)

Edited and translated from the Russian by Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova A Writer at War is a masterpiece of the Second World War, never before published in English, from one of the great Russian writers of the 20th century—a vivid eyewitness account of the Eastern Front and “the ruthless truth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Snowden Files
The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man
Written by Luke Harding


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 7, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7352-0 (0-8041-7352-4)

It began with a tantalizing, anonymous email: “I Am A Senior Member Of The Intelligence Community.”
 
What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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A Writer's Coach
The Complete Guide to Writing Strategies That Work
Written by Jack R. Hart


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7869-1 (1-4000-7869-5)

Mystified over misplaced modifiers? In a trance from intransitive verbs? Paralyzed from using the passive voice? To aid writers, from beginners to professionals, legendary writing coach Jack Hart presents a comprehensive, practical, step-by-step approach to the writing process. He shares his techniques for composing and sustaining powerful writing and demonstrates how... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hiroshima

Written by John Hersey


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 1989
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72103-1 (0-679-72103-7)

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity"... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Dance of the Reptiles
Rampaging Tourists, Marauding Pythons, Larcenous Legislators, Crazed Celebrities, and Tar-Balled Beaches: Selected Columns
Written by Carl Hiaasen
Edited by Diane Stevenson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80702-1 (0-345-80702-2)

If you think the wildest, wackiest stories that Carl Hiaasen can tell have all made it into his hilarious, bestselling novels, think again. Dance of the Reptiles collects the best of Hiaasen’s Miami Herald columns, which lay bare the stories—large and small--that demonstrate anew that truth is far stranger than fiction.
 
Hiaasen offers his... 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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Bulletproof Diva

Written by Lisa Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 19, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47123-7 (0-385-47123-8)

In Bulletproof Diva, Lisa Jones brings the wit and candor of her infamous Village Voice column, "Skin Trade," to a much larger audience. Chock full of the "fierce black girl humor" that has made her column so popular, this provocative collection of essays and observations on race, sex, identity, and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Good Prose
The Art of Nonfiction
Written by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8215-2 (0-8129-8215-0)

Good Prose is an inspiring book about writing—about the creation of good prose—and the record of a warm and productive literary friendship. The story begins in 1973, in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly, in Boston, where a young freelance writer named Tracy Kidder came looking for an assignment. Richard Todd... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Morning Miracle
Inside the Washington Post The Fight to Keep a Great Newspaper Alive
Written by Dave Kindred


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2814-4 (0-7679-2814-8)

An in-depth look at the Washington Post from a Pulitzer Prize—nominated Post veteran. Morning Miracle definitively answers the question “Do newspapers still matter?” with a resounding yes.

What The Kingdom and the Power did for the New York Times, Morning Miracle will do for the Washington Post. A reporter for more than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shutterbabe
Adventures in Love and War
Written by Deborah Copaken Kogan


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75868-3 (0-375-75868-2)

Fresh out of college and passionate about photography, Deborah Copaken Kogan moved to Paris in 1988 and began knocking on photo agency doors, begging to be given a photojournalism assignment. Within weeks she was on the back of a truck in Afghanistan, the only woman—and the only journalist—in a convoy of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Elements of Journalism, Revised and Updated 3rd Edition
What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect
Written by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3678-5 (0-8041-3678-5)

Revised and updated with a new preface and material on the rise of social media, the challenges facing printed news, and how journalism can fulfill its purpose in the digital age.
 
Seventeen years ago, the Committee of Concerned Journalists gathered some of America’s most influential newspeople to ask the question, “What is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Half the Sky
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38709-7 (0-307-38709-7)

Winner of the Stowe Award for Excellence in Writing to Advance Social Justice

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Half the Sky
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26714-6 (0-307-26714-8)

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Near Death on the High Seas
True Stories of Disaster and Survival
Edited by Cecil Kuhne


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27934-7 (0-307-27934-0)

“The wind was blowing at hurricane strength-sixty-five knots and over-and increasing in the gusts to eighty knots. His boat was surfing on waves as high as a sixty-foot, six-storey building. . .Each wave that struck choked and froze him, the icy water working its way down inside his survival suit.” —from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Free Ride
How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back
Written by Robert Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73977-3 (0-307-73977-5)

How did the newspaper, music, and film industries go from raking in big bucks to scooping up digital dimes? Their customers were lured away by the free ride of technology. Now, business journalist Robert Levine shows how they can get back on track.

On the Internet, “information wants to be free.” This... Read more >
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