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Journalism Reading List

Some books change the way we see the world. Each year, professors in the Department of Journalism compile a list of books that could change the way students see the profession. From writings by journalists to writings about journalists, these books offer students a glimpse into covering the news from war’s frontline to Washington to the red carpet. These books aren’t required reading. But they should be. Students who read even a quarter of the titles are better informed and enter the profession with both eyes open, ultimately making them better journalists.

War and Conflict

•  Adams, Eddie and Suu, Vo. Associated Press photograph and NBC television footage of a Saigon execution. 1968

•  Arendt, Hannah. "Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil." Collected articles. 1963

•  Bigart, Homer. Account of being over Japan in a bomber when World War II came to an end. In the New York Herald-Tribune. 1945

•  Bourke-White, Margaret. Photographs following the defeat of Germany. For Life magazine. 1945

•  Bowden, Mark. "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War." Book. 2000

•  Capa, Robert. Spanish Civil War photos for Life. 1936

•  Ten photographs from D-Day. 1944

•  Cronkite, Walter. CBS television documentary on Vietnam. 1968

•  Davis, Richard Harding. Coverage of German march into Belgium. For the Wheeler Syndicate and magazines. 1914

•  Gellhorn, Martha. "The Face of War." Collected articles. 1959

•  Gordon, Michael R. and Trainor, Bernard E. “Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion of Iraq.”  Book. 2006

•  Gourevitch, Philip.  "We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families:  Stories from Rwanda."  Book 1999

•  Hedges, Chris, “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.” Book. 2002

•  Hemingway, Ernest. Reports on the Spanish Civil War. In the New Republic. 1937-38

•  Herr, Michael. "Dispatches." Book. 1977

•  Hersey, John. "Hiroshima." Book. Reprint 1989 and "Here to Stay." Collected articles. 1963

•  Hersh, Seymour.  “Chain Of Command: The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib.” Book. 2004;  “Cover-up: The Army’s Secret Investigation of the Massacre at My Lai.”

Book 1972. For Dispatch News Service. 1969;  “The Dark Side of Camelot.” Book. 1998; “Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to

Undermine the U.N. and  Overthrow Saddam Hussen.” Book 2005

•  Kamm, Henry. "Descending Dragon." Book. 1996

•  Karnow, Stanley. "Vietnam: A History." Book. 1997

•  Knightley, Phillip and Pilger, John. "The First Casualty: The War Correspondent As Hero and Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Kosovo." Book. 2002

•  Kramer, Jane. "The Politics of Memory: Looking for Germany in the New Germany." Collected articles. 1996

•  Mailer, Norman. "The Armies of the Night." Book. 1968

• Mufti, Shahan.  "The Faithful Scribe:  A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family and War."  Book. 2013

•  Murrow, Edward R. "This is London . . ." Radio reports for CBS on the German bombing of London. 1940

•  Murrow, Edward R. Report of the liberation of Buchenwald for CBS radio. 1945

•  Orwell, George. "Homage to Catalonia." 1952

•  Pyle, Ernie. Reports from Europe and the Pacific during World War II for the Scripps-Howard newspapers. 1940-45

•  Reed, John. "Ten Days That Shook the World." Book. 1919

• Ricks, Thomas. “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq.” Book. 2006

•  Rosenthal, Joe. Photograph of Marines raising a U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. For the Associated Press. 1945

•  Safer, Morley. Report for CBS television on atrocities committed by American soldiers on the hamlet of Cam Ne in Vietnam. 1965

•  Sheehan, Neil. "A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam." Book. 1988

•  Shirer, William. "Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1939-1941." Book. 1941

•  Sontag, Susan. "Notes on 'Camp'." In the Partisan Review. 1964

•  The New Yorker. "The New Yorker Book of War Pieces." Collected articles. 1947

•  Thompson, Dorothy. Reports on the rise of Hitler in Cosmopolitan and Saturday Evening Post. 1931-34

•  Ut, Huynh Cong. Photograph of a burning girl running from a napalm attack. For the Associated Press. 1972

•  Wright, Lawrence.  "The Looming Tower:  Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11."  Book. 2007

Politics

•  ABC. Live television broadcast of Army-McCarthy hearings. 1954

•  Barlett, Donald L. and Steele, James B. "America: What Went Wrong?" Series in Philadelphia Inquirer. 1992

•  Carter, Hodding, Jr. "Go for Broke." Editorial in Carter's Delta Democrat-Times (Greenville, MS). 1945

•  Clarke, Richard. "Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terrorism." Book. 2004

•  Cramer, Richard Ben. "What It Takes: The Way to the White House." Book. 1992

•  Franken, Al. "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.” Book 2003; “The Truth (with jokes).” Book. 2005

•  Goldberg, Bernard. "Arrogance." Book. 2003

•  Herblock (Herbert Block). Cartoons on "McCarthyism." In the Washington Post. 1950

• Lewis, Michael. “Trail Fever: Rented Strangers, Thumb Wrestlers, Toe Suckers, Grizzly Bears.” Book. 1997

•  McGinniss, Joe. "The Selling of the President 1968." Book. 1969

•  Moore, Michael. "Dude, Where's My Country?" Book. 2003;  “Stupid White Men...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!” Book 2004;  “Downsize This!” Book 2002

•  Murrow, Edward R. and Friendly, Fred. See It Now CBS television documentary taking on Senator Joseph McCarthy. 1954

•  New York Times. Publication of the Pentagon Papers. 1971

•  Remnick, David. "Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire." Book. 1993

•  Salisbury, Harrison. Reporting from the Soviet Union for the New York Times. 1949-54

•  Thompson, Hunter S. "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail." Book. 1973

•  White, Theodore. "The Making of the President: 1960." Book. 1961

•  Woodward, Bob and Bernstein, Carl. "Watergate Investigations for the Washington Post. 1972-73" and "All the President's Men." Book. 1974

•  Woodward, Bob. "Plan of Attack." Book. 2004

Muckrakers

•  Mitford, Jessica. "American Way of Death Revisited." Book. 1999

•  Steffens, Lincoln. "The Shame of the Cities" investigation. In McClure's magazine. 1902-1904

•  Tarbell, Ida. "The History of the Standard Oil Company" Investigation. In McClure's magazine. 1902-1904

Race and Gender

•  Branch, Taylor. "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63." Book. 1988

•  Brown, Earl. Series of articles on race for Harper's and Life magazines. 1942-1944

•  Dash, Leon. "Rosa Lee's Story." Series in the Washington Post. 1994 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/library/rosalee/backgrnd.htm

•  DuBois, W.E.B. Columns on race during his tenure as editor of The Crisis. 1910-1934 and "Souls of Black Folk." Collected articles. 1903

•  Friedan, Betty. "The Feminine Mystique." Book. 1963

•  Greene, Melissa Fay. "Praying for Sheetrock." Book. 1991

•  Hampton, Henry. "Eyes on the Prize." Documentary. 1987

•  Lemann, Nicholas. "The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America." Book. 1991

•  Poston, Ted. Coverage of the "Little Scottsboro" trial. In the New York Post. 1949

•  Schell, Jonathan. "The Fate of the Earth." Book. 1982

•  Swope, Herbert Bayard. "Klan Exposed." In the New York World. 1921

The Environment

• Carson, Rachel. "Silent Spring." Book. 1962

•  Gelbspan, Ross. "The Heat Is On." 1995

•  Quammen, David. "Song of the Do Do." 1996

•  Stauber, John and Rampton, Sheldon. "Toxic Sludge is Good for You." 1995

•  "Trust us, We're Experts! How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles

with Your Future." Book. 2002 

Excellent Reporting

•  Bowden, Mark. “Blackhawk Down.”  Book. 1999  
•  Agee, James and Evans, Walker. "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men." Book. 1941
•  Baker, Russell. "Francs and Beans." In the New York Times. 1975
•  Berger, Meyer. Report on the murderer Howard Unruh. In the New York Times. 1949
•  Capote, Truman. "In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences." Book. 1965;  “Music For Chameleons.” Book. 1980
• Clarke, Gerald. “Capote, A Biography.” Book. 1988
•  Didion, Joan. “A Year Of Magical Thinking.” Book. 2006;  “After Henry.” Book. 1992; “ El Salvador.” Book. 1982; "Slouching Towards Bethlehem." Collected articles. Book. 1968
•  Ehrenreich, Barbara.  “Bait and Switch.”  Book. 2005; "Nickel and Dimed." Book. 2001
•  Hecht, Ben. "1001 Afternoons in Chicago." Collected articles. 1922
•  Hemingway, Ernest. “Dateline: Toronto.” Book. 1983
•  Kidder, Tracy. "Among Schoolchildren." Book. 1989; "Home Town." Book. 1999; "House." Book. 1985; “Mountains Beyond Mountains.”  Book. 2003; “The Soul of a New Machine.”  Book. 1981
• Langewiesche, William. “American Ground: Unbuilding The World Trade Center.” Book. 2002; “The Outlaw Sea: A World Of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime.” Book. 2004; “Sahara Unveiled: A Journey Across the Desert.” Book 1996
•  Lippmann, Walter. Early essays for the New Republic. 1914
•  Lukas, J. Anthony. "Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families." Book. 1985; "The Two Worlds of Linda Fitzpatrick." In the New York Times. 1967
•  McPhee, John. "The John McPhee Reader." Collected articles. 1976; “A Sense of Where You Are.” Book. 1999; “Basin and Range.” Book. 1981; “Coming into the Country.” Book. 1976;  “Levels of the Game.” Book. 1969; “The Curve of Binding Energy.” Book. 1973;  “The Second John McPhee Reader.” Book. 1996
•  Mencken, H.L. Coverage of the Scopes "monkey" trial. In the Baltimore Sun. 1925
•  Mills, Eleanor and Cochrane, Kira. “Journalists: 100 Years of the Best Writing and Reporting by Women Journalists.” Book. 2005
•  Mitchell, Joseph. "Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories." Collection of much older articles. 1992 and "McSorley's Wonderful Saloon." Collected articles. 1943
•  Murrow, Edward R., Lowe, David and Friendly, Fred. CBS Reports television documentary "Harvest of Shame." 1960
•  Preston, Richard. "The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story." Book. 1995; “The Demon in the Freezer.” Book. 2002
•  Rhodes, Richard. “The Making Of The Atomic Bomb.” Book. 1986
•  Ross, Lillian. "Reporting." Collected articles. 1964
•  Runyon, Damon. Crime reporting in the New York American. 1926
•  Snyder, Louis L. and Morris, Richard B. "A Treasury of Great Reporting." Book. 1962
•  Stone, I.F. I.F. Stone's Weekly. 1953-67
• Talese, Gay. "Honor Thy Father." Book. 1971; "Thy Neighbor's Wife." Book. 1981; "Unto the Sons." Book. 1992
•  Wiseman, Frederick. "Titicut Follies." Documentary. 1967
•  Wolfe, Tom. "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." Book. 1968; "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby." Collected articles. 1965; "The Right Stuff." Book. 1979 

More Nonfiction

•  Baldwin, James. "The Fire Next Time." Book. 1963 and "Letter from the South: Nobody Knows My Name." In the Partisan Review. 1959

• Boynton, Robert S. “The New New Journalism: Conversations With America’s Best Nonfiction Writers On Their Craft.” Book. 2005

•  Conover, Ted. “Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of American Illegal Aliens.” Book. 1987; “Newjack:  Guarding Sing Sing.” Book. 2000;  “Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails With America's Hoboes.” Book. 1984; "The Routes of Man:  How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today."  Book.  2010
•  Davis, Mike. "City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles." Book. 1990
•  Flanner, Janet (Genet). "Paris Journals" chronicling of Paris's emergence from the Occupation. In The New Yorker. 1944-45
•  Goldberg, Bernard. "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News." Regency Publishing. 2001
•  Junger, Sebastian. “A Death In Belmont.” Book. 2006.  “Fire.” Book. 2001;  “The Perfect Storm.” Book. 1997
•  Kempton, Murray. "America Comes of Middle Age: Columns 1950-1962."Collected articles. 1963;  "Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties." Book. 1955
• Krakauer, John. “Under The Banner Of Heaven: A Story Of Violent Faith.” Book. 2003
•  Kramer, Jane. "Europeans." Collected articles. 1988
•  Lewis, Michael. "Boomerang:  Travels in the New Third World." Book. 2011; "Flash Boys:  A Wall Street Revolt." Book.  2014; "Liar's Poker:  Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street." Book.  1989; “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.” Book. 2003; "The Big Short:  Inside the Doomsday Machine." Book. 2010; "The Blind Side:  Evolution of a Game." Book 2003
•  Liebling, A. J. "The Wayward Pressman." Collected articles. 1947; "The Earl of Louisiana." Book. 1961; "The Road Back to Paris." Collected articles. 1944;
•  Mailer, Norman. "The Executioner's Song." Book. 1979
•  McCourt, Frank. "Angela's Ashes." Book. 1996
•  Nader, Ralph. "Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile." Book. 1965
•  Orlean, Susan. “The Orchid Thief.” Book 1998
•  Pegler, Westbrook. "The Dissenting Opinions of Mister Westbrook Pegler." Book. 1938
•  Schlosser, Eric. "Fast Food Nation." Book. 2001
•  Sheean, Vincent. "Personal History." Book. 1935
•  Shenk, David. "Data Smog."
•  Shilts, Randy. Reports on AIDS for the San Francisco Chronicle. 1981-85
•  Steinbeck, John. Reports on Okie migrant camp life for the San Francisco News. 1936
• Thompson, Hunter. “Hells Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga.” Book. 1966;  “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Book. 1971
• Weingarten, Marc. “The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight.” Book. 2006
•  White, William Allen. "To an Anxious Friend." In the Emporia (Kansas) Gazette. 1922. http://www.ukans.edu/~jschool/school/wawhite.shtml

Writing
•  King, Stephen. "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft." Book. 2000
•  Strunk, William and White, E. B. "The Elements of Style." Book. 1999
•  Zinsser, William K. "On Writing Well." Book. 2001; "Writing to Learn: How to Write and Think Clearly about Any Subject at All." Book. 1989;  "Speaking of Journalism: Twelve Writers & Editors Talk About Their Work." Book. 1995
Sports
•  Angell, Roger. "Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion." Book. 1978
•  Bentley, E.C. "The Best of Damon Runyon." Book. 1945
•  Blount, Roy, Jr. and Pierce, Charles. "Sports Guy: In Search of Corkball, Warroad Hockey, Hooters Golf, Tiger Woods, and the Big, Big Game." Book. 2001 and "About Three Bricks Shy of a Load: A Highly Irregular Lowdown on the Year the Pittsburgh Steelers Were Super But Missed the Bowl." Book. 1980
•  Boswell, Tom. "How Life Imitates the World Series." Book. 1983 and "Why Life Begins on Opening Day." Book. "The Heart of the Order." Book. 1990
•  Bouton, Jim. "Ball Four: My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues." Book. 1970.
•  Breslin, Jimmy. "Can't Anybody Here Play This Game." Book. 1963
•  Cannon, Jimmy. "Nobody Asked Me But...: The World of Jimmy Cannon." Book. 1983
•  Considine, Bob. "The Babe Ruth Story." Book. 1992
•  Creamer, Richard Ben. "Joe DiMaggi The Hero's Life."
•  Deford, Frank. "The Best of Frank DeFord: I'm Just Getting Started." Book. 2001;  “Everybody’s All-American.” Book. 2004 (re-issued)
•  Halberstam, David. "Summer of '49." Book. 1989; "Playing for Keeps:  Michael Jordan and the World He Made." Book.  1999; "The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for anOlympic Gold Medal." Book. 1996;  "The Teammates." Book. 2003
•  Hillenbrand, Laura. “Seabiscuit.” Book. 2001
•  Jenkins, Dan. "Fairways and Greens: The best golf writing of Dan Jenkins."; Book. 1995 and "I'll Tell You One Thing: The Untold Truth about Texas, America and College Football, with Pictures to Prove It." Book. 1999
•  Kahn, Roger. "The Boys of Summer." Book. 1972
•  Krakauer, Jon. “Into Thin Air.” Book. 1997;  “Under the Banner of Heaven.” Book. 2003
•  Lardner, Ring. "The Portable Ring Lardner" ( Edited and with an introduction by Gilbert Seldes. Viking. 1946 ) and "The Ring Lardner Reader" (Edited by Maxwell Geismar. Scribner's. 1963) are representative collections. "Shut Up, He Explained: A Ring Lardner Selection" was edited by Babette Rosmond and Henry Morgan. Scribner's, 1962; "Some Champions: Sketches and Fiction." by Ring Lardner was published by Scribner's in 1976. See also "The Annotated Baseball Stories of Ring W. Lardner." 1914-1919 Edited by George W. Hilton.
•  Murray, Jim. "The Best of Jim Murray." Book. 1965
•  Pegler, Westbrook. "The Dissenting Opinions of Mister Westbrook Pegler." Book. 1938
•  Remnick, David. "King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero." Book. 1998
•  Rice, Grantland. "Notre Dame's 'Four Horsemen'." In the New York Herald-Tribune. 1924
•  Roy, Travis and Swife, E.M. "Eleven Seconds: A story of tragedy, courage, & triumph." Book. 1997
•  Schaap, Dick. "Instant Replay." Book. 1986
•  Smith, Red. "The Red Smith Reader." Book. 1983
•  Swife, E.M. and Gordeeva, Ekaterina. "My Sergei." Book. 1997; Baseball Stories" of Ring Lardner is edited by Matthew Bruccoli and published by Scribner's. 1992
Hollywood/Entertainment

•  Kael, Pauline. "Trash, Art, and the Movies." In Harper's. 1969

•  Marcus, Greil. "Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music." Book. 1975

•  Ross, Lillian. "Picture." Book. 1952

•  Talese, Gay. "Fame and Obscurity: Portraits by Gay Talese." Collected articles. 1970