Books about Journalism

  1. All the President's Men

    by Carl Bernstein
    Investigative journalism that uncovered the Watergate scandal and its aftermath.

    The full account of the Watergate scandal from the two Washington Post reporters who broke the story. This is “the work that brought down a presidency— perhaps the most influential piece of ... (Goodreads)

  2. Dispatches

    by Michael Herr
    A journalist's account of the Vietnam War, depicting the brutality, confusion and chaos of the conflict.

    Written on the front lines in Vietnam, Dispatches became an immediate classic of war reportage when it was published in 1977. From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches ... (Goodreads)

  3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    by Stieg Larsson
    An investigative journalist and a computer hacker uncover the secrets of a long-buried crime.

    Every year for the past 36 years, Henrik Vanger receives an anonymous dried flower in a picture frame on November 1, his birthday. He has all of the frames displayed on a wall in his house. Every ... (Wikipedia)

  4. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 5: Lonely City

    by Warren Ellis
    A science-fiction dark comedy about a journalist navigating a dystopian world.

    SC, TPB, in cello, New, Written by Warren Ellis. Art by Darick Robertson. Published in June of 2001. Softcover, 144 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $14.99. ... (Goodreads)

  5. The Poet

    by Michael Connelly
    A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's descent into darkness, as he unravels a web of deceit and murder.

    Denver crime-beat reporter Jack McEvoy specializes in violent death. So when his homicide detective brother kills himself, McEvoy copes in the only way he knows how–he decides to write the story. But ... (Goodreads)

  6. Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    by Joan Didion
    Collection of essays exploring the cultural landscape of 1960s America.

    The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, decades after its first publication, the essential portrait of ... (Goodreads)

  7. It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

    by Lynsey Addario
    A photojournalist's gripping account of her time spent in war-torn countries, capturing stories of courage and resilience.

    War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. ... (Goodreads)

  8. Proof

    by Dick Francis
    A retired jockey investigates the murder of his friend, uncovering a web of deceit and danger in the world of horse racing.

    Wine merchant Tony Beach has expertly catered his latest society soiree, but the fun's over when a team of hit men crash the party…literally. The event leaves Tony with a bitter aftertaste of ... (Goodreads)

  9. Pereira Declares: A Testimony

    by Antonio Tabucchi
    A journalist's moral awakening amidst a totalitarian regime.

    The novel is set in Portugal in the summer of 1938, during Salazar 's dictatorship. Pereira, an old journalist on a Portuguese newspaper - the Lisboa - who loves literature and practically gives his ... (Wikipedia)

  10. The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

    by Hunter S. Thompson
    A collection of stories from the life of a gonzo journalist, exploring the seedy underbelly of American culture.

    The first volume in Hunter S. Thompson’s bestselling Gonzo Papers offers brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in his signature style. Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the ... (Goodreads)

  11. Hitch 22: A Memoir

    by Christopher Hitchens
    A journey through life, reflecting on the ideas and experiences that have shaped the author's beliefs.

    Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter ... (Goodreads)

  12. Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

    by Robert Kolker
    The true story of the unsolved murders of five young women in Long Island, and the societal issues that contributed to their deaths.

    Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island and presents the first detailed look at the ... (Goodreads)

  13. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

    by Steve Sheinkin
    The story of Daniel Ellsberg, a former government employee who leaked classified documents about the Vietnam War to the press.

    Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, is, New York Times, bestselling author Steve Sheinkin's award-winning nonfiction account of an ordinary man who wielded the ... (Barnes & Noble)

  14. The Imperfectionists

    by Tom Rachman
    A story of interconnected lives, exploring the fragility of human relationships.

    Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language ... (Goodreads)

  15. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

    by Hunter S. Thompson
    A wild journey through the 1972 US presidential election, tackling issues of politics and power.

    Hilarious, terrifying, insightful, and compulsively readable, these are the articles that Hunter S. Thompson wrote for, Rolling Stone, magazine while covering the 1972 election campaign of President ... (Goodreads)

  16. Night Film

    by Marisha Pessl
    A journalist's quest to uncover the truth behind a reclusive film director's dark legacy.

    Ashley Cordova, the daughter of legendary reclusive director Stanislas Cordova, commits suicide. With the belief that Stanislas Cordova was heavily involved in her death, disgraced investigative ... (Wikipedia)

  17. Them: Adventures with Extremists

    by Jon Ronson
    Exploration of extreme political and fringe groups by an inquisitive journalist.

    Ronson chronicles his travels and interviews with "extremists" and attempts to uncover the mystery behind the "tiny elite that rules the world from inside a secret room". The book is written on the ... (Wikipedia)

  18. Thunderstruck

    by Erik Larson
    Fascinating true story of the invention of the wireless and its effect on two men's lives.

    The interwoven stories of two men whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal cases of all time - Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator ... (Goodreads)

  19. The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime that Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    by Paul Collins
    True crime story of the 1897 murder of a young woman, leading to sensationalized media coverage and a battle between rival newspapers.

    “No writer better articulates ourinterest in the confluence of hope, eccentricity, and the timelessness of the bold and strange than Paul Collins.”—DAVE EGGERS, On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck ... (Barnes & Noble)

  20. Numero zero

    by Umberto Eco

    Una redazione raccogliticcia che prepara un quotidiano destinato, più che all’informazione, al ricatto, alla macchina del fango, a bassi servizi per il suo editore. Un redattore paranoico che, ... (Goodreads)

  21. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 8: Dirge

    by Warren Ellis
    A journalist's mission to restore truth and justice in a futuristic, dystopian world.

    Transmetropolitan created by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. ... (Goodreads)

  22. The Ghost

    by Robert Harris
    A thriller story of political intrigue and conspiracy, where a ghostwriter must unravel a web of secrets.

    Most of the action takes place on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts , where Lang has been holed up in the holiday home of his billionaire American publisher to turn out his memoirs on a deadline. ... (Wikipedia)

  23. Tintin in America

    by Hergé
    Tintin travels to America to take down a gangster syndicate and uncovers corruption in the oil industry.

    Join Tintin and Snowy–the world's greatest adventurers--as they solve thrilling mysteries around the world! Tintin come to the U.S.A to clean up the mean streets of Chicago! Though he outsmarts a ... (Goodreads)

  24. Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

    by Jane Mayer
    Exposes the network of ultra-wealthy individuals who have funded the radical right-wing political agenda for the last four decades.

    Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why ... (Goodreads)

  25. Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia, 1992-1995

    by Joe Sacco
    A graphic novel depicting the author's experiences in the Bosnian War, specifically in the town of Goražde.

    Joe Sacco visits Goražde, a mainly Bosniak enclave in eastern Bosnia surrounded by hostile Serb-dominated regions. Sacco visits the locals and gets a first-hand view of the war's brutal effect on the ... (Wikipedia)

  26. Fear and Loathing: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Hunter S. Thompson

    by Paul Perry
    A biography of the infamous journalist Hunter S. Thompson, detailing his wild and drug-fueled adventures in the 60s and 70s.

    Fear and Loathing creates a sharp and savvy profile of one of the most provocative voices and distinctive personalities of our time. To Hunter S. Thompson, being a Gonzo journalist means doing ... (Goodreads)

  27. Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jann S. Wenner
    A biography of the legendary journalist Hunter S. Thompson, exploring his wild and unconventional life and career.

    Few American lives are stranger, more action-packed, or wilder than that of Hunter S. Thompson. Born a rebel in Louisville, Kentucky, Thompson spent a lifetime channeling his energy and insight into ... (Goodreads)

  28. The Last Juror

    by John Grisham
    A small-town journalist's journey to uncover the truth of a decades-old murder case.

    In 1970, a 23-year-old college dropout named Willie Traynor realizes that his dreams of becoming a Pulitzer -winning journalist will never come true. He moves to Clanton, Mississippi for an ... (Wikipedia)

  29. The Colorado Kid

    by Stephen King
    A mysterious, unsolved crime case explored by two newspaper reporters.

    Opening, in medias res, as the news staff of The Weekly Islander pays for lunch at a restaurant, editor Dave Bowie and founder Vince Teague test young intern Stephanie McCann's powers of deduction ... (Wikipedia)

  30. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3: Year of the Bastard

    by Warren Ellis
    A dystopian journey of a journalist, uncovering the darkness of power and corruption.

    Investigative reporter Spider Jerusalem attacks the injustices of the 23rd Century surroundings while working for the newspaper The Word in this critically-acclaimed graphic novel series written by ... (Goodreads)

  31. News of a Kidnapping

    by Gabriel García Márquez
    A non-fiction account of the kidnappings of ten people by Pablo Escobar's Medellín cartel in Colombia.

    THIS ASTONISHING BOOK by the Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez chronicles the 1990 kidnappings of ten Colombian man and women–all journalists but one--by the Medellín drug boss Pablo Escobar. ... (Goodreads)

  32. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

    by Edward S. Herman
    Critique of mass media and its role in shaping public opinion.

    In this pathbreaking work, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense ... (Goodreads)

  33. Palestine

    by Joe Sacco
    A graphic novel that recounts the experiences of Palestinians living under military occupation.

    The book takes place over a two-month period in late 1991 / early 1992, with occasional flashbacks to the expulsion of the Arabs, the beginning of the Intifada , the Gulf War and other events in the ... (Wikipedia)

  34. True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray

    by James Renner
    A journalist's obsession with the unsolved disappearance of Maura Murray leads him down a dangerous path of investigation and self-discovery.

    When an eleven-year-old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That ... (Goodreads)

  35. Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80's

    by Hunter S. Thompson
    A collection of essays and articles that provide a scathing critique of American culture in the 1980s.

    From the bestselling author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , the legendary Hunter S. Thompson’s second volume of the “Gonzo Papers” is back. G eneration of Swine collects hundreds of columns from ... (Barnes & Noble)

  36. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 6: Gouge Away

    by Warren Ellis
    A dystopian future, where a renegade journalist confronts corruption and deception.

    There's no faster path to paranoia and delusion that the red carpet of celebrity, and in the city no one is more famous than mega-popular attack journalist Spider Jerusalem. Nearly paralyzed by his ... (Barnes & Noble)

  37. The Emperor: Downfall of An Autocrat

    by Ryszard Kapuściński
    A vivid account of the last days of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, exploring the nature of power and its corrupting influence.

    Haile Selassie, King of Kings, Elect of God, Lion of Judah, His Most Puissant Majesty and Distinguished Highness the Emperor of Ethiopia, reigned from 1930 until he was overthrown by the army in ... (Goodreads)

  38. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    by John Heilemann
    A behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 US Presidential Election and the people who ran it.

    “It’s one of the best books on politics of any kind I’ve read. For entertainment value, I put it up there with Catch 22 .” — The Financial Times “It transports you to a parallel universe in which ... (Goodreads)

  39. Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

    by Jake Adelstein
    A memoir of an American journalist's experiences covering crime and corruption in Tokyo, revealing the dark underbelly of Japan's capital city.

    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 ... (Goodreads)

  40. Whiteout

    by Ken Follett
    An international web of intrigue and espionage, as a journalist races against time to uncover the truth.

    Toni Gallo, head of security, knows she has failed when a test rabbit for research on a more dangerous form of the Ebola virus is stolen from a lab in Scotland. But things are soon much worse when ... (Wikipedia)

  41. The Rum Diary

    by Hunter S. Thompson
    A man's journey to find himself and meaningful work, set in a tropical paradise.

    Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto ... (Goodreads)

  42. Dispatches From The Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival

    by Anderson Cooper
    Anderson Cooper's memoir of his experiences reporting on wars, disasters, and human tragedies around the world.

    From one of America’s leading reporters comes a deeply personal, extraordinarily powerful look at the most volatile crises he has witnessed around the world, from New Orleans to Baghdad and beyond. ... (Barnes & Noble)

  43. Deadline

    by Mira Grant
    A medical thriller about a virus outbreak and its impact on the world.

    Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when ... (Goodreads)

  44. Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

    by Katy Tur
    A journalist's firsthand account of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, from the campaign trail to the White House.

    A New York Times Bestseller “Compelling… this book couldn’t be more timely.” – Jill Abramson,, New York Times Book Review, Called "disgraceful," "third-rate," and "not nice" by Donald Trump, NBC News ... (Barnes & Noble)

  45. Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone

    by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    A revealing account of the American occupation of Iraq, focusing on the Green Zone and the mismanagement of the country's reconstruction.

    An unprecedented account of life in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a walled-off enclave of towering plants, posh villas, and sparkling swimming pools that was the headquarters for the American occupation of ... (Goodreads)

  46. A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

    by Paul Fischer
    The true story of a South Korean filmmaker and actress kidnapped by North Korea's Kim Jong-Il to make films for his regime.

    An Amazon Best of The Year Nonfiction Selection Library Journal Top Ten Book of the Year!,The Extraordinary True Story of Kim Jong-Il’s kidnapping of the golden couple of South Korean Cinema, The ... (Barnes & Noble)

  47. The Men Who Stare at Goats

    by Jon Ronson
    An exploration of strange military experiments, exposing the hidden world of military intelligence.

    From the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry and So You've Been Publicly Shamed . In 1979 a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within ... (Goodreads)

  48. Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World

    by Matthew Goodman
    Two pioneering female journalists race around the world in 1889, breaking barriers and challenging societal norms.

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER,On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s, World, newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for ... (Barnes & Noble)

  49. Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    by Jon Ronson
    A journalist's adventures as he investigates some of the world's most bizarre stories.

    Ronson has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the ... (Goodreads)

  50. Why I Write

    by George Orwell
    Reflection on the art and craft of writing, exploring its purpose and power.

    Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable truths about war, Orwell's timeless, uncompromising essays are more relevant, entertaining ... (Goodreads)

  51. Transmetropolitan, Vol. 9: The Cure

    by Warren Ellis
    A journalist's battle against a corrupt and oppressive government, in pursuit of truth.

    The forces of darkness are closing in on outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem and his merry, filthy band ? but now they’ve got their own rope around the neck of corrupt President Callahan, and it’s ... (Goodreads)

  52. Personal History

    by Katharine Graham
    A memoir recounting the life and career of a pioneering female journalist and business leader.

    In lieu of an unrevealing Famous-People-I-Have-Known autobiography, the owner of the Washington Post has chosen to be remarkably candid about the insecurities prompted by remote parents and a ... (Goodreads)

  53. October 1964

    by David Halberstam
    A detailed account of the 1964 US presidential election and the social and political climate of the time.

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * THE BEST SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR October 1964 should be a hit with old-time baseball fans, who'll relish the opportunity to relive that year's to-die-for World Series, ... (Goodreads)

  54. Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941

    by William L. Shirer
    A firsthand account of the rise of Nazi Germany and the events leading up to World War II, as experienced by a foreign correspondent in Berlin.

    By the acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day, eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is now ... (Goodreads)

  55. Scoop

    by Evelyn Waugh
    A humorous and satirical look at journalistic misadventures in Africa.

    Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the "Daily Beast", has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, ... (Goodreads)

  56. DMZ, Vol. 2: Body of a Journalist

    by Brian Wood
    In a future civil war-torn America, journalist Matty Roth navigates the DMZ to report on the conflict and its impact on civilians.

    America's worst nightmare has come true. Having neglected the threat of anti-establishment militias, the U.S. government is in danger of losing control. Middle America has violently risen up, coming ... (Goodreads)

  57. Fact v. Fiction

    by Brian K. Vaughan
    A graphic novel exploring the blurred lines between fact and fiction, and the consequences of manipulating the truth.

    Set in our modern-day real world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing ... (Goodreads)

  58. The New Kings of Nonfiction

    by Ira Glass
    A collection of nonfiction essays by contemporary writers, showcasing the art of storytelling through real-life events and experiences.
  59. Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

    by Hunter S. Thompson
    A memoir of Hunter S. Thompson's life, filled with drugs, guns, and political commentary. A wild ride through the end of the 20th century.

    The book seems to begin as memoir or an autobiography, but rapidly devolves into numerous fragmented accounts of Thompson's exploits which could be termed as a type of, Gonzo, biography . There is a ... (Wikipedia)

  60. The Curse of Lono

    by Hunter S. Thompson
    A gonzo journalist's account of his trip to Hawaii to cover the annual running of the Honolulu Marathon. Chaos and madness ensue.

    Hunter S. Thompson receives a letter from the editor of Running magazine, asking him to cover the 1980 Honolulu Marathon , which the editor says should be "a good chance for a vacation". Hunter asks ... (Wikipedia)

  61. Tintin in the Land of the Soviets

    by Hergé
    Tintin travels to the Soviet Union and uncovers a Bolshevik conspiracy. The first book in the Tintin series.

    In his debut adventure, Tintin is pursued by Bolshevik agents trying to prevent him from exposing the new Soviet regime. Punctuated by slapstick and political revelations, this story is based on the ... (Goodreads)

  62. Settle for More

    by Megyn Kelly
    Autobiography of Megyn Kelly, detailing her rise to fame as a journalist and her experiences with sexual harassment in the workplace.

    Whether it’s asking tough questions during a presidential debate or pressing for answers to today’s most important issues, Megyn Kelly has demonstrated the intelligence, strength, common sense, and ... (Goodreads)

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