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Must-Read Books by Journalists

From the prison system to global warming, these journalists have tackled subjects to uncover the truth. Celebrate their work and discover true-life stories about our politics and culture.

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    Charged

    by Emily Bazelon

    Emily Bazelonm, renowned journalist and legal commentator, exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America’s mass incarceration crisis—and charts a way out.
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    Charged Book Cover Picture

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    Bad Blood

    by John Carreyrou

    Uncover the full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.
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    Bad Blood Book Cover Picture

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    American Prison

    by Shane Bauer

    A ground-breaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America: in one Louisiana prison and over the course of our country’s history.
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    She Said

    by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement.
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    The Fate of Food

    by Amanda Little

    In this fascinating look at the race to secure the global food supply, environmental journalist and professor Amanda Little tells the defining story of the sustainable food revolution as she weaves together stories from the world’s most creative and controversial innovators on the front lines of food science, agriculture, and climate change.
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    The Fate of Food Book Cover Picture

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    The Uninhabitable Earth Book Cover Picture
    The Uninhabitable Earth Book Cover Picture

    The Uninhabitable Earth

    by David Wallace-Wells

    In his travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await—food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe.
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    The Uninhabitable Earth Book Cover Picture

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    Say Nothing

    by Patrick Radden Keefe

    From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions.
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    Say Nothing Book Cover Picture

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    The Soul of America

    by Jon Meacham

    Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.
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    The Soul of America Book Cover Picture

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    Our Towns

    by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows

    For five years, James and Deborah Fallows have travelled across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, the America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems—from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge—but it is also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics.
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    The Truth Matters

    by Bruce Bartlett

    Written by Capitol Hill veteran and author Bruce Bartlett, The Truth Matters presents actionable tips and tricks for reading critically, judging sources, using fact-checking sites, avoiding confirmation bias, identifying trustworthy experts, and more.
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    The Truth Matters Book Cover Picture

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    The Journalist and the Murderer

    by Janet Malcolm

    Using a strange and unprecedented lawsuit as Janet Malcolm’s larger-than-life example — the lawsuit of Jeffrey MacDonald, a convicted murderer, against Joe McGinniss, the author of Fatal Vision, a book about the crime — she delves into the always uneasy, sometimes tragic relationship that exists between journalist and subject.
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    The Light of Truth

    by Ida B. Wells

    This volume covers the entire scope of Wells’s remarkable career, collecting her early writings, articles exposing the horrors of lynching, essays from her travels abroad, and her later journalism. The Light of Truth is both an invaluable resource for study and a testament to Wells’s long career as a civil rights activist.
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    Evicted

    by Matthew Desmond

    In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads.
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    The Buried

    by Peter Hessler

    From the acclaimed author of River Town and Oracle Bones, an intimate excavation of life in one of the world’s oldest civilizations at a time of convulsive change.
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    God Save Texas

    by Lawrence Wright

    Written by Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for The New Yorker, God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America.
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    God Save Texas Book Cover Picture

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    Palaces for the People

    by Eric Klinenberg

    In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed.
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    Palaces for the People Book Cover Picture

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    Marriageology

    by Belinda Luscombe

    Belinda Luscombe is an award-winning Time magazine journalist and essayist. Discover her smart and concise guide to staying together that draws on scientific findings, expert advice, and years in the marital trenches to explain why marriage is better for your health, your finances, your kids, and your happiness.
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    The Future Is History

    by Masha Gessen

    The essential journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.
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    The Future Is History Book Cover Picture

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    The Second Mountain

    by David Brooks

    David Brooks is one of the nation’s leading writers and commentators. In The Second Mountain, he explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community.
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    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    by Kim Barker

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    Dark Money

    by Jane Mayer

    From the bestselling author of The Dark Side comes an electrifying work of investigative journalism that uncovers the agenda of this powerful group.
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    Personal History

    by Katharine Graham

    The captivating, inside story of the woman who helmed the Washington Post during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of American media.
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    Somebody Told Me

    by Rick Bragg

    In Somebody Told Me, he offers the best of his work as a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist writing the remarkable stories of others.
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    Somebody Told Me Book Cover Picture

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    Under Pressure

    by Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

    An urgently needed guide to the alarming increase in anxiety and stress experienced by girls from elementary school through college, from the author of Untangled.
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