Books for a Hard Season, Revisited

A reader-recommended list of books for journalists

Last week, we asked readers to recommend a book to members of the journalistic community. Below, we present an alphabetized list of the recommendations we received, with a link to more information for each book. If you’ve left your shopping until the last minute like we have, you could do worse than to give one or more of these books.

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism – Andrew J. Bacevich

Supermedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save the World – Charlie Beckett

The Wealth of Networks – Yochai Benchler

The Bible

Friday Night Lights – H.G. Bissinger

Our Constitution: The Myth That Binds Us – Eric Black

Alphabet Juice – Roy Blount Jr.

Terror and Consent – Phillip Bobbitt

What Color is Your Parachute? – Richard Nelson Bolles

The Image – Daniel Boorstin

The New New Journalism – ed. Robert Boynton

The Gay Place – Billy Lee Brammer

The Path to Power – Robert A. Caro

Silent Spring – Rachel Carson

The Boys on the Bus – Timothy Crouse

Black and White and Dead All Over – John Darnton

Flat Earth News – Nick Davies

Return to Tsugaru: Travels of a Purple Tramp – Osamu Dazai

Anything by St. Francis de Sales

The New Muckrackers – Leonard Downie

Waiting for an Ordinary Day: The Unraveling of Life in Iraq – Farnaz Fassihi

The Forever War – Dexter Filkins

Economics for Dummies – Sean Masaki Flynn

The Predator State – James K. Galbraith

City Room – Arthur Gelb

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

Personal History – Katharine Graham

Corrupted Science – John Grant

News is a Verb – Pete Hamill

Pulitzer’s Gold – Roy J. Harris, Jr.

Machete Season – Jean Hatzfeld

Economics in One Lesson – Henry Hazlitt

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist: Writings from the Ozarks – Edited by Stephen W. Hines

B-Four – Sam Hodges

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life – Richard Hofstadter

Who You Are when No One’s Looking – Bill Hybels

In Search of Memory – Eric Kandel

The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein

The Elements of Journalism – Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel

Never Shoot a Stampede Queen – Mark Leiren-Young

Startup Guide to Guerilla Marketing – Jay and Jeannie Levinson

The Journalist and the Murderer – Janet Malcolm

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Annals of the Former World – John McPhee

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found – Suketu Mehta

The Vanishing Newspaper – Philip Meyer

On Liberty – John Stuart Mill

The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers – Jane Miller

Joe Gould’s Secret – Joseph Mitchell

The Tender Bar – J.R. Moehringer

Anything by Haruki Murakami

Innumeracy – John Paulos

The Truth – Terry Pratchett

Lush Life – Richard Price

Once Upon a Distant War – William Prochnau

The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx

What Are Journalists For? – Jay Rosen

One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko – Mike Royko

Slats Grobnik and Some Other Friends – Mike Royko

Here Comes Everybody – Clay Shirky

Claim of Privilege: A Mysterious Plane Crash, a Landmark Supreme Court Case and Rise of State Secrets – Barry Siegel

The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications – Paul Starr

The Kingdom and the Power – Gay Talese

Hard Times – Studs Terkel

The Palliser novels – Anthony Trollope

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again – David Foster Wallace

All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren

Taking on the Trust – Steve Weinberg

Legacy of Ashes – Tim Weiner

The Man Who Owns the News
Michael Wolff

The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History – Gordon Wood

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The Editors are the staffers of Columbia Journalism Review.