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Top 100 Works of Journalism in the United States in the 20th Century

( NYU Journalism Department )



Earl of Louisiana
by A. J. Liebling

9780807133439A. J. Liebling; T. Harry Williams (Foreword by); Jonathan Yardley (Introduction by)The Earl of LouisianaIn the summer of 1959, A. J. Liebling, veteran writer for the New Yorker, came to Louisiana to cover a series of bizarre events that began with Governor Earl K. Long's commitment to a mental institution. Captivated by his subject, Liebling remained to write the fascinating yet tragic story of Uncle Earl's final year in politics. First published in 1961, The Earl of Louisiana recreates a stormy era in Louisiana politics and captures the style and personality of one of the most colorful and paradoxical figures in the state's history. This updated edition of the book includes a foreword by T. Harry Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Huey Long: A Biography, and a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Yardley that discusses Liebling's career and his most famous book from a twenty-first-century perspective. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
F376.L6 L5 2008
Publication Date:
1961

Rank:
77




Nobody Knows My Name
by Baldwin, James

"Letters from the South" is on the award winning list; included in book Nobody Knows my Name, James Baldwin.
Call Number:
E185.61 .B197 1993
Publication Date:
1993

Rank:
40




Feminine Mystique
by Betty Friedan

9780393063790Henry B. Kane; Gail Collins (Foreword by); Betty Friedan; Anna Quindlen (Foreword by)The Feminine Mystique Betty Friedan 50 YearsLandmark, groundbreaking, classic--these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique. Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of "the problem that has no name": the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women's confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives. Part social chronicle, part manifesto, The Feminine Mystique is filled with fascinating anecdotes and interviews as well as insights that continue to inspire. This 50th-anniversary edition features an afterword by best-selling author Anna Quindlen as well as a new introduction by Gail Collins. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HQ1426 .F844 2013B
Publication Date:
1963

Rank:
37




Rank:
75




Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire
by David Remnick

9780679751250David RemnickLenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet EmpireWinner of the Pulitzer Prize One of the Best Books of the Year: The New York Times  From the editor of The New Yorker : a riveting account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which has become the standard book on the subject. Lenin's Tomb combines the global vision of the best historical scholarship with the immediacy of eyewitness journalism. Remnick takes us through the tumultuous 75-year period of Communist rule leading up to the collapse and gives us the voices of those who lived through it, from democratic activists to Party members, from anti-Semites to Holocaust survivors, from Gorbachev to Yeltsin to Sakharov. An extraordinary history of an empire undone, Lenin's Tomb stands as essential reading for our times.    - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
DK288 .R46
Publication Date:
1993

Rank:
57




Angela's Ashes
by Frank McCourt

9780684874357Frank McCourtAngela's Ashes: A MemoirAngela's Ashes , imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic. "When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy -- exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling-- does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father's tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors--yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E184.I6 M117
Publication Date:
1996

Rank:
95




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Rank:
20




Eyes on the Prize
by Henry Hampton

See especially DVD of same name.
Call Number:
DVD E185.615 .E94 2010
Publication Date:
1987

Rank:
17




Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail
by Hunter S. Thompson

9781451691573Hunter S. ThompsonFear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72From the legendary journalist and creator of "Gonzo" journalism Hunter S. Thompson comes the bestselling critical look at Nixon and McGovern's 1972 presidential election. Forty years after its original publication, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 remains a cornerstone of American political journalism and one of the bestselling campaign books of all time. Hunter S. Thompson's searing account of the battle for the 1972 presidency--from the Democratic primaries to the eventual showdown between George McGovern and Richard Nixon--is infused with the characteristic wit, intensity, and emotional engagement that made Thompson "the flamboyant apostle and avatar of gonzo journalism" ( The New York Times ). Hilarious, terrifying, insightful, and compulsively readable, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 is an epic political adventure that captures the feel of the American democratic process better than any other book ever written. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E859 .T52
Publication Date:
1973

Rank:
100




History of the Standard Oil Company
by Ida Tarbell

9781605207612Ida M. Tarbell; Danny SchechterThe History of the Standard Oil Company"In this era of financial crisis compounded, and even perhaps enabled, by a dearth of investigative reporting, it is valuable to go back in time to learn from the work of great journalists with the courage to have taken on avaricious corporations and irresponsible business practices. "Perhaps no book demands our attention and respect as much as the one now in your hands. The unabridged edition, long out of print, of Ida Tarbell's study/expose of the history of the Standard Oil Company is an American classic, a model of careful research, detailed analysis, clear expository writing, and social mission. It has been hailed as one of the top ten of journalism's greatest hits." In Volume I, Tarbell explores: the birth of the oil industry the rise of the Standard Oil Company the "oil war" of 1872 the beginnings of the oil trust the first interstate commerce bill and more. IDA MINERVA TARBELL (1857-1944) is remembered today as a muckraking journalist, thanks to this 1904 blockbuster expose. Originally published as a series of articles in McClure's magazine, this groundbreaking work highlighted the dangers of business monopolies and contributed to the eventual breakup of Standard Oil. As modern-day muckraker Danny Schechter writes in his new introduction, exclusive to this Cosimo Classics edition. He is editor of Mediachannel.org and author of numerous books on the media, including Plunder: Investigating Our Economic Calamity and the Subprime Scandal (Cosimo)." - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HD9569.S8 T37
Publication Date:
1904

Rank:
5




Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
by J. Anthony Lukas

9780394746166J. Anthony LukasCommon Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American FamiliesWinner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and the American Book Award, the bestselling Common Ground is much more than the story of the busing crisis in Boston as told through the experiences of three families. As Studs Terkel remarked, it's "gripping, indelible...a truth about all large American cities." "An epic of American city life...a story of such hypnotic specificity that we re-experience all the shades of hope and anger, pity and fear that living anywhere in late 20th-century America has inevitably provoked." --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
F73.9 .A1 L85
Publication Date:
1985

Rank:
28




Let us now praise famous men
by James Agee

9781931082815James Agee; Michael Sragow (Editor)Agee: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; a Death in the Family; Shorter FictionA passionate literary innovator, eloquent in language and uncompromising in his social observation and his pursuit of emotional truth, James Agee (1909-1955) excelled as novelist, critic, journalist, and screenwriter. In his brief, often turbulent life, he left enduring evidence of his unwavering intensity, observant eye, and sometimes savage wit. This Library of America volume collects his fiction along with his extraordinary experiment in what might be called prophetic journalism, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), a collaboration with photographer Walker Evans that began as an assignment from Fortune magazine to report on the lives of Alabama sharecroppers, and that expanded into a vast and unique mix of reporting, poetic meditation, and anguished self-revelation that Agee described as "an effort in human actuality." A sixty-four-page photo insert reproduces Evans's now-iconic photographs from the expanded 1960 edition. A Death in the Family , the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that he worked on for over a decade and that was published posthumously in 1957, recreates in stunningly evocative prose Agee's childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the upheaval his family experienced after his father's death in a car accident when Agee was six years old. A whole world, with its sensory vividness and social constraints, comes to life in this child's-eye view of a few catastrophic days. It is presented here for the first time in a text with corrections based on Agee's manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. This volume also includes The Morning Watch (1951), an autobiographical novella that reflects Agee's deep involvement with religious questions, and three short stories: "Death in the Desert," "They That Sow in Sorrow Shall Not Reap," and the remarkable allegory "A Mother's Tale." - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3501.G35 A6
Publication Date:
1941

Rank:
14




Fire Next Time, The
by James Baldwin

9780679744726James BaldwinThe Fire Next TimeA national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E185.61 .B1954
Publication Date:
1963

Rank:
35




Slouching Towards Bethlehem
by Joan Didion

Link to record for more information.

Call Number:
PS3554.I33 S55 1981
Publication Date:
1968

Rank:
23




The Selling of the President 1968
by Joe McGinniss

9780140112405Joe McGinnissThe Selling of the PresidentWhat makes you cast your ballot? A Presidential candidate or a good campaign? How he stands on the issues or how he stands up to the camera? The Selling of the President is the enduring story of the 1968 campaign that wrote the script for modern Presidential politicking--and how that script came to be. It introduces: Harry Treleaven, the first adman to suggest that issues bore voters, that image is what counts Roger Ailes, a PR man who coordinated the TV presentations that delivered the product Frank Shakespeare, the man behind the whole campaign, who, after eighteen years at CBS, cast the image that sold America a President And the candidate, Richard Nixon himself--a politician running on television for the highest office in the land In his introduction, Joe McGinniss discusses why--unfortunately--his classic book is as pertinent today to understanding our political culture as it was the year it was published. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E851 .M3
Publication Date:
1969

Rank:
99




Hiroshima
by John Hersey

9780394548449John R. HerseyHiroshimaHiroshima is the story of six human beings who lived through the greatest single manmade disaster in history. With what Bruce Bliven called "the simplicity of genius," John Hersey tells what these six -- a clerk, a widowed seamstress, a physician, a Methodist minister, a young surgeon, and a German Catholic priest -- were doing at 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atomic bomb ever dropped on a city. Then he follows the course of their lives hour by hour, day by day. The New Yorker of August 31, 1946, devoted all its space to this story. The immediate repercussions were vast: newspapers here and abroad reprinted it; during evening half-hours it was read over the network of the American Broadcasting Company; leading editorials were devoted to it in uncounted newspapers. Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told. His account of what he discovered about them -- the variety of ways in which they responded to the past and went on with their lives -- is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima. "At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in the plant office and was turning her head to speak to the girl at the next desk. At that same moment, Dr. Masakazu Fujii was settling down crosslegged to read the Osaka Asahi on the porch of his private hospital, overhanging one of the seven deltaic rivers which divide Hiroshima; Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, a tailor's widow, stood by the window of her kitchen, watching a neighbor tearing down his house because it lay in the path of an air-raid-defense fire lane; Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, a German priest of the Society of Jesus, reclined in his underwear on a cot on the top floor of his order's three-story mission house, reading a Jesuit magazine, Stimmen der Zeit; Dr. Terufumi Sasaki, a young member of the surgical staff of the city's large, modern Red Cross Hospital, walked along one of the hospital corridors with a blood specimen for a Wassermann test in his hand; and the Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto, pastor of the Hiroshima Methodist Church, paused at the door of a rich man's house in Koi, the city's western suburb, and prepared to unload a handcart full of things he had evacuated from town..." - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
D767.25.H6 H4
Publication Date:
1946

Rank:
1




Ten Days That Shook the World
by John Reed

9780140182934John Reed; A. J. P. Taylor (Introduction by); Vladimir I. Lenin (Introduction by)Ten Days That Shook the WorldJohn Reed conveys, with the immediacy of cinema, the impression of a whole nation in ferment and disintegration. A contemporary journalist writing in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm, he gives us a record of the events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Lenin and the Bolsheviks finally siezed power. Containing verbatim reports both of speeches by leaders and the chance comments of bystanders set against an idealized backcloth of the proletariat soldiers, sailors, and peasants uniting to throw off oppression, Reed's account is the product of passionate involvement. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
DK265 .R38 / eBook
Publication Date:
1919

Rank:
7




Fate of the Earth
by Jonathan Schell

9780804737029Jonathan SchellThe Fate of the Earth and the AbolitionNow combined in one volume, these two books helped focus national attention in the early 1980s on the movement for a nuclear freeze. The Fate of the Earth painted a chilling picture of the planet in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, while The Abolition offered a proposal for full-scale nuclear disarmament. With the recent tensions in India and Pakistan, and concerns about nuclear proliferation around the globe, public attention is once again focused on the worldwide nuclear situation. The author is at the forefront of the discussion. In February 1998, his lengthy essay constituted the centerpiece of a special, widely distributed issue of The Nation dealing with the nuclear arms race. The relevance of his two books for today's debates is undeniable, as many experts assert that the nuclear situation is more dangerous than ever. Reviews of The Fate of the Earth "This is a work of enormous force. There are moments when it seems to hurtle almost out of control, across an extraordinary range of fact and thought. But in the end, it accomplishes what no other work has managed to do in the years of the nuclear age. It compels us--and compel is the right word--to confront head on the nuclear peril." -- New York Times Book Review "There have been thousands of commentaries on what this new destructive power of man means; but my guess is that Schell's book . . . will become the classic statement of the emerging consciousness." --Max Lerner, New Republic Reviews of The Abolition "As always, Schell is interesting and ingenious, eloquent and sometimes moving. He presents his case with clarity, and with candor about its possible shortcomings." -- New Republic "A reasoned argument. . . . As this work will do much to stimulate the ongoing nuclear debate, it is highly recommended." -- Library Journal - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
U263 .S34 2000
Publication Date:
1982

Rank:
59




Reporting
by Lillian Ross

Link to record for more information.

Call Number:
PS3568.O726 R4
Publication Date:
1964

Rank:
66




Praying for Sheetrock
by Melissa Fay Greene

9780306815171Melissa Fay GreenePraying for Sheetrock: A Work of NonfictionFinalist for the 1991 National Book Award and a New York Times Notable book, Praying for Sheetrock is the story of McIntosh County, a small, isolated, and lovely place on the flowery coast of Georgia- and a county where, in the 1970s, the white sheriff still wielded all the power, controlling everything and everybody. Somehow the sweeping changes of the civil rights movement managed to bypass McIntosh entirely. It took one uneducated, unemployed black man, Thurnell Alston, to challenge the sheriff and his courthouse gang- and to change the way of life in this community forever. "An inspiring and absorbing account of the struggle for human dignity and racial equality" (Coretta Scott King) - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HN79 .G42 M354 2006
Publication Date:
1991

Rank:
79




Rank:
25




City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
by Mike Davis

9781844675685Mike Davis; Robert Morrow (Photographer)City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los AngelesNo metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, "Los Angeles brings it all together." To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where "you can rot without feeling it." To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide- ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is both utopia and dystopia, a place where the last Joshua trees are being plowed under to make room for model communities in the desert, where the rich have hired their own police to fend off street gangs, as well as armed Beirut militias.  In  City of Quartz , Davis reconstructs LA's shadow history and dissects its ethereal economy. He tells us who has the power and how they hold on to it. He gives us a city of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation straight out of Nathaniel Westa city in which we may glimpse our own future mirrored with terrifying clarity. In this new edition, Davis provides a dazzling update on the city's current status. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
HN80 .L7 D38 2006
Publication Date:
1990

Rank:
78




Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties
by Murray Kempton

9781590170878Murray Kempton; David Remnick (Introduction by)Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the ThirtiesThrough brilliant portraits of real persons who created the myths and realities of the 1930s, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Murray Kempton brings that turbulent decade to life. Himself a child of the time, Kempton examines with the insight and imagination of a novelist the men and women who embraced, grappled with, and in many cases were destroyed by the myth of revolution. What he calls the "ruins and monuments of the Thirties" include Paul Robeson, Alger Hiss, and Whittaker Chambers, the Hollywood Ten, the rebel women Elizabeth Bentley and Mary Heaton Vorse, and the labor leaders Walter Reuther and Joe Curran. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E743.5 .K4
Publication Date:
1955, 2004

Rank:
50




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46




Rank:
13




Rank:
67




Armies of the Night
by Norman Mailer

9780452272798Norman MailerThe Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as HistoryWinner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award   "Only a born novelist could have written a piece of history so intelligent, mischievous, penetrating and alive."-- Alfred Kazin, The New York Times Book Review   The time is October 21, 1967. The place is Washington, D.C. Depending on the paper you read, 20,000 to 200,000 protestors are marching to end the war in Vietnam, while helicopters hover overhead and federal marshals and soldiers with fixed bayonets await them on the Pentagon steps. Among the marchers is a writer named Norman Mailer. From his own singular participation in the day's events and his even more extraordinary perceptions comes a classic work that shatters the mold of traditional reportage. Intellectuals and hippies, clergymen and cops, poets and army MPs crowd the pages of a book in which facts are fused with techniques of fiction to create the nerve-end reality of experiential truth.   Fifty years after the March on the Pentagon, Norman Mailer's seminal tour de force remains as urgent and incisive as ever. Winner of America's two highest literary awards, The Armies of the Night uniquely and unforgettably captures the Sixties' tidal wave of love and rage at its crest and a towering genius at his peak.   "His genuine wit and bellicose charm, and his fervent and intense sense of legitimately caring, render The Armies of the Night an artful document, worthy to be judged as literature."-- Time - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3525.A4152 A8
Publication Date:
1968

Rank:
19




Executioner's Song
by Norman Mailer

9780446584388Norman Mailer; Dave Eggers (Foreword by)The Executioner's SongNorman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand-new edition. Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous. Mailer tells not only Gilmore's story, but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad. All with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement-impossible to put down, impossible to forget. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3525.A4152 E895
Publication Date:
1979

Rank:
72




Silent Spring
by Rachel Carson

9780618253050046442253055Rachel CarsonSilent SpringFirst published by Houghton Mifflin in 1962, Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. "Silent Spring became a runaway bestseller, with international reverberations . . . [It is] well crafted, fearless and succinct . . . Even if she had not inspired a generation of activists, Carson would prevail as one of the greatest nature writers in American letters" (Peter Matthiessen, for Time's 100 Most Influential People of the Century). This edition celebrates Rachel Carson's watershed book with a new introduction by the author and activist Terry Tempest Williams and a new afterword by the acclaimed Rachel Carson biographer Linda Lear, who tells the story of Carson's courageous defense of her truths in the face of ruthless assault from the chemical industry in the year following the publication of Silent Spring and before her untimely death in 1964. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
QH545.P4 C38
Publication Date:
1962

Rank:
2




Rank:
38




What It Takes: The Way to the White House
by Richard Ben Cramer

9780679746492Richard Ben CramerWhat It Takes: The Way to the White HouseAn American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race -- and scours the psyches of contenders from George Bush and Robert Dole to Michael Dukakis and Gary Hart -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer comes up with the answers, in a book that is vast, exhaustively researched, exhilarating, and sometimes appalling in its revelations. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E880 .C734
Publication Date:
1992

Rank:
58




Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63
by Taylor Branch

9780671687427Taylor BranchParting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963In volume one of his America in the King Years, Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch gives a masterly account of the American civil rights movement. Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations. Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the corridors of Camelot where the Kennedy brothers weighed demands for justice against the deceptions of J. Edgar Hoover, here is a vivid tapestry of America, torn and finally transformed by a revolutionary struggle unequaled since the Civil War. Taylor Branch provides an unsurpassed portrait of King's rise to greatness and illuminates the stunning courage and private conflict, the deals, maneuvers, betrayals, and rivalries that determined history behind closed doors, at boycotts and sit-ins, on bloody freedom rides, and through siege and murder. Epic in scope and impact, Branch's chronicle definitively captures one of the nation's most crucial passages. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E185.61 .B7914
Publication Date:
1988

Rank:
52




Making of the President: 1960
by Theodore White

9780061900600Theodore H. WhiteThe Making of the President 1960A Harper Perennial Political Classic, The Making of the President 1960 is the groundbreaking national bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the 1960 presidential campaign and the election of John F. Kennedy. The Making of the President: 1960 revolutionized the way modern presidential campaigns are reported. Reporting from within the campaign for the first time on record, White's extensive research and access to all parties involved set the bar for campaign coverage and remains unparalleled. White conveyed, in magnificent detail and with exquisite pacing, the high-stakes drama; he painted the unforgettable, even mythic, story of JFK versus Nixon; and most of all, he imbued the nation's presidential election process with a grandeur that later political writers have rarely matched. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E840 .W5 C2
Publication Date:
1961

Rank:
26




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18




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22




Souls of Black Folk
by W. E. B. Du Bois

9780375509117W. E. B. Du Bois; David Levering Lewis (Introduction by)The Souls of Black FolkSelected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time When first published in 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk struck like a thunderclap, quickly establishing itself as a work that wholly redefined the history of the black experience in America, introducing the now famous "problem of the color line." In decades since, its stature has only grown, and today it ranks as one of the most influential and resonant works in the history of American thought. This centennial edition contains a landmark Introduction by historian David Levering Lewis that brilliantly demonstrates how The Souls of Black Folk remains indispensable not only to an understanding of the history of race and democracy in America but to considerations of the future of racial and cultural comity in the twenty-first century. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
E185.5 .D817 / eBook
Publication Date:
1903

Rank:
15




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From the New York University journalism department and created at the end of the century, this list is an echo of the key historical events across the chronology of the 20th century. History students and faculty can use this list to gain period insight into the breaking news stories of the day. Journalism students can learn about the history of their field, discover influential journalists, and gain knowledge of writing and reporting styles. According to an article in the New York Times, the NYU list is compiled by 36 judges and focuses on craftsmanship more than events. For further study, check out the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University list of 100 Outstanding Journalists in the United States in the Past 100 Years.

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