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Power of the Press

May 3 has been designated as World Press Freedom Day in recognition of a "free, pluralistic and independent press" and its essential part of a democratic society. Indeed, the purpose of journalism, said Chicago newspaper columnist and humorist Peter Finley Dunne in the early 1900s, is to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." Although modern journalists have often been the targets of severe criticism, it is also true that throughout the centuries, and even today, journalism has been a force for making America a better place to live.

Shaking the foundations: 200 years of investigative journalism in America by Edited by Bruce Shapiro

To keep the waters troubled: the life of Ida B. Wells by Linda O. McMurry

Taking on the trust: the epic battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller by Steve Weinberg

Edward R. Murrow and the birth of broadcast journalism by Bob Edwards

"All governments lie": the life and times of rebel journalist I.F. Stone by Myra MacPherson

Inside the Pentagon Papers by edited by John Prados and Margaret Pratt Porter

The pen is mightier: the muckraking life of Charles Edward Russell by Robert Miraldi

City room by Arthur Gelb

A bohemian brigade: the Civil War correspondents, mostly rough, sometimes ready by James M. Perry

Friendlyvision: Fred Friendly and the rise and fall of television journalism by Ralph Engelman

Lincoln Steffens: a biography by Justin Kaplan

Mathew Brady: portraits of a nation by Robert Wilson

Berlin diary: the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941 by William L. Shirer ; with a new foreword by Gordon A. Craig

The other half: the life of Jacob Riis and the world of immigrant America by Tom Buk-Swienty ; translated from the Danish by Annette Buk-Swienty

My paper chase: true stories of vanished times by Harold Evans

A reporter's life by Walter Cronkite

Weller's war: a legendary foreign correspondent's saga of World War II on five continents by George Weller ; edited by Anthony Weller

War torn: stories of war from the women reporters who covered Vietnam by Tad Bartimus ... [et al.] ; introduction by Gloria Emerson

The Murrow boys: pioneers on the front lines of broadcast journalism by Stanley Cloud and Lynne Olson

The most fearful ordeal: original coverage of the Civil War by writers and reporters of The New York Times ; introduction and notes by James M. McPherson

Ernie Pyle's war: America's eyewitness to World War II by James Tobin

World War II on the air: Edward R. Murrow and the broadcasts that riveted a nation by Mark Bernstein & Alex Lubertozzi ; CD narrated by Dan Rather

All the President's men by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward

Silent spring by Rachel Carson ; introduction by Linda Lear ; afterword by Edward O. Wilson ; [drawings by Lois and Louis Darling]

How the other half lives: studies among the tenements of New York by Jacob A. Riis; edited with an introduction by David Leviatin

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