35+ Best Books on Investigative Journalism

Posted on July 23, 2018 By newsroom Topic: Best Books

Investigative journalism, when reporters look into serious crimes, political corruption, or corporate wrongdoing. These are some of the best books on this important topic. A must for all journalists.

A Hack’s Progress by Phillip Knightley
Berlin Diary by William Shirer
Blood and Sand by Frank Gardner
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
Fame and Obscurity by Gay Talese
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
Floater by Calvin Trillin
Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson
My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism by Andrew Marr
Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities by Alexandra Robbins
Prisoner Without a Name
Reporting by Lillian Ross
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production by Jonathan Kern
Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and its Triumphs by John Pilger
Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The John McPhee Reader by John McPhee
The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby by Tom Wolfe
The Press by A.J. Liebling
The Promised Land by Nicholas Lemann
The Universal Journalist by David Randall
War Reporting For Cowards by Chris Ayres
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Dispatches by Michael Herr
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
Stick it Up Your Punter!: The Uncut Story of the ‘Sun’ Newspaper by Peter Chippindale & Chris Horrie
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
The Elements of journalism: What Newspeople Should Known and the Public Should Expect by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosential
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The New Journalism by Tom Wolfe
Towards the End of the Morning by Michael Frayn
Good Times
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

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