Essential books on media and journalism (Nonfiction)

An initiative jointly undertaken with Prem Panicker, this is an ever-expanding list of essential books on journalism, media, freedom of the press, free speech, dissent, and related issues, drawn from a range of areas including history, journalism, cultural theory, sociology, and media studies. Please feel free to send in suggestions!

Adorno, Theodor, The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture (Routledge, 2001)

Anderson, Benedict, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Rise and Fall of Nationalism (Verso, 2006)

Berners-Lee, Tim, Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web (HarperBusiness: 2000)

Boorstin, Daniel, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (Vintage, 1992)

Bourdieu Pierre, On Television (The New Press, 1999).

Debord, Guy, The Society of the Spectacle (Black & Red, 2000)

Eisenstein, Elizabeth, The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 2005)

Fromm, Erich, On Disobedience: Why Freedom Means Saying No to Power (Harper, 2010)

Halberstam, David, The Powers That Be (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2000)

Herman, Edward S and Chomsky, Noam, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (Pantheon, 2002)

Hitchens, Christopher, Letters to a Young Contrarian (Basic, 2005)

Jenkins, Henry, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (MIT Press, 2008)

Lippmann, Walter, Public Opinion (Wilder, 2010)

Liebling, AJ, The Press (Pantheon, 1981)

McLuhan, Marshall, Understanding Media (Routledge, 2001).

Orwell, George, Homage to Catalonia (Mariner, 2012)

Politkovskaya, Anna, Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy (Owl, 2000)

Postman, Neil, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (Penguin, 2005)

Rheingold, Howard, The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (MIT Press, 2000)

Sacco, Joe, Journalism (Metropolitan, 2012)

Thompson, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (Simon & Schuster, 2012)

Wallace, Irving, The Sunday Gentleman (Bantam, 1976)

Williams, Raymond, Television: Technology and Cultural Form (Routledge, 2003)

Wolfe, Tom, The New Journalism (Pan, 1975)

Woodward, Bob and Bernstein, Carl, All the President's Men (Simon & Schuster, 2014)