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A Bomb in Every Issue
by Peter Richardson
The New Press, hardbound, 247 pages, 2009
A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America tells the largely untold story of this hugely influential magazine that published from 1962 to 1975. Ramparts naturally had high-profile detractors like Time magazine, but the magazine's effect on the world was profound. A 1967 photo essay moved Rev. Martin Luther King to forcefully denounce the Vietnam War. And author Peter Richardson describes how Ramparts paved the way for muckraking independent outlets like Mother Jones and alternative newsweeklies around the country, eager to tell the stories that the corporate media was afraid to touch.
The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly
by Peter Hart and FAIR
Seven Stories Press, 2003, 157 pages.
Following in the footsteps of FAIR's hit book The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, The Oh Really? Factor uses facts and humor to challenge the many absurd, outlandish, and just plain incorrect statements made by the country's most watched cable news host.
The Creation Of The Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications
by Paul Starr
Basic Books, 2004. Softcover, 484 pages
Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Starr's new book argues that the evolution of America's media system-from the colonial presses to modern innovations-has been governed as much by political choices as by technological developments.
Neck Deep: the Disastrous Presidency of George Bush
by Robert Parry, Sam Parry, and Nat Parry
Media Consortium, 2007. Softcover, 418 pages.
George Bush's two presidential terms have been defined by a concentrated assault and rollback of this nation's constitution. Parry, who broke many of the initial Iran Contra stories in the 1980's, details how the Republicans were aided by compliant Democrats and a sympathetic media.
This book details how the media has come to serve the interests of corporate profit over public enlightenment and debate. It details historically how government policy and corporate consolidation has harmed participatory democracy and how media reform has sucessfully fought back.
War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death
by Norman Solomon
John Wiley & Sons, 2005, 314 pages.
Media analyst and longtime FAIR associate Norman Solomon's latest book probes the strategic promotion of America's military endeavors over the last 50 years and the crucial role that a compliant media plays.