The best 68 Media books



Laurent Richard and Sandrine Rigaud
How a Spy in Our Pocket Threatens the End of Privacy, Dignity, and Democracy
4.3 (273 ratings)

What's Pegasus about?

Pegasus (2023) follows the thrilling, worldwide investigation into one of the most powerful and insidious pieces of cyber surveillance software known to date. Beginning with a massive data leak to a small, independent news outlet, it tells the story of how Pegasus came to be, the hundreds of innocent individuals who have had their privacy taken away by it, and the global team of reporters and editors who risked everything to bring the story to light.

Who should read Pegasus?

  • Followers of the Pegasus Project and other cyber security international bombshells like the Panama Papers, or Wikileaks.
  • Fans of investigative journalism who want to know the stories behind the reports that shake the world.
  • Anyone who owns a phone and wants to know just how fragile their privacy really is.

Weaponized Lies

Weaponized Lies

Daniel J. Levitin
Critical Thinking in the Information Age
3.7 (127 ratings)

What's Weaponized Lies about?

Weaponized Lies (2016) is a user’s manual for today’s news media. It teaches you various skills that will help you to analyze the vast amount of information you encounter when skimming the internet or watching the news. Take time to learn what’s real and what’s fake, so you won’t get duped.

Who should read Weaponized Lies?

  • Any consumer of news media
  • Media studies and journalism students
  • Conspiracy theory aficionados

Merchants of Doubt

Merchants of Doubt

Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway
How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues From Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
3.8 (258 ratings)

What's Merchants of Doubt about?

Merchants of Doubt (2011) examines some of the world’s major scientific debates on topics including the environment, smoking and nuclear weapons. These blinks will explain how a handful of extremely vocal scientists have heavily misrepresented these issues through the mainstream media, often with the goal of aiding corporate and industry interests.

Who should read Merchants of Doubt?

  • Anyone interested in politics, the media and public opinion
  • Journalists, activists and anyone with a social conscience

The Climate Book

The Climate Book

Greta Thunberg
The Facts and the Solutions
4.0 (39 ratings)

What's The Climate Book about?

The Climate Book (2023) unites dozens of voices in a compelling and eye-opening exploration of the complex relationships between climate change, politics, and media. Offering insights into the interconnectedness of various global issues and the urgent need for systemic change, it contains practical, actionable steps towards a sustainable and equitable future.

Who should read The Climate Book?

  • Everyone concerned about our planet Earth
  • Climate activists looking to bolster their tactics arsenal 
  • Politicians and journalists who want to be part of the solution, not the problem 

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

Gabrielle Zevin
A Novel
3.4 (26 ratings)

What's Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow about?

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow (2022) by Gabrielle Zevin tells the story of Sadie and Sam, childhood friends turned creative collaborators and video game designers. The novel charts the tumultuous highs and lows of Sam and Sadie’s friendship against the vividly realized backdrop of the gaming industry at the turn of the 21st century. 

Who should read Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow?

  • Anyone intrigued by the idea of creative partnerships
  • Anyone with even a passing interest in video games
  • Anyone who’s ever had, or lost, a friend

Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Jaron Lanier
Regain your autonomy online
4.2 (217 ratings)

What's Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now about?

Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now (2018) is a modern-day cri de coeur. It offers, with ten distinct arguments, an all but irrefutable case for deleting your social media accounts. From their ethically dubious data-selling practices to the way they manipulate users, current social media companies are doing society a major disservice. Your best option right now is to delete your accounts until better options emerge.

Who should read Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now?

  • Social media users
  • Smartphone owners
  • Sociologists

The Art of Statistics

The Art of Statistics

David Spiegelhalter
Learning from Data
4.4 (225 ratings)

What's The Art of Statistics about?

The Art of Statistics (2019) is a non-technical introduction to the basic concepts of statistical science. Sidelining abstract mathematical analyses in favor of a more human-oriented approach, it explains how statistical science is helping us to answer questions and tell more informative stories. Stepping beyond the numbers, it also considers the role that the media and psychological bias play in the distortion of statistical claims. In these blinks you’ll find the tools and knowledge needed to understand and evaluate these claims.

Who should read The Art of Statistics?

  • Statistics students looking for a non-technical overview of basic issues
  • Journalists who want to report statistics more accurately
  • Anyone who wants to better evaluate the statistical claims they encounter day-to-day

Content Rules

Content Rules

Ann Handley & C.C. Chapman
How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and more) that Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business
3.9 (72 ratings)

What's Content Rules about?

Content Rules (2012) is a guide to content publishing that’ll help you implement effective and sustainable strategies. Regardless of whether you’re a social-media novice or a web-savvy pro, these blinks will guide you through the ins and outs of web-based content tools and social media sites, while offering plenty of helpful content tips along the way.

Who should read Content Rules?

  • Business owners looking to integrate content publishing into their marketing strategy
  • People hoping to harness the power of social media to reach huge groups
  • Creative professionals in any media who want to complement their skills with a flair for sales and marketing

The Four

The Four

Scott Galloway
The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google
4.0 (126 ratings)

What's The Four about?

The Four (2017) examines the great superpowers of our digital age – Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google – and attempts to answer a few tough questions: How have these companies changed the world we live in and what is their formula for success? How can other companies rise to similar echelons of power? And what does it take to thrive in a world shaped by the Four?

Who should read The Four?

  • Facebook and iPhone users
  • Anyone who regularly performs searches on Google, shops on Amazon, uses an Apple device or spends time on Facebook
  • Business enthusiasts and business analysts

Manufacturing Consent

Manufacturing Consent

Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
4.5 (164 ratings)

What's Manufacturing Consent about?

Manufacturing Consent (1988) takes a critical view of the mass media to ask why only a narrow range of opinions are favored whilst others are suppressed or ignored. 

It formulates a propaganda model which shows how alternative and independent information is filtered out by various financial and political factors allowing the news agenda to be dominated by those working on behalf of the wealthy and powerful. Far from being a free press, the media in fact maintain our unequal and unfair society.

Who should read Manufacturing Consent?

  • Anyone who wants to know who sets the agenda of the mass media
  • Anyone who would like to know whose interests the media serve
  • Anyone who wants to understand why the mass media suppress independent voices



James B Stewart and Rachel Abrams
The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy
3.6 (18 ratings)

What's Unscripted about?

Unscripted (2023) is the outrageous true story of Sumner Redstone, the former chairman and controlling shareholder of ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global). It focuses on the eventful final years of Redstone’s life, as well as the downfall of his successor at CBS, Les Moonves.

Who should read Unscripted?

  • Fans of TV dramas like Succession
  • People who enjoy juicy nonfiction and true crime
  • Anyone who wants a behind-the-scenes glimpse of corporate America

She Said

She Said

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement
4.8 (36 ratings)

What's She Said about?

On October 5, 2017, the New York Times ran an exposé detailing years of sexual misconduct by famed film producer Harvey Weinstein. She Said (2019) tells the story behind the story, tracing how two investigative journalists, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, uncovered one of the biggest news events of the decade and helped galvanize the #MeToo moment. Told by the journalists themselves, this book recounts how tenacious reporting can transform decades of abuse into a worldwide movement.   

Who should read She Said?

  • Anyone interested in the story behind the #MeToo movement
  • People intrigued by the world of investigative journalism
  • Those seeking inspiration on how to fight abuses of power and other injustices

Flat Earth News

Flat Earth News

Nick Davies
An Award-Winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion, and Propaganda in the Global Media
4.4 (51 ratings)

What's Flat Earth News about?

If you’ve ever entertained romantic fantasies about becoming a globe-trotting journalist, let Flat Earth News (2008) serve as a wake-up call. Truth is, modern journalists are under extreme pressure from the media outlets they serve, which are mostly controlled by profit-minded corporations. These blinks reveal why news desks simply regurgitate stories and why it’s so easy these days for spin doctors to manipulate the news.

Who should read Flat Earth News ?

  • News junkies looking for a behind-the-scenes peek at media outlets
  • Journalists and reporters wondering if they’re alone in their struggles
  • Anyone who thinks that wire services are a reliable news source



Ryan Holiday
Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
4.3 (53 ratings)

What's CONSPIRACY about?

Conspiracy (2017) reveals the incredible true story behind the downfall of one of America’s most controversial media outlets. The author explores the motivations and machinations of billionaire Peter Thiel, who conspired against Gawker Media, and details the dramatic courtroom trial that saw wrestler Hulk Hogan win millions in damages against the world’s most notorious gossip website.

Who should read CONSPIRACY?

  • Anyone interested in current affairs
  • Media buffs interested in journalism
  • Business students wanting strategy tips

Trust Me, I’m Lying

Trust Me, I’m Lying

Ryan Holiday
Confessions of a Media Manipulator
4.0 (101 ratings)

What's Trust Me, I’m Lying about?

Trust Me, I’m Lying (2012) is an in-depth exposé of today’s news culture, which is primarily channeled through online media sites called blogs. By detailing his experiences with multimillion-dollar public relations campaigns, the author takes us behind the scenes of today’s most popular and influential blogs to paint an unsettling picture of why we shouldn’t believe everything that is labeled as news.

Who should read Trust Me, I’m Lying?

  • Anyone interested in learning how blogs and other online news media work
  • Anyone who wants to know why we should question what we read online
  • Anyone looking to understand how blogs are affecting society

The Quick Fix

The Quick Fix

Jesse Singal
Why Fad Psychology Can't Cure Our Social Ills
4.2 (76 ratings)

What's The Quick Fix about?

The Quick Fix (2021) is a skeptical study of recent trends in behavioral psychology. Academic studies and TED talks may appear to make a convincing case for the power of positive thinking or the impact of implicit bias, but sometimes the evidence just isn’t there. In a complex world, the explanations for human behavior are often more nuanced than some modern psychologists would have you believe.

Who should read The Quick Fix?

  • Psychology skeptics
  • Those interested in societal problems and human behavior
  • Anyone who has ever viewed a TED talk

Age of Propaganda

Age of Propaganda

Anthony Pratkanis and Elliot Aronson
The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion
3.9 (68 ratings)

What's Age of Propaganda about?

Age of Propaganda (2001) is an in-depth look into the world of deception that is propaganda. These blinks will walk you through the different techniques propagandists rely on to successfully change people’s opinions and show how these tactics have become part of your everyday life.

Who should read Age of Propaganda?

  • Students of psychology and marketing
  • Consumers of all walks of life
  • Advertising professionals

The Bully Pulpit

The Bully Pulpit

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism
4.4 (48 ratings)

What's The Bully Pulpit about?

The Bully Pulpit (2013) follows three intricately linked strands of American history: the life of president Theodore Roosevelt, the emergence of a class of progressive investigative journalists, and the life of William Howard Taft and his complicated relationship with Roosevelt. 

Who should read The Bully Pulpit?

  • People interested in American history
  • Those curious about the relationship between journalism and politics
  • Anyone wanting to know more about Theodore Roosevelt or William Howard Taft



Hector MacDonald
How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality
4.3 (130 ratings)

What's Truth about?

Truth (2018) shows us how we live in a world of competing truths, where politicians, activists, corporations and countries tell the stories they’d like us to hear. Identifying the different ways that truth can be used to mislead or inspire, Hector MacDonald draws from history and current affairs to demonstrate how we should wait to see the whole picture before deciding what is “true.”

Who should read Truth?

  • Citizens wanting to navigate a world full of misinformation
  • Strategic communicators in business and politics
  • Journalists and bloggers looking to write the most truthful stories

The Big Disconnect

The Big Disconnect

Catherine Steiner-Adair
Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
4.0 (38 ratings)

What's The Big Disconnect about?

The Big Disconnect (2013) is about the current generation of babies, toddlers and children growing up in the digital world. Digital media, from online games to social networking sites, have a profound impact on a child’s development, both intellectually and socially. These blinks outline the reasons why, and what parents can do to try to keep their children safe from these developmental hindrances.

Who should read The Big Disconnect?

  • Parents and parents-to-be
  • Teachers
  • Anyone interested in sociology, technology or education

The Reality Game

The Reality Game

Samuel Woolley
How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth
3.9 (94 ratings)

What's The Reality Game about?

The Reality Game (2020) sheds light on the murky world of “computational propaganda” – political manipulation using digital tools. Samuel Woolley argues that fake news, viral conspiracy theories, and Twitter bot armies don’t just sow confusion and discord; in his view, they also subvert the democratic process. That means it’s high time we fought back and reclaimed our digital space from today’s unaccountable mega-platforms. 

Who should read The Reality Game?

  • Citizens worried about the future of democracy
  • Digital natives and social media addicts 
  • Skeptics wondering how to tell the difference between real and fake news

A Very English Scandal

A Very English Scandal

John Preston
Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
4.0 (45 ratings)

What's A Very English Scandal about?

A Very English Scandal (2016) tells the story of former British politician Jeremy Thorpe’s affair with Norman Scott. From a botched assassination to a biased murder trial, the story of this scandal shines a harsh light on the petty yet powerful relationships within the British Establishment and how those ties work to silence justice and protect reputations.

Who should read A Very English Scandal?

  • Readers fascinated by political scandals
  • Students curious about British insider politics
  • Those fascinated by major media events

The War on Journalism

The War on Journalism

Andrew Fowler
Media Moguls, Whistleblowers and the Price of Freedom
4.0 (25 ratings)

What's The War on Journalism about?

The War on Journalism (2015) explores the challenges journalists face while seeking the truth amid increasing state control and private sector criticism. Even though the internet has allowed those in the media unprecedented access to people and information, equally technology and new rules of the game have made fact-seeking a far more problematic pursuit.

Who should read The War on Journalism?

  • Aspiring journalists and media professionals
  • Students of politics or sociology
  • Anyone who follows the news

The Death of Expertise

The Death of Expertise

Tom Nichols
The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
4.2 (52 ratings)

What's The Death of Expertise about?

The Death of Expertise (2017) examines the current attacks on science and knowledge that seem to be on the rise in our current technological and political environment. What has happened to objective truths being the truth and facts being indisputable? Why is science now a matter of political partisanship? Find out what’s really going on and why this is one of the most important issues of our day.

Who should read The Death of Expertise?

  • Citizens looking for facts rather than political rhetoric
  • Readers concerned about fake news and misinformation
  • Students of political science and communications

Future Crimes

Future Crimes

Marc Goodman
Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It
4.1 (28 ratings)

What's Future Crimes about?

Future Crimes (2015) lucidly explores the dangers inherent in using today’s highly interconnected web of technologies. Through carelessness or ignorance, we make huge amounts of personal information available to criminals who would love nothing more than to exploit us.

Who should read Future Crimes?

  • Anyone who uses the internet on a daily basis
  • People who use social media on their smartphones
  • Those who believe technology will solve all our problems

Deepfakes and the Infocalypse

Deepfakes and the Infocalypse

Nina Schick
What You Urgently Need To Know
3.8 (108 ratings)

What's Deepfakes and the Infocalypse about?

Deepfakes and the Infocalypse (2020) is an urgent warning about the dangers posed by fake – but extremely realistic – audiovisual material called deepfakes. They are powered by artificial intelligence, and scammers and hackers are already using them to defraud businesses and harass individuals. Governments are joining in, as well; the use of deepfakes for propaganda is growing. We need to actively prepare for a time when deepfakes become commonplace. If we don’t, we’ll barrel headfirst into an information apocalypse.

Who should read Deepfakes and the Infocalypse?

  • Anyone who hasn’t heard of deepfakes
  • Citizens concerned about political polarization and the breakdown of trust in society
  • Tech-savvy individuals who feel they can’t be fooled by fake content

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Neil Postman
Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
4.5 (48 ratings)

What's Amusing Ourselves to Death about?

Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985) explores the detrimental effects the medium of television is having on the content of public discourse. Over the course of two centuries, the United States has moved from being a culture defined by the printed word to one where television and triviality dominate.

Who should read Amusing Ourselves to Death?

  • Anyone interested in public debates
  • Newspaper journalists, newspaper readers and TV viewers
  • Media scholars, communication theorists and philosophers

Streaming, Sharing, Stealing

Streaming, Sharing, Stealing

Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang
Big Data and the Future of Entertainment
3.6 (28 ratings)

What's Streaming, Sharing, Stealing about?

Streaming, Sharing, Stealing (2016) is about the ever-changing entertainment industry. Recent years have seen the emergence of new players who continue to utilize technology to transform the landscape. This book assesses how companies like Apple, Netflix and Amazon use data to understand their consumers’ needs.

Who should read Streaming, Sharing, Stealing?

  • Publishers and policy makers
  • Technology enthusiasts interested in big data and analytics
  • Media, film and music students

Catch and Kill

Catch and Kill

Ronan Farrow
Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
4.2 (32 ratings)

What's Catch and Kill about?

Catch and Kill (2019) is the gripping inside account of how the abuses of Hollywood’s most notorious predator, Harvey Weinstein, were brought to light. Along the way, veteran investigative reporter Ronan Farrow unpicks the conspiracy of silence that attempted to prevent his findings from ever being published and help Weinstein evade accountability for his history of sexual harassment, assault, and rape. 

Who should read Catch and Kill?

  • Journalists and reporters
  • Media industry insiders 
  • Women’s rights advocates

Perversion of Justice

Perversion of Justice

Julie K. Brown
The Jeffrey Epstein Story
4.4 (27 ratings)

What's Perversion of Justice about?

Perversion of Justice (2021) reveals how a reporter for the Miami Herald broke the story behind Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes and the scandalous deal he got from the US justice system in 2008. It explains the history of the case, how the mysterious financier was able to escape justice for so long, and the important questions that remain unanswered.

Who should read Perversion of Justice?

  • Anyone curious how a serial sex offender can elude punishment
  • Fans of true crime investigations
  • People interested in the ongoing mystery behind Epstein and his accomplices

Spam Nation

Spam Nation

Brian Krebs
The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime – From Global Epidemic to Your Front Door
4.1 (17 ratings)

What's Spam Nation about?

Spam Nation reveals how a handful of spammers and other cybercriminals have created a hugely profitable, yet largely illegal, industry. Concerns over spam, however, go deeper than the annoyance of a few email scams, as individuals, companies, governments – even societies – are put at risk.

Who should read Spam Nation?

  • Anyone who’s ever wondered about the source of spam emails
  • Victims of cybercrime
  • Anyone concerned about how to use the internet safely



Ben Sasse
Why We Hate Each Other – and How to Heal
4.3 (41 ratings)

What's Them about?

Them (2018) explores the social, political and economic challenges facing the United States of America. Drawing on insights from psychology, politics and contemporary media, the blinks investigate the current climate of hostility in public life and explains how Americans can get back to a more harmonious way of life.

Who should read Them?

  • Political animals looking for a fresh perspective
  • Democrats open to listening to the other side
  • Current-affairs junkies wanting new insights



Pete Davis
The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing
4.4 (55 ratings)

What's Dedicated about?

Dedicated (2021) makes the case for commitment in an age of infinite browsing. Based on the author’s Harvard Law School graduation speech, “A Counterculture of Commitment,” it explores how keeping our options open creates inner tension – and why commitment is the solution. 

Who should read Dedicated?

  • Commitment shirkers and seekers
  • Anyone experiencing FOMO
  • YOLO thrill-seekers looking for a deeper connection

The Death of Truth

The Death of Truth

Michiko Kakutani
Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump
3.5 (35 ratings)

What's The Death of Truth about?

The Death of Truth (2018) offers an informative look at the current political climate in the United States, and the many developments in the past that have brought us to this divisive time. With over 30 years’ experience as a respected literary critic, Michiko Kakutani uses her expertise in modern literature to show how authors of the past worried about many of the same concerns we’re facing today.

Who should read The Death of Truth?

  • Supporters of democracy
  • News and political junkies
  • Book lovers concerned about current affairs

The News

The News

Alain De Botton
A User’s Manual
3.8 (24 ratings)

What's The News about?

The News (2014) reads between the lines of the constant stream of today’s news – news to which many readers are becoming increasingly indifferent. This indifference isn’t so much the reader’s fault as the media’s. Constant competition in a crowded market results in news outlets failing to package stories in a way that’s appealing, engaging and, most of all, informative.

Who should read The News?

  • News readers who want to make better choices about what to read
  • Skeptics who think mainstream news is worthless
  • Journalists who want to write better articles

Trick Mirror

Trick Mirror

Jia Tolentino
Reflections on Self-Delusion
4.0 (56 ratings)

What's Trick Mirror about?

Trick Mirror (2019) is the long-awaited first collection of writer and essayist Jia Tolentino. In nine intertwined stories, she tells of the trends and ideas – as well as the personal and collective delusions – that have shaped her life, our country, and the culture. Examining everything from the internet to workout crazes to modern marriage, Tolentino interweaves the personal and political, calling to mind great feminist writers like Susan Sontag and Joan Didion.

Who should read Trick Mirror?

  • Critical thinkers with an affinity for dissecting cultural trends
  • Lefties and liberals – and those who want to understand them better
  • Anyone who claims the label “feminist”

Google Leaks

Google Leaks

Zach Vorhies
A Whistleblower's Exposé of Big Tech Censorship
3.4 (337 ratings)

What's Google Leaks about?

Google Leaks (2021) is the no-holds-barred story of one former Google employee, who claims that the search giant has been corrupted by political bias and is pursuing a course of deliberate online censorship. It details the author’s journey after Donald Trump’s election from satisfied employee to unflinching corporate whistleblower .

Who should read Google Leaks?

  • Tech lovers concerned by the the growth of online megacorporations 
  • Political aficionados interested in the years of Trump’s presidency
  • Free-speech advocates concerned by the erosion of civil liberties

Bad Science

Bad Science

Ben Goldacre
A behind-the-scenes look at the bogus science used to mislead us every day.
4.3 (43 ratings)

What's Bad Science about?

We often swallow scientific-sounding language used in advertisements or on the news without any further thought. But if we analyze it a little, we often find that it’s merely pseudoscience. Bad Science shows us that this bogus science can lead to serious misunderstandings, injustice and even death.

Who should read Bad Science?

  • Anyone worried about science reporting in the media
  • Anyone who thinks understanding science is beyond them
  • Anyone who buys vitamins or homeopathic remedies

The New Front Page

The New Front Page

Tim Dunlop
New Media and the Rise of the Audience

What's The New Front Page about?

The New Front Page (2013) explains how the advent of the internet radically changed the media landscape. Today, audiences are no longer a mere target for advertisers; they’re empowered customers and, more often than not, even a part of the editorial process itself.

Who should read The New Front Page?

  • Content marketers and bloggers
  • Journalists and freelance writers
  • News junkies

The Office BFFs

The Office BFFs

Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey
Tales of the Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There

What's The Office BFFs about?

The Office BFFs (2022) peels back the curtain on the close-knit friendship of Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer from the American hit TV series The Office. It comes complete, not only with their candid time together on and off camera but also with never-before-seen photos featuring the cast and crew of the show.

Who should read The Office BFFs?

  • The Office fans
  • People curious about the behind-the-scenes friendship of Angela and Jenna
  • Celebrity enthusiasts

Liars, Leakers, and Liberals

Liars, Leakers, and Liberals

Judge Jeanine Pirro
The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy
2.9 (79 ratings)

What's Liars, Leakers, and Liberals about?

Liars, Leakers, and Liberals (2018) examines the dark forces that have not accepted Donald Trump’s victory. From the dishonest media to Hollywood hypocrites, weak-willed republicans to the “deep state” of the intelligence community, these forces are now attempting to destroy America’s president – a patriotic, family-oriented winner whose no-nonsense approach is exactly what the United States needs.

Who should read Liars, Leakers, and Liberals?

  • Anyone fed up with the lies of the mainstream media
  • People who want a fresh perspective on the Trump presidency
  • Readers who sense that the liberal consensus on Donald Trump doesn’t give the full story

How Music Got Free

How Music Got Free

Stephen Witt
What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime?
4.7 (16 ratings)

What's How Music Got Free about?

How Music Got Free (2015) tells the remarkable story of the mp3 file, from its inception in a German audio lab to its discovery by a man working in a North Carolina CD-pressing plant, who would eventually team up with a piracy group to bring the entire music industry to its knees.

Who should read How Music Got Free?

  • Musicians and music consumers
  • Anyone interested in copyright law
  • Anyone interested in internet freedom

The Filter Bubble

The Filter Bubble

Eli Pariser
What the Internet is Hiding from You
4.0 (20 ratings)

What's The Filter Bubble about?

The Filter Bubble (2011) offers an insightful and critical look at the internet. Specifically, it puts under the microscope the dangerous consequences of data collection and the way it is used to personalize the internet. Discover just how many things are being hidden from you every time you click the search button, and why you shouldn’t always take internet search results at face value.

Who should read The Filter Bubble?

  • Entrepreneurs in the field of media and communication
  • Tech bloggers and analysts
  • Readers interested in the psychology of the internet

The World According to Star Wars

The World According to Star Wars

Cass R. Sunstein
What Star Wars can teach us about the world we live in
3.9 (139 ratings)

What's The World According to Star Wars about?

The World According to Star Wars (2016) reveals the many life lessons to be learned from George Lucas’s Star Wars films. Discover what popular science fiction can tell us about ourselves, what Star Wars has to say about the politics of popularity and how we interpret movies and inject our favorite stories with our own ideas.

Who should read The World According to Star Wars?

  • Star Wars fans
  • Creative people interested in popular trends
  • Political scholars

Free Speech

Free Speech

Jacob Mchangama
A History from Socrates to Social Media
4.5 (126 ratings)

What's Free Speech about?

Free Speech (2022) traces the history of this world-defining idea. It provides a soapbox for some of free speech’s greatest proponents and highlights key events that pushed the idea forward from ancient times to the present. Offering an evenhanded treatment of the costs and benefits of free speech throughout history, it’s a powerful retort to all those forces that threaten to erode free speech today.

Who should read Free Speech?

  • Passionate defenders of free speech who could use more argumentative ammunition 
  • Students preparing for campus debates on whether free speech should be limited
  • Anyone on the left or right seeking insight into modern-day debates on free speech

The Long Tail

The Long Tail

Chris Anderson
Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More
4.3 (24 ratings)

What's The Long Tail about?

The Long Tail challenges existing notions of the market and the entertainment industry by looking at the massive influence of the internet on the economy. Due to new modes of content creation and distribution, it can be more profitable to offer a large number and wide variety of products that appeal to niche consumer groups rather than one certain “hit,” e.g., a blockbuster or bestselling book.


Who should read The Long Tail?

  • Anyone who deals with online sales
  • Anyone interested in alternative economic theories
  • Anyone working in the media or entertainment industries

Dear America

Dear America

Graham Allen
Live Like It's 9/12
3.4 (192 ratings)

What's Dear America about?

Dear America (2021) is a call to action for Americans. It implores them to unite despite differences – and preserve their nation before it’s too late.

Who should read Dear America?

  • Americans of all political stripes
  • Anyone interested in US history
  • People intent on preserving free speech and diversity of thought

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Jon Ronson
How Our Mistakes Are Costlier And More Public Than Ever
3.9 (14 ratings)

What's So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed about?

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (2015) looks into the terrifying nature of online public shaming. Tracing it back to its historical roots, the book details the motivations behind modern public shaming and offers tips on what to do if you find yourself at the center of a public shaming scandal.

Who should read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed?

  • People astonished by the brutality of online public shamings
  • Psychology enthusiasts
  • Those wanting to learn about how technology affects our behavior

Speaking for Myself

Speaking for Myself

Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House
3.4 (60 ratings)

What's Speaking for Myself about?

Speaking for Myself (2020) is an insider’s account of Donald Trump’s first two years in office by the woman whose job it was to present the president’s thinking to the world – press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Alongside fascinating snapshots of Trump’s decision-making process, values, and sense of humor, Sanders offers readers a glimpse of the inner workings of the White House and the role of the press in American political life.

Who should read Speaking for Myself?

  • Trump haters interested in the other side of the story
  • Journalists, reporters, and broadcasters
  • History and politics buffs

The Master Switch

The Master Switch

Tim Wu
The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
4.4 (17 ratings)

What's The Master Switch about?

In The Master Switch, author Tim Wu traces the development of information technology such as radio, film and television and illustrates how great innovations always come to be controlled by big corporations. Critically, Wu asks whether the internet will succumb to the same fate, or if its inherent design could help it avoid corporate domination.

Who should read The Master Switch?

  • Anyone interested in technology
  • Anyone curious about the future of the internet
  • Anyone interested in economics or the information industries

Yes We (Still) Can

Yes We (Still) Can

Dan Pfeiffer
Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump
3.8 (15 ratings)

What's Yes We (Still) Can about?

Yes We (Still) Can (2018) offers a revealing look at the dizzyingly high-pressure life of a White House communications director. In addition to his personal experiences in the Obama administration, author Dan Pfeiffer is eager to share the knowledge he gained along the way, from how to deal with the press to how to handle political opposition.

Who should read Yes We (Still) Can?

  • Political junkies
  • Concerned Democrats
  • Students of political science and public relations

The Rules of Contagion

The Rules of Contagion

Adam Kucharski
Why Things Spread – and Why They Stop
4.1 (85 ratings)

What's The Rules of Contagion about?

The Rules of Contagion (2020) takes a scientific and mathematical look at how viruses spread, and how ideas, behavior and popular online content all follow similar patterns. By following the rules of contagion, we can gain insight into the spread of ideas, what causes financial disasters, and how harmful acts like gun violence can also infect a community.

Who should read The Rules of Contagion?

  • People who want to better understand the coronavirus
  • Mathematically minded individuals
  • Anyone interested in how ideas spread

Better Living Through Criticism

Better Living Through Criticism

A.O. Scott
How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth
3.6 (15 ratings)

What's Better Living Through Criticism about?

Better Living Through Criticism (2016) explores the role of the critic. From the historical significance of criticism to the future of the digital critic, these blinks are an engaging introduction into an indispensable aspect of art and culture.

Who should read Better Living Through Criticism?

  • Students of visual art, literature or cultural studies
  • Readers curious about the influence of criticism on creative culture
  • Budding art writers seeking a big picture perspective on their discipline

Bit Literacy

Bit Literacy

Mark Hurst
Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload
3.7 (22 ratings)

What's Bit Literacy about?

Bit Literacy (2007) is the go-to guide for people who want to make better use of their time in a world permeated by unnecessary information. By employing the book’s organizational and time-saving tricks, you’ll be well on your way to becoming bit-literate.

Who should read Bit Literacy?

  • People who feel like they should be getting more from new technology
  • Those suffering from information overload
  • Anyone who can’t keep their inbox tidy

Disability Visibility

Disability Visibility

Alice Wong
First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century
4.1 (76 ratings)

What's Disability Visibility about?

Disability Visibility (2020) is a compilation of original essays by people with disabilities. There are too few stories about what it’s like to be a disabled person navigating environments designed for the nondisabled. This collection brings visibility to some of these diverse experiences, and shows how limiting our ideas about disability really are.

Who should read Disability Visibility?

  • Disabled people looking for stories that represent diverse experiences of living with disabilities
  • Nondisabled people interested in confronting their prejudices about what it means to be disabled
  • Activists wanting to strengthen their movements by making them more intersectional



John de Graaf
How Overconsumption is Killing Us – and How to Fight Back
4.6 (28 ratings)

What's Affluenza about?

This book is about our serious addiction to consumption: affluenza. Since the Industrial Revolution, we’ve become addicted to shopping, believing we can buy happiness. Affluenza affects us and our society like a disease, and this book offers advice on how we can immunize ourselves against it.

Who should read Affluenza?

  • Anyone interested in sociology
  • Anyone interested in media
  • Anyone interested in curing our addiction to consumption

No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide

Glenn Greenwald
Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State
4.8 (34 ratings)

What's No Place to Hide about?

In No Place to Hide, author Glenn Greenwald details the surveillance activities of secret agencies as according to information leaked by American whistleblower Edward Snowden. Rather than serving as a means to avoid terrorist attacks, as the US National Security Agency (NSA) claims, Greenwald explains that these dubious activities instead seem to be a guise for both economic espionage and spying on the general public. No Place to Hide also brings to light the media’s lack of freedom in detailing certain government and intelligence agency activities, and addresses the consequences whistleblowers face for revealing secret information.

Who should read No Place to Hide?

  • Anyone who uses technology such as email in private correspondence
  • Anyone involved in journalism or politics
  • Anyone who values their freedom and privacy

The Smarter Screen

The Smarter Screen

Shlomo Benartzi
What Your Business Can Learn from the Way Consumers Think Online
4.2 (13 ratings)

What's The Smarter Screen about?

The Smarter Screen (2015) is a guide both for the start-up and established business to boosting your company’s digital presence in a media-saturated world. These blinks apply insights from behavioral economics to explain exactly how people think and respond to digital information on a screen.

Who should read The Smarter Screen?

  • Anyone that produces or manages digital content
  • Website designers and marketing managers
  • People curious about what drives consumer choice

You Can’t Read This Book

You Can’t Read This Book

Nick Cohen
Censorship in an Age of Freedom
4.1 (19 ratings)

What's You Can’t Read This Book about?

You Can’t Read This Book (2012) asks a pointed question: Does free speech exist or not? Today society has unlimited access to information online, but people still struggle to freely express opinions, fearing a backlash from governments, religious leaders or other powerful organizations.

Who should read You Can’t Read This Book?

  • Writers and journalists interested in problem of censorship
  • People curious about the evolution of free speech
  • Anyone interested in political science or social studies

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Whitney Phillips
Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture

What's This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things about?

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (2015) explores the subculture of trolling: where it came from, who does it, why they do it and what exactly it is they do. The book examines the blurred line between a malicious online attack and revealing social commentary, and shows how trolling and mainstream culture have come to form a close bond.

Who should read This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things?

  • Victims of internet trolling
  • Critics of traditional media
  • Anyone interested in internet subcultures

Righteous Indignation

Righteous Indignation

Andrew Breitbart
Excuse Me While I Save the World!
3.4 (25 ratings)

What's Righteous Indignation about?

Righteous Indignation (2012) outlines the influence of the political Left in the United States and how this group’s influence has destroyed American media. The book shows exactly how this situation came to be and explains what those on the Right can do to fight back.

Who should read Righteous Indignation?

  • People who identify as conservative and support the U.S. Republican Party
  • Fans of conservative pundit Andrew Breitbart
  • Media observers and people who question media bias

Curate This!

Curate This!

Steven Rosenbaum
The Hands-On How-To Guide to Content Curation
3.8 (22 ratings)

What's Curate This! about?

Curate This! (2014) reveals the different ways content curation is used today, why humans make the best curators and how you can use content to expand your audience.

Who should read Curate This!?

  • Avid online readers interested in the secrets of content creation
  • Marketers wondering about how content creation relates to artificial intelligence
  • Bloggers searching for the right recipe to attract a greater audience

Make a Killing on Kindle

Make a Killing on Kindle

Michael Alvear
The Guerrilla Marketer's Guide to Selling E-books on Amazon
4.4 (19 ratings)

What's Make a Killing on Kindle about?

How To Make A Killing On Kindle provides a simple step-by-step marketing strategy that will enable you to get your e-book onto Amazon's top-ten bestseller list (in your category) in a matter of weeks.

Who should read Make a Killing on Kindle?

  • Fiction and nonfiction e-book authors looking for higher Kindle sales
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to market e-books online
  • Anyone interested in e-book pricing

The Net Delusion

The Net Delusion

Evgeny Morozov
How Not to Liberate the World
4.1 (11 ratings)

What's The Net Delusion about?

The Net Delusion tackles head on the beliefs we hold about the utopian power of the internet. Evgeny Morozov shows us how the internet isn’t always a force for democracy and freedom, and reveals how both authoritarian and democratic regimes control the internet for their own interests.

Who should read The Net Delusion?

  • Anyone interested in the politics of the internet
  • Anyone interested in mass media
  • Anyone interested in propaganda

Hack Attack

Hack Attack

Nick Davies
The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch

What's Hack Attack about?

Hack Attack details the riveting story of the phone hacking scandal that rocked the British media in 2011. Focusing on the rise and fall of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, the books offers an inside look into the seedy world of tabloid journalism.

Who should read Hack Attack?

  • Anyone frightened by the amazing power wielded by multinational corporations
  • Aspiring journalists who aren’t afraid of setting their sights on billionaires
  • Anyone interested in the media and journalism

All the Truth Is Out

All the Truth Is Out

Matt Bai
The Week Politics Went Tabloid
4.4 (10 ratings)

What's All the Truth Is Out about?

All The Truth is Out details the sudden transformation of political journalism in the late 1980s, as political reporters shifted their focus from policy to the personal lives of politicians. Using the rise and fall of former presidential hopeful Gary Hart as a starting point, it shows how political journalism and politics in general have changed both in form and content.

Who should read All the Truth Is Out?

  • Anyone who wonders why today’s political journalism is such a circus
  • Anyone interested in American political history
  • Politicos or fans of campaign politics



David Meerman Scott
How to Inject Your Ideas Into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage
4.2 (18 ratings)

What's Newsjacking about?

Newsjacking (2012) is about the best new way to get media attention – not by planning ahead but by reacting quickly and cleverly. These blinks not only explain how this new form of generating news works, but also how you can and should react to it, and how to use it to attain the best possible media coverage.

Who should read Newsjacking?

  • Marketers seeking alternatives to planned advertising campaigns
  • Emerging organizations keen to raise awareness on a shoestring budget
  • News readers interested in today’s changing media landscape



Sharyl Attkisson
My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington

What's Stonewalled about?

In Stonewalled, author and former journalist Sharyl Attkisson offers a tell-all account of her fight for truth amid what she considered significant obstruction from both government that had promised “unparalleled transparency” and from American media outlets.

Who should read Stonewalled?

  • Anyone who questions the transparency of government administration
  • Anyone who questions the objectivity of mainstream media
  • Anyone interested in the challenges of investigative journalism in America

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