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Stories That Changed America: Muckrakers of the 20th Century

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A critical study of the power and effectiveness of good investigative journalism celebrates the work of twenty-one distinguished authors and journalists whose dedication changed American society, including Upton Sinclair, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Ralph Nader, Malcolm X, Betty Friedan, and ot
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Seven Stories Press (first published August 2000)
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I picked this up at the library and read chapters that were interesting to me this afternoon. It is a decent survey, but maybe attempts to cover to broad of a time-span to be useful for much. The introductions to each excerpt tend to be about as long as the excerpt itself, which could be good or bad depending on what you are looking for. I like books like this, because they sometimes help me find whole books I want to read. There was a reader on literature of the great depression that was really...more
Mmm, so this is an interesting topic: journalists and writers who've made some kind of difference through their writing; but the format of the book: potted biography of + excerpts from 16 'muckrakers' counts against the material: the biographies are too potted and the excerpts have little power out of context.
Also, I'm colon-happy again, but there's no connection.
Great book with short articles and excerpts that introduce you to some great "muckrakers" without overwhelming you.
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