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Muckrakers: How Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens Helped Expose Scandal, Inspire Reform, and Invent Investigative Journalism

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Hold the presses! Here's the sensational story of the birth of investigative journalism in America. At the turn of the 20th century, news reporters and monthly magazines collaborate to create a new kind of journalism—in-depth, serialized exposés of corporate, labor, and political corruption. Many of these stories become instant bestsellers in book format: books like The Ju ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by National Geographic Children's Books (first published 2007)
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Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420
Genre: Nonfiction/Informative (nonfiction/informational requirement)

This quick book by National Geographic is an overview of three of the most influential writers of the industrial age: Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens. The book offers an inside look to the motivation and process of writing as "muckrakers" in order to expose and produce change in the nations business and government. The book leads all the way up to modern times by declaring Woodward and Bernstein of the Watergat
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Through the stories of Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens, ground-breaking investigative journalism takes on Standard Oil, Meat Packers and Political Corruption. Teddy Roosevelt called them Muckrakers, out of frustration. The book closes with the achievements of Edward R. Murrow, Rachel Carson, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and Seymour Hersh.
The book encapsulates the struggle, stigma and accomplishments of the field.
Laura Sims
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting resource that delves into the topic of the beginnings of investigative journalism through the writing of articles and documents that exposed safety issues and other scandals during the industrial revolution. This would be an excellent companion to use with textbooks for students learning about what life was like during this time in history.
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history and journalism students
This is a book that should be required reading in journalism classes. It shows the beginning of aggressive investigative journalism and a lot of the history since then up to the 2007 investigation at Walter Reed Hospital for substandard treatment of vets coming back from Afghanistan or Iraq.
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Meant for middle graders, this is an excellent history of investigative reporting, focused on the breakthroughs of journalists in the early 1900s. Intelligently written, well illustrated and smartly organized.
Dec 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. Informative but very superficial. More like a historical overview of the Muckrakers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Made me want to learn more about Sinclair, Tarbell, and others. I found the women Muckrakers to be inspiring...ahead of their time.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
a great introduction. I wish I had read this before I delved into a deeper Muckrakers history last year.
Dec 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Paige by: CLAU
I have always admired those who research and find stories. Like most things, there is a good side and and bad side to the press. I enjoyed the back stories, but was not riveted.
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lots of good information about the first muckrakers. Good back material as well.
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Oct 06, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 6-8grade, nonfiction
For a highly tantalizing and potentially thrilling subject, the book manages to be quite tedious and not very inspiring.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
What goes around, comes around. I hadn't read anything about this topic and it sounded eerily familiar. We could use some muckrakers in the 21st century.
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Well put together and captivating way to summarize these people and profession.
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