What are the best books written by journalists?

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    #1In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is the story of a murder, and the investigation that leads to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers. This book transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

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    Judy McCoy
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book is terrifying. It is an older book, but still is chilling. It literally gave me nightmares way back when - it was first published many years ago and is still relevant. Only read it if you can stand real fear though, because this book is probably the first I read (like I say, many years ago - now we all know this) that really awful things can happen to anyone at any time."
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    #2The Trial of Henry Kissinger

    The Trial of Henry Kissinger

    The Trial of Henry Kissinger is Christopher Hitchens' gripping summary of the investigation of Henry Kissinger, the former U.S. Secretary of State and National Adviser involved in controversial killings all over the world.


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    Nicholas Gutierrez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is an amazing book from the most talented Christopher Hitchens. It captured my attention and kept it throughout the entire read. If you remember the days of Kissinger, then this book may very well stir up memories. It will open your eyes to a completely different way of viewing things and is a must-read."
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    #3Ghost Wars

    Ghost Wars

    Ghost Wars is Steve Coll's Pulitzer Prize-winning piece that contains accounts from key government personalities about the U.S.'s actions in the Middle East during the rise of Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban.


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    Li Ma
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I've long followed Steve Coll's career as a fellow journalist and couldn't wait read Ghost Wars. Coll expertly details the U.S. government's role in events that led up to 9/11. The book is filled with high profile officials, and you know Coll was well-respected to land those interviews. Anyone who claims to love this country needs to read this book. It is eye-opening. "
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    #4A People Betrayed

    A People Betrayed
    A People Betrayed by Linda Melvern is about Western countries' reluctance to send aid and prevent an expected bloodshed in Rwanda in 1994, where a million Tutsis died at the hands of the Hutus.

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    Jesse Myers
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a very heavy piece that dates back to the genocide in Rwanda that is infamous even today. It provides a harrowing account of what happened and more importantly, what didn't happen. Although I might not agree with every count of the West not assisting enough, I can see her point throughout. A deep read for someone interested in the history."
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    #5The Good Soldiers

    The Good Soldiers
    The Good Soldiers is David Finkel's narration of the 'Surge', the last-resort operation President George Bush ordered the U.S. Rangers to do to secure Baghdad, and the young soldiers who carried the orders out in the dangerous desert.

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    Andrew Delgado
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Good Soldiers is an interesting true story of the specific of the "Surge" operation. Written by a journalist, I found myself deeply enjoying the book."
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    Hitch-22: A Memoir is Christopher Hitchens' autobiography detailing his life, including his socialist views that led him to oppose the Vietnam War, his support for the war on terror, and even his atheism, and his mother's suicide.


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    Lauren Rios
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Christopher Hitchens wrote a memoir detailing his life, including a of of his socialist views. It's a pretty decent book for being written by a journalist."
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    #7Hell In A Very Small Place

    Hell In A Very Small Place
    Hell in a Very Small Place is Bernard Fall's firsthand account of the siege of Dien Bien Phu, the battle between the French Far East Expeditionary Corps and the Viet Minh nationalist revolutionaries at Dien Bien Phu.

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    #8Letters to a Young Contrarian

    Letters to a Young Contrarian
    Letters to a Young Contrarian is a book by Christopher Hitchens dedicated to people who wants to look at things at a contrary position, a position Hitchens is known to take. in the book, he criticizes the lack of discussion in modern society.

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    Tammy Romero
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I'm always looking for new literature to read and earn across this book. I was interested in books written by journalists and I ordered this one after noticing the positive reviews and received it last week. I find this book really intriguing and interesting. The author brings up a lot of good and valid points about our problems in society. I'd recommend this book to anyone that wants a quality read!"
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    #9Under The Banner of Heaven

    Under The Banner of Heaven

    This bestseller book by Jon Krakauer is a lucid and even funny book that is a fresh view on the Mormon fundamentalism and the history of Ron and Dan Lafferty, who were convinced that they were commanded to kill in the name of God. 


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    Rosa María Herrera
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This excellent book exposes the shameful exploitation of women by fundamentalist Mormon cults and the corrupt political collusion that have allowed these cults to flourish, unmolested by the justice system that is supposed to protect their victims. Though one of the cult leaders, Warren Jeffs, has since been incarcerated, the cults continue to impose their patriarchy and exploitation upon women, including children, unhindered by half-hearted efforts of law enforcement and essentially funded by state and federal welfare budgets, not only among Mormons but also among other fundamentalist communities such as New Square and Kiryas Joel in New York, whose bloc votes are coveted by politicians always ready to turn a blind eye to the oppression and sexual exploitation of women and children. "
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    #10The Sorrows of Young Mike

    The Sorrows of Young Mike

    The Sorrows of Young Mike is a philosophical novel by John Zelazny. It tells the story of Mike, who embarks on a journey to prove that Earth really is s sphere. It is a spoof of Goethe's work, The Sorrows of Young Werther.


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    William Hill
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book was written by a journalist named John. He did a pretty god job with the book in my humble opinion, a real page turner."
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    #11All the President's Men

    All the President's Men

    All the President's Men is a non-fiction political book written by Carl Bernstein. This political book is first published in 1974. 


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    Donald Snyder
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I am not usually into books that covers politics, this one is really intriguing to say the least. This is a fairly old one and should definitely be picked up if you want something specifically covering Presidents. If I were to be interested in something like books that covers politics, I would definitely give this one a go."
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    #12The Beast in the Garden

    The Beast in the Garden

    The Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America is a true-to-life story written by David Baron. It was released in 2005. It is based on the story of mountain lions who haunted the town of Boulder, Colorado.


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    Larry Jordan
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I like some things about the book--I like the style of writing, I like the narrative, but the broader social issues laid out in the book, I had a hard time with. The content is a little sensationalized. I agree with the warnings presented though, and that's really what he book is about. "


Best What are the best books written by journalists
1In Cold BloodBooks 35 Paid
2The Trial of Henry KissingerBooks 32 Paid
3Ghost WarsBooks 29 Paid
4A People BetrayedBooks 28 Paid
5The Good SoldiersBooks 27 Paid
6Hitch-22Books 26 Paid
7Hell In A Very Small PlaceBooks 25 Paid
8Letters to a Young ContrarianBooks 23 Paid
9Under The Banner of HeavenBooks 22 Paid
10The Sorrows of Young MikeBooks 15 Paid

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