Nonfiction Suggested High School Reading List

Non-fiction could be in a literary form- a type of prose that employs the literary techniques usually associated with fiction or poetry to report on persons, places, and events in the real world.The genre of literary nonfiction (also known as creative nonfiction) is broad enough to include travel writing, nature writing, science writing, sports writing, biography, autobiography, memoir, the interview, and both the familiar and personal essay.


Nonfiction: 2012Suggested High School Reading List

Easier Reads.
Grealy, Lucy. Autobiography of a Face. BIOGRAPHY. Grealy’shard-hitting personal narrative about life as a teen with a face disfigured bycancer covers so much–from the definition of beauty to loneliness toacceptance. The author tells a moving and heroic story of her struggle fordignity.

Kimmel, Haven. A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small inMooreland, Indiana. BIOGRAPHY. In this lovingly-told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back in timeto when small-town America was still trapped in the amber of the innocentpost-war period—people help their neighbors, go to church, and keep barnyardanimals in their backyards.

*for more mature readers
*Allison, Peter. Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: Confessions of a BotswanaSafari Guide. While presenting tales from a safari guide about hisencounters with big cats, elephants, hippos, and other unpredictable animals,the author’s infectious enthusiasm for both the African bush and his jobshowing its wonders to tourists is really apparent.

*Almond, Steve. Candyfreak: A Journey Through the ChocolateUnderbelly of America.The delicious and hilarious story of one man’s lifelong obsession with candyand his quest to discover its origins in America.

*Bellavia, David & John R. Bruning. House to House: AnEpic Memoir of War.In November, 2004, a U.S. infantry squad in Fallujah plunged into one of themost sustained and savage urban battles in the history of American men at arms.Bringing to life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, andpopulated by a well-drawn cast of characters, this is more than just anotherwar story. The book develops the intensely close relationships that formbetween soldiers under fire, in a harrowing story of triumph, tragedy, and theresiliency of the human spirit. Graphic language and violence.

*Bryson, Bill. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America onthe Appalachian Trail.As Bryson and his friend Katz walk the 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine, thereader is treated to both a very funny personal memoir and a delightfulchronicle of the trail, the people who created it, and the places it passesthrough.

*Buzzell, Colby. My War: Killing Time in Iraq. A U.S. Army soldier who served in Iraq as amember of a Stryker Brigade Combat Team recounts his tour of duty in which heengaged in dangerous firefights and kept a blog describing his war experiences.Graphic language and violence.

*Croke, Vicki Constantine. The Lady and the Panda: The TrueAdventures of the First American
Explorer to Bring Back China’s Most Exotic Animal
. Ruth Harkness, a dress-designing socialite,captured the first giant panda to be seen in the West. The adventure, strongwriting, and fascinating personalities make a thrilling, deeply, satisfyingstory.

*De Blasi, Marlena. That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story. The author describes a summer in Sicilywhere she uncovered the story of Tosca, the daughter of a poor horse trader,who became the ward of the local prince and his family and eventually had alove affair with the prince.

*DeMeo, Albert & Mary Jane Ross. For the Sins of MyFather: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life. The son of the head of the Gambino crimefamily’s squad of killers and thieves describes coming of age in the world oforganized crime, the murder of his father when he was seventeen, and hisdetermination to escape his father’s fate.

*Dugard, Jaycee. A Stolen Life: A Memoir. The author describes how she was held hostagefor eighteen years by registered sex offender Phillip Garrido, who sexuallyabused her and fathered her two children, and how she was finally found byauthorities.

*Eggers, Dave. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. At the age of 22, Eggers became both anorphan and a “single mother” when his parents died within five months of oneanother of unrelated cancers. Dave is appointed unofficial guardian of hiseight-year-old brother, Christopher, as they struggle together to stay afamily.

*Fick, Nathaniel.One Bullet Away: The Making of a MarineOfficer. An ex-Marine captainshares his story of fighting in a recon battalion in both Afghanistan and Iraq,beginning with his training at Quantico and following his progress in thedeadliest conflicts since the Vietnam War. Same Marines from Wright’sGeneration Kill. Graphic language and violence.

*Finkel, David. The Good Soldiers. Combining the action of Mark Bowden’s BlackHawk Down with the literary tone of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried,a reporter, embedded with Battalion 2-16, takes an unforgettable look at thosein the surge, the heroes and the ruined, returning from the Iraq War. Graphiclanguage and violence.

*Flynn, Sean Michael. The Fighting 69th: One RemarkableNational Guard Unit’s Journey From Ground Zero to Baghdad. This book presents a dramatic comparison ofthe Fighting 69th Infantry before and after the September 11, 2001 attacks,describing how a unit of largely untrained and unequipped immigrants became abattle-hardened troop in one of Baghdad’s most dangerous regions. Graphiclanguage and violence.

*Greenlaw, Linda. The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’sJourney. Originally profiledin Sebastian Junger’s hugely popular The Perfect Storm (1997), CaptainGreenlaw pens her account of one memorable fishing trip to the Grand Banks ofNewfoundland aboard her sword-fishing ship the Hannah Boden.
*Hornbacher, Marya. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia.Based on research and her own battle with anorexia and bulimia, which left herwith permanent physical ailments that nearly killed her, Hornbacher’s bookexplores the mysterious and ruthless realm of self-starvation, which has itsgrip firmly around the minds and bodies of adolescents all across this country.

*Kamkwamba, William. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: CreatingCurrents of Electricity and
. Young teen William,who taught himself enough physics and engineering to build a windmill and bringelectricity to his drought-stricken village, discovered the magic of his Malawihomeland in the miracles of science.

*Krakauer, Jonathan. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of theMount Everest Disaster.In May 1996, the author participated in an ill-fated climb that resulted in thedeath of his climbing mates.

*Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City. Written like a fictional thriller, this truestory is a gripping tale about two men — one a creative genius, the other amass murderer — who turned the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair into their playground.

*LeBleu, Joe. Long Rifle: One Man’s Deadly Sniper Missions inIraq and Afghanistan.Witty, passionate, and provocative, Long Rifle is both the first memoir by aU.S. Army sniper from the 9/11 generation and a stirring testament to the corevalues of American soldiers: integrity, honor, and courage. Also good companionto Buzzell’s My War on this list. Graphic language and violence.

*Luttrell, Marcus with Patrick Robinson. Lone Survivor: TheEyewitness Account of Operation
Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
The leader, and only survivor, of a team ofU.S.
Navy SEALs sent to northern Afghanistan to capture a well-known al Qaeda leaderchronicles
the events of the battle that killed his teammates and offers insight into thetraining of this elite
group of warriors. Graphic language and violence.

*Roach, Mary. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Livingin the Void. Explores what it’slike to live in space from gross-out basics like bodily functions and puking ina space helmet to philosophical thoughts on what makes us human and how thatchanges away from earth.

*Salzman, Mark. True Notebooks: A Writer’s Year at JuvenileHall. While teachingwriting to seventeen-year-olds detained in Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall,Salzman found himself surprised by the boys’ talent. The teens’ heartwarming,funny voices are included in this irresistible, provocative memoir.

*Sheff, David. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through HisSon’s Addiction. The story of oneteenager’s descent into methamphetamine addiction is told from his father’spoint of view, describing how a varsity athlete and honor student becameaddicted to the dangerous drug and its impact on his family. His son Nic’sstory is next on this list.

*Sheff, Nic. Tweak: (Growing up on Methamphetamines). The author details his immersion in a worldof hardcore drugs, revealing the mental and physical depths of addiction, andthe violent relapse one summer in California that forever changed his life,leading him down the road to recovery. Nic’s father’s story about Nic’saddiction is above this on this list.

*Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. True story of the Black woman whose cellswere used to create polio vaccine and many other scientific breakthroughs.Reads like a fiction book—a compelling tale of how science intersects withlife.

*Smithson, Ryan. Ghosts of War: A True Story of a 19-year-oldG.I. (aka :My Tour of Duty). This gripping read recounts the author’s experiences as anArmy engineer in the Iraq War. Good choice with LeBleu or Buzzell on this list.Graphic language and violence.

*Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle. Wall’s extraordinary memoir recounts heritinerant
childhood with two eccentric parents and the poverty and bullying that sheendured. A graceful, candid, and sometimes shocking story.

*Weisman, Alan. The World Without Us.
In this very accessible bookabout environmental science the author presents a study of what would happen toEarth if the human presence was removed. Weisberg examines our legacy for theplanet, from the objects that would vanish without human intervention to thosethat would become long-lasting remnants of humankind.

*Wooten, Jim. We Are All the Same: The Story of a Boy’sCourage and a Mother’s Love. The extraordinary story of the little South African boy whosebravery and fierce determination to make a difference despite being born withAIDS has made him the human symbol of the world’s fight against the disease,told by the veteran American journalist whose life he changed.

*Wright,Evan. Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face ofAmerican War. A narrative on the lives of twenty-three First Recon marines wholed the attack on Iraq describes their training and the physical andpsychological challenges they faced in skirmishes leading to the fall ofBaghdad. Same Marines from Fick’s One Bullet Away on this list. Graphiclanguage and violence.

*Zailckas, Koren. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood. From earliest experimentation to habitualexcess to full-blown abuse, 24-year-old Koren Zailckas leads us through herexperience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how bingedrinking becomes routine, how it becomes “the usual.” She persuades us that herstory is the story of thousands of girls like her who are notalcoholics—yet—but who use booze as a short cut to courage, a stand-in for goodjudgment, and a bludgeon for shyness, each of them failing to see how theiremotional distress, unarticulated hostility, and depression are entangled with theirsocially condoned binging.

Schlosser, Eric and Charles Wilson. Chew on This: EverythingYou Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food.Houghton. 2006. ISBN 978-0-61871-031-7. Gr7–10
CC Standard RI.8.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in atext, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant andsufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

Fast food—good or bad? In adapting Schlosser’s best seller FastFood Nation, the authors thoughtfully added material relevant to teens abouthow fast food is marketed to young people and about teenagers who work in fastfood restaurants. They point to problems with working conditions at therestaurants and with inhumane treatment of animals at companies that supplymeat. They also argue that fast food harms the environment and consumers’health. Students can consider whether the authors provide credible evidence fortheir arguments and if they acknowledge competing arguments about benefits offast food such as convenience and low prices.


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100Great Nonfiction Books

100of the best nonfiction books of all time: Must-read works of narrativenonfiction, essay collections, and classic journalism


Essay Collections

The New Kings of Nonfiction by Ira Glass

Abulletproof collection of the best narrative nonfiction from the late 90s andearly 00s.

A Supposedly FunThing I'll Never Do Again and Consider theLobster by David Foster Wallace

Betweenthem, these collections cover all of DFW's best nonfiction.

The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson

SpanningHST's golden age, includes journalism from National Observer, Rolling Stone andScanlan's. For more journalistic escapades check out his other classiccollection Kingdom of Fear

Don't Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff

"TheIndignities of Coach, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Endless Quest forArtisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems"

What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

Acollection of Gladwell's best New Yorker Essays.

The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby by Tom Wolfe

Thisfull-throttle tour through 1960s pop culture collects Wolfe's early journalism,which blazed a trail for a generation of writers.

Mythologies by Roland Barthes

Meditationson everything from milk and striptease to toys and wrestling.

Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Acollection of JJS' best magazine journalism and essays.

The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders

Oneof best contemporary essayists on everything from politics and literature totravel, optimism and enlightenment.

Essaysby E. B. White

Acollection of his best essays including the classic Here is New York.

Frank Sinatra Has a Cold by Gay Talese

Thegreatest articles and essays of genre-defining New Journalist.

Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon

Beautifulreflections on youth, adulthood, parenthood and growing up.

In Defense of Sanity by G. K. Chesterton

G.K.Chesterton's best essays may be 100 years old, but they still feel as freshtoday as when they were written.



Slouching TowardsBethlehem by Joan Didion

This1968 classic captured its era like few other books. Didion's The White Album is an equally arresting account of thefall-out from the cultural revolution, and her more recent The Year of Magical Thinking proves that she hasn't lostany of her brilliance.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Abeautiful prose poem about life, nature and perception.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Agreat collection of classic Sedaris including countless much loved pieces abouthis youth and the years he spent living in France. His other collections Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Naked put an equally sublime slant of the absurdities oflife.

My Misspent Youth by Meghan Daum

Acollection of outstanding essays about growing up in Generation X.

Lost in the Meritocracy by Walter Kirn

Acritical memoir of an Ivy-League education and the challenges facing an averageMidwestern student as he struggled through the social and bureaucraticminefield of one of America's top universities.

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Amemoir of art, love and music from a lost New York.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Takingto the road with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.

The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch

Amemoir of sexuality, gender and violence.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Thiscontroversial memoir by an extreme mother raises interesting questions aboutthe choices parents make and the cost of success.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
by Dave Eggers

Amemoir of lost youth that pushes the boundaries of nonfiction.



Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell

Spellbindingprofiles of the people who made a lost New York flawlessly rendered by a masterstoryteller.

The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup by Susan Orlean

Acollection of Orlean's very best profile pieces.

The Fiddler in the Subway by Gene Weingarten

Abound collection of Weingarten's best articles.

Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Thelives of the normal people who keep America running.


Travel and Adventure

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Thestory of a young man who gave up everything to answer the call of the wild, andended up paying the ultimate price. Into Thin Air, his account of an ill-fated expedition onEverest is also great reading.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Thedeadly search for a mythical city lost somewhere in the darkest Amazon, amagnet for generations of adventurers.

The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

Travellingthe length of Eurasia on the world's greatest railways.

My Kind of Place by Susan Orlean

"TravelStories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere"

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Theoctane story of the rocket jocks who conquered space.

River Town by Peter Hessler

Twoyears spent living in the heart of China during a time of massive social changeand cultural upheaval.

Travels In Siberia by Ian Frazier

Abreathtaking account of a roadtrip through the world's most fascinating frozenwasteland.

Driving Mr. Albert by Michael Paterniti

Abook length version of the excellent Harper's article -- a road trip acrossAmerica with Einstein's (actual) brain.

A Fortune-Teller Told Me by Tiziano Terzani

EarthboundTravels in the Far East

127 Hours by Aaron Ralston

Afascinatingly shocking survival story.



Moneyball by Michael Lewis

Abook-length version of the classic essay The Trading Desk tells the story ofthe people behind baseball's statistical revolution. Lewis' other great sportsbook The Blind Side is equally gripping.

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Oneof those rare books that grabs you regardless of whether you have an interestin the subject matter.

The Fight by Norman Mailer

Thestory of the Rumble in the Jungle as told by one of the greatest journalists inhistory.

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

Thestory of a small town's obsession with high-school football offers a greatwindow onto a cultural phenomenon.

How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
by Pierre Bayard

Anexcellent guide to an essential skill.

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klostermann

ALow Culture Manifesto.

Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith

Agreat collection of essays about literature, writing and culture, along withsome more personal pieces.

Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler

Theauthor expands on his truly great essay about the Museum of JurassicTechnology, reflecting on the role of the museum.


In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Amasterpiece of narrative journalism.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
by John Berendt

Agreat true crime story that reads like a novel.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Thechilling true tale of one of the world's prolific serial killers.


Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

Lifeunder one of the world's most repressive dictatorships, beautifully seenthrough the eyes of ordinary North Koreans.

Underground by Haruki Murakami

Agreat novelist explores the Japanese psyche through the lens of the sarin gasattacks on the Tokyo subway.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Thelives of the people that inhabit one of Mumbai's poorest slums.

Oranges by John McPhee

Somany of John McPhee's books could have been included on the list,but his beautiful narrative report from Florida's orange groves stands out inparticular.

The Outlaw Sea by William Langewiesche

Sixgreat articles about the ocean and the people who live on it. The author's American Ground, an account of the events at Ground Zerofollowing 9/11, is also a classic.


The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

Abeautifully constructed account of the interdependencies that exist betweenpeople and plants.

Dirt by David R. Montgomery

Therole of soil in civilization.

Krakatoa by Simon Winchester

Thehistorical, social and ecological effects of one of history's greatest naturalcatastrophes.

The Wave by Susan Casey

Travellingthe oceans in search of monster waves.


Science andTechnology

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
by Richard P. Feynman

Fascinatinginsights about the role of knowledge in society. And for those with an interestin physics, the author's Six Easy Pieces also comes highly recommended.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

A classicthat inspired a generation of writers with its accessible yet detaileddescriptions of the working of the universe.

Chaos by James Gleick

Anengaging introduction to the world of chaos theory.

Emergence by Steven Johnson

Arevealing account of how emergent properties explain a lot about cities,biological systems, networks, and society.

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Aspirited attack on the abuses of science perpetrated by big pharma,unscrupulous journalists, corporations and governments.

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

Theterrifying story of what can happen when the world's deadliest viruses begin tospread.

The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder

Thestory of group of engineers working at the birth of the PC. His Mountains Beyond Mountains is another great read about ascientist's quest to cure for infectious diseases.

Psychology and Society

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Howour 'two-speed brain' affects or choices and reactions, and helps explains ourintuitions and lack of rationality.

Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson

HowTV and computer games make you smart.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Whatsets high achievers apart from normal people? Gladwell's Blink, which investigates how we make decisions, and The Tipping Point, which explores social transformation,are fascinating too.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Howour habits reveal us, and what can do to steer them.

My Life as an Experiment by A. J. Jacobs

Acollection of experiments in modern living.

by Steven D. Levitt and Steven J. Dubner

Agreat look at how stats can be used to explain many of life's quirks.

The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Thepsychology of improbable events, and the effect it has on our lives.

NurtureShock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Rethinkingthe way we raise kids.

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Adventuresin memory.

You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney

Ajourney through the fascinating psychology of self-delusion.

Stiff by Mary Roach

Asurprisingly compelling account of the lives of corpses.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs

Adamning critique of urban planning in the US which engagingly explores howcities fit together, and how they define us.

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Afunny but incisive take on the problems (still!) facing women.



Debt by David Graeber

Ifyou don't know what money is, what do you know? Get informed!

Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis

Aninsider's guide to the bizarre rituals of Wall St. and the crash of '87. Andfor insights into the recent financial crisis through the eyes of the peoplewho saw it coming check out The Big Short

Griftopia by Matt Taibbi

"AStory of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in AmericanHistory."

Political Fictionsby Joan Didion

Greatessays about how politics has left real people behind.

The Great Derangement by Matt Taibbi

Ahighly critical look at the Bush administration in the post 9/11 era.

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

Howself-image is tied up with cultural standards of beauty.

No Logo by Naomi Klein

Klein'sattack on the economic excesses of consumerism, and The Shock Doctrine, her broadside against the exploitationof disasters, both natural and man made, are both equally thought provoking.

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

Thereality of low-paid work in the USA.

1491 by Charles C. Mann

Surprisingrevelations about life in the Americas Before Columbus.

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Howgeography, ecology and demographics have shaped the world. And his Collapse describes the downfall of great civilisationswhile asking whether we are standing at the brink.

The Gun by C. J. Chivers

Theorigins of the world's most popular weapon, the AK47, and the story of how itrevolutionised warfare.

A History of the World in 100 Objects
by Neil MacGregor

Howthe things that surround us shape us.

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Aneconomic and social history of the mineral we can't live without.

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Thestory of an American family in Hitler's Berlin, told by a master of narrativenonfiction.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt

Agreat historian tackles one of the most interesting periods with great insightand lucidity.

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

"AnIndian History of the American West"


Hiroshima by John Hersey

Theworld's first nuclear attack, through the eyes of its survivors. A journalisticmasterpiece.

Dispatches by Michael Herr

Classicreportage from the Vietnam war.

Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

Thegripping story of a military operation gone badly wrong in the snipers nest ofMogadishu.

Generation Kill by Evan Wright

Ridingshotgun with the marines and the new face of war in Iraq.

The Good War by Studs Terkel

Anoral history of the most catastrophic war humanity has ever seen.

Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides

"TheEpic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission"




The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker

Alucid primer on the fascinating science of linguistics which accessiblyexplains the complex origins and psychology of language.

The Story Of English by Robert McCrum

Acomprehensive history of the world's lingua franca, in all its forms.

The Information by James Gleick

Ahistory of information and communication technology.

The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan

Stretchesthe limits of the book as a format whilst offering deep insight into thefunctioning of the information world. And if that grabs your interest, read theweighty, but amazing, Understanding Media


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 TheOverachievers Alexandra Robbins

Freakonomics Malcolm Gladwell

Kabul Beauty School Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson

How Starbucks Saved My Life Michael Gates Gill

Teacher Man: A Memoir FrankMcCourt

Nickel and Dimed:On (Not) Getting by in America BarbaraEhrenreich

Sugar Changed The World Marc Aronson, Marina Budhos

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our BrainsNicholas Carr

Profiles in Courage John F. Kennedy

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age ofShow Business Neil Postman, Andrew Postman