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« on: September 22, 2006, 07:28:40 PM »

Hey guys  :)
My journalism professor is asking us to read a book by the end of this semester -to be chosen from a list that she gave us.

I picked 3 that attracted my attention -either because I had heard of them before or simply because of the subject matter ... the thing is, I need to read only one ... but which one?  :-\

I was hoping that you could help me make a choice -by posting your reviews if you've read one or all of them

- In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

- Picture, Lillian Ross

- The Executioner's Song, Norman Mailer


Thanks!  ;)
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2006, 09:13:15 PM »

Hmmm...haven't read any of them, :D but I've seen the movie of In Cold Blood.

How many books are on the list?
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2006, 09:49:24 PM »

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Here's the list:

1.   Truman Capote: In Cold Blood
2.   Joan Didion: Slouching Towards Bethlehem
3.   Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward,  All the President’s Men
4.   John Hersey: Hiroshima
5.   Randy Shilts: And the Band Played On: Poitics, People and the AIDS Epidemic
6.   Tom Wolfe: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
7.   Nicholas Lemann: The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America
8.   Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele: America: What Went Wrong?
9.   John McPhee: The John McPhee Reader
10.   Norman Mailer: The Executioner's Song
11.   Greil Marcus: Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music,
12.   H.G. Bissinger: Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
13.   Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail
14.   Lillian Ross: Picture
15.   Gay Talese: Fame and Obscurity: Portraits by Gay Talese
16.   William Shirer: Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1939–1941, collected articles
17.   James Agee and Walker Evans: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
18.   John Reed: Ten Days That Shook the World
19.   Rachel Carson: Silent Spring
20.   W.E.B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk
21.   I. F. Stone, The Trial of Socrates
22.   J. Anthony Lukas: Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
23.   Martha Gellhorn: The Face of War
24.   James Baldwin: The Fire Next Time
25.   Betty Friedan: The Feminine Mystique
26.   Ralph Nader: Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile
27.   Neil Sheehan: A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
28.   Janet Flanner (Genet): Paris Journal: 1944-1955
29.   David Remnick: Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire
30.   Joe McGinniss: The Selling of the President
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2006, 10:01:01 PM »

Hello AB.  I highly recommend Friday Night Lights.
.Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail In  72 was not Hunter's best but it is a good read though.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2006, 10:54:09 PM »

Hi, Richard Earl  :)

I've considered reading Friday Night Lights -I watched the show's premiere on NBC btw -pretty good.
But, I don't know, since I'm not really into football, I was afraid I might get bored -especially if it gets too technical  :o

I've read HST's Kingdom Of Fear. I like his style.

Isn't Fear And Loathing... about the Nixon campaign?
The thing is, it's kinda hard to follow his train of thought sometimes. So since I'll have to write and give in a review of the book at the end of the semester, I thought I'd pick something easier.

Doesn't mean I won't read them someday, though.

Thanks for your input  ;)
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2006, 11:36:18 PM »

Yes AB. It is about the Nixon campaign and it is quite wordy but worth reading.
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2006, 12:15:50 AM »

I vote "All The President's Men" just because the movie is absolute brilliance.
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