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The Last Magazine: A Novel
by Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings' debut novel, discovered in his files after his untimely death in June 2013, is "wickedly funny, sharp and fast-paced: a great book about print journalism’s last glory days."

The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself
by Andrew Pettegree

Andrew Pettegree tracks the history of news in 10 countries over the course of four centuries, evaluating the unexpected variety of ways in which information has been transmitted.

Disruption Revolution: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and the New Rules of Leadership
by David Passiak

David Passiak serves up "the most comprehensive and in-depth collection of perspectives on disruption," featuring interviews with the likes of Seth Godin, Robert Scoble and Sarah Lacy.

The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age
by Astra Taylor

Astra Taylor argues that for all that we "tweet" and "share," the Internet in fact reflects real-world inequities. And a handful of giants like Apple, Google and Facebook are "the gatekeepers."

Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs
by Yukari Iwatani Kane

Wall Street Journal tech reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane delves inside Apple after Steve Jobs's death, revealing the challenges CEO Tim Cook faces as he tries to move the company forward.

Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind
by Biz Stone

The co-founder of Twitter tells personal stories from his life, sharing his knowledge about the nature and importance of ingenuity. He also addresses ambition, failure and "the value of vulnerability."

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
by Arianna Huffington

"I had my wake-up call when I found myself on the floor in a pool of blood. I had collapsed from exhaustion, breaking my cheekbone. I was working 18-hour days to build The Huffington Post ..."

Everybody's Got Something
by Robin Roberts

ABC "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts provides an inspiring memoir of her life, including her public battle with breast cancer and a rare bone-marrow disorder.

There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll
by Lisa Robinson

Journalist Lisa Robinson has four decades' worth of stories about the many rock 'n' roll stars she hung with and wrote about. "She knew Mick Jagger before he got his teeth fixed."

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
by Glenn Greenwald

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have evidence of government spying. That source turned out to be Edward Snowden.

The News: A User's Manual
by Alain De Botton

Archetypal news stories — including an airplane crash, a murder and a celebrity interview — are submitted to intense analysis with a view toward "helping us navigate our news-soaked age."

Rupert Murdoch: A Reassessment
by Rodney Tiffen

This biography traces the media tycoon's business trajectory, from the entrepreneurial strategies that led to his early successes to his later "exercises of monopolistic power."

The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country
by Gabriel Sherman

New York magazine journalist Gabriel Sherman offers a "deeply reported journey inside the secretive world of Fox News and the life of its combative, visionary founder."

Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
by Nick Bilton

The New York Times's Nick Bilton explores what happened inside Twitter as the company grew at exponential speeds, in this "tale of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles."

Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution
by Fred Vogelstein

Wired contributing editor Fred Vogelstein investigates the bitter rivalry between Apple and Google — as well as "the future of media in Silicon Valley, New York and Hollywood."

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
by Brad Stone

Bloomberg Businessweek writer Brad Stone provides "a dynamic portrait of the driven and demanding Mr. Bezos," in an account told with "authority, verve and lots of well-informed reporting."

Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products
by Leander Kahney

Leander Kahney, editor and publisher of, shows how designer Jony Ive's collaboration with Steve Jobs produced some of the world's most iconic tech products.

Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives
by Randi Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg's sister offers a guide to understanding how technology and social media influence our lives online and off, addressing issues of privacy and etiquette.

The Circle
by Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers's novel "takes vengeance" on the likes of Google and Facebook, in this "vivid, roaring dissent to the companies that have coaxed us to disgorge every thought and action onto the web."

Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better
by Clive Thompson

Wired columnist Clive Thompson argues that the Internet age has produced a radical new style of human intelligence, worthy of both celebration and analysis.

Time: Inside the Red Border
by Editors of Time Magazine

Thousands of weekly statements of "who and what matters" are compiled into a single volume that traces modern history through Time's iconic artwork and stories.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful
by Editors of Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated serves up the inside story of how an eight-page travel piece evolved into one of the most powerful — and hotly anticipated — media events of the year.

Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age
by Graydon Carter

Vanity Fair showcases a century of personality and power, art and commerce, crisis and culture, from the magazine's inception in 1913 through to the Information Age.

Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years
by Alexander Vreeland

This compilation of more than 250 pieces of personal correspondence by Diana Vreeland reveals the legendary Vogue editor in chief through her own inimitable words.

It's Modern: The Eye and Visual Influence of Alexander Liberman
by Charles Churchward

This volume celebrates the creative eye of the famed Conde Nast editorial director who, through his art, photography, design and magazine work, helped change visual culture.

From Scratch: Inside the Food Network
by Allen Salkin

This behind-the-scenes story of the Food Network uncovers the business, media and cultural juggernaut that has changed the way America thinks about food.

Johnny Carson
by Henry Bushkin

Johnny Carson's lawyer and sell-described wingman and confidant provides a revealing account of the King of Late Night at the height of his fame and power.

Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney
by Piers Morgan

CNN host Piers Morgan discusses his refusal to bend to public pressure or political correctness, from his childhood in England to his rise to fame in the United States.

Scandal: A Manual
by George Rush, Joanna Molloy

The memoir by the husband-and-wife team of George Rush and Joanna Molloy chronicles their titillating tales of public figure gossip pre-Internet age.

Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy
by Victoria Kastner

"Hearst Ranch" takes an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the stunningly beautiful 82,000-acre cattle ranch surrounding William Randolph Hearst’s legendary Hearst Castle.

Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires
by David Folkenflik

NPR media writer David Folkenflik shows how Rupert Murdoch survived the scandals that rocked his international media conglomerate — "and the true cost of this survival."

Breaking News: Sex, Lies and the Murdoch Succession
by Paul Barry

At age 82, Rupert Murdoch is divorcing his third wife and gearing up for the toughest challenge of his life: to hand his empire on to his children. But is this the end of the Murdoch dynasty?

The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business
by Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen

Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen present their "widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future — a world where everyone is connected."

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook's COO encourages women to challenge the common assumption that "men still run the world." According to Oprah Winfrey, the book is a "new manifesto for women."

Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator
by Ryan Holiday

"Blogs like Gawker, BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post drive the media agenda. ... Manipulators wield these levers to shape everything you read, see and hear."

Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business
by Lynda Obst

Lynda Obst gives an inside account of how the movie industry has changed and "offers hope that Hollywood will meet the challenges of the digital age," says Arianna Huffington.

Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution
by Brett Martin

GQ writer Brett Martin probes the rise and inner workings of cable television, featuring interviews with the likes of David Chase ("The Sopranos") and Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men").

A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur's Story
by John Hendricks

John Hendricks describes building Discovery Communications, including accounts of an unsuccessful tie-up with the New York Times and the creation of the Oprah Winfrey TV network.

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic
by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

When James L. Brooks and Allan Burns proposed an edgy show about a divorced woman with a career, CBS replied: "American audiences won't tolerate divorce in a series' lead."

VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave
by Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, Gavin Edwards

MTV's original VJs offer a behind-the-scenes oral history of the early years of MTV, when it was exploding, reshaping the culture and creating "the MTV generation."

An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media
by Joe Muto

The "Fox Mole," who made headlines with his dispatches for Gawker, delivers a memoir of his eight years at Fox News Channel working as an associate producer for Bill O'Reilly.

Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV
by Brian Stelter

The new book by New York Times reporter Brian Stelter promises to reveal "the dish and dirt behind the polite smiles and perky demeanors of morning TV, based on all new reporting."

Roger Ailes: Off Camera
by Zev Chafets

Journalist Zev Chafets received unprecedented access to Fox News chief Roger Ailes and his family, friends and colleagues. The result is "a candid, compelling portrait of a fascinating man."

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns
Lauren Weisberger

Lauren Weisberger, author of "The Devil Wears Prada," returns with a sequel. Almost 10 years after Andy Sachs quits her job at Runway, she starts up a magazine of her own.

Lunch with the FT: 52 Classic Interviews
Edited by Lionel Barber

To commemorate its 125th anniversary, the Financial Times rounded up "Lunch with the FT" interviews with many high-profile figures, ranging from Angela Merkel to P. Diddy.

The Vogue Factor
by Kirstie Clements

Kirstie Clements, who was "unceremoniously sacked" after 13 years as editor of Vogue Australia, "tells the story behind the headlines, and takes us behind the scenes of a fast-changing industry."

The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail But Some Don't
by Nate Silver

New York Times blogger and "national sensation" Nate Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

The Amazon Economy
by Barney Jopson, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

Kindle Edition: Financial Times journalists aim to tell you "everything you need to know" about Amazon, the technological giant that is now much more than an online retailer.

Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook's Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg
by Ekaterina Walter

"Whether you're a seasoned business executive or the next Mark Zuckerberg in your dorm room right now, this book is a must-read! Two likeable thumbs up!"

Pioneers of Digital: Success Stories from Leaders in Advertising, Marketing, Search and Social Media
by Paul Springer, Mel Carson

"Pioneers of Digital" tells the stories behind people who have influenced the way advertising, marketing, search and social media have evolved during the Internet era.

Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs
by Gina Keating

Journalist Gina Keating gives readers "behind-the-scenes access to a story that continues to play out in America's mailboxes, living rooms and mobile devices every day."

Networked: The New Social Operating System
by Lee Rainie, Barry Wellman

The ascent of the Internet, mobile tools and social media are woven into "a single clarifying story of our present and future life in the 21st century."

Social Media Is Bullshit
by B.J. Mendelson

B.J. Mendelson, journalist and social critic, offers a "provocative look at social media that dispels the hype and tells you all you need to know about using the web to expand your business."

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution
by Chris Anderson

Wired magazine departing editor Chris Anderson takes readers to the front lines of a "new industrial revolution," as today's entrepreneurs "bring manufacturing to the desktop."

Variety: An Illustrated History of the World from the Most Important Magazine in Hollywood
by Tim Gray

"An illuminating view of the world as seen through the tinted lens of Hollywood’s most important chronicler of entertainment news and show business."

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace
by Lynn Povich

In March 1970, 46 Newsweek female employees charged the magazine with discrimination in hiring and promotion -- the first-ever female class action lawsuit.

Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Conde Nast
by Nathalie Herschdorfer

This coffee-table book features more than 200 photos by leading fashion photographers of the last 100 years as seen in the pages of Conde Nast magazines.

Grace: A Memoir
by Grace Coddington

Grace Coddington, the long-time creative director of Vogue magazine, "now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far."

The Last Newspaperman
by Mark Di Ionno

In his first novel, New Jersey Star-Ledger reporter Mark Di Ionno explores the roots of tabloid journalism and the rise of celebrity media culture.

Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path from Print to Digital
by Stephen B. Shepard

Stephen B. Shepard, a former editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek, explores how the digital age has changed the role of advertising and altered the way journalists approach their craft.

The Forbes Model For Journalism in the Digital Age
by Lewis DVorkin

Kindle Edition: Forbes Media chief Lewis DVorkin describes his company's entrepreneurial approach to journalism, which means "listening and engaging with news consumers."

Hooked Up: A New Generation's Surprising Take on Sex, Politics and Saving the World
by Jack Myers

Kindle Edition: Media ecologist Jack Myers shares insights into the first generation to grow up with the Internet and how they are likely to impact business, culture and society.

The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network
by Katherine Losse

Early Facebook employee Katherine Losse promises an insider's account of the social network's rise and of the "hackers, VCs and ivy league grads who worked (and played) there."

The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything
by Michael Saylor

MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor asserts that the changes brought by mobile computing are so big and widespread that "it's impossible for us to see it all."

Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever: The Inside Story of How One Insane Gamble, Tons of Unbelievable Hype, and Millions of Wild Deals Made Billions for One Ballsy Joker
by Frank Sennett

Time Out Chicago editor Frank Sennett delivers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes account of the rise of online coupon giant Groupon and the story of founder Andrew Mason.

Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired--and Secretive--Company Really Works
by Adam Lashinsky

Adam Lashinsky, senior editor at large for Fortune magazine, offers "exclusive new information about how Apple innovates and is handling the transition into the Post Steve Jobs Era."

Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us
by Andrew Keen

"Cult of the Amateur" author Andrew Keen argues that social media is "weakening, disorienting and dividing us rather than establishing the dawn of a new egalitarian and communal age."

Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
by Warren Littlefield, T. R. Pearson

Former NBC exec Warren Littlefield rounds up recollections from the people behind "Seinfeld," "Friends," "ER" and other hit series from the 1990s era of Must See TV.

Exit Interview
by David Westin

Former ABC News president David Westin "writes with vivid experience and clarity about real life on the high wire of TV journalism," according to Walter Isaacson.

Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture
by Andy Cohen

The Bravo TV exec behind the "Real Housewives" franchise writes about his lifelong love affair with pop culture that brought him from the suburbs of St. Louis to his own TV show.

Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News
by Dan Rather, Digby Diehl

Dan Rather's memoir includes his thoughts on the state of journalism today and what he sees for its future, as well as never-before-revealed personal observations.

by Douglas Brinkley

This "deeply researched and brilliantly analytic" biography of Walter Cronkite "captures his essence," according to Walter Isaacson. "It's a fascinating and valuable tale."

Yours in Truth: A Personal Portrait of Ben Bradlee
by Jeff Himmelman

"I hope we're as good friends when you finish your book as we are now," Ben Bradlee told the author of this biography. "But I don't give a [expletive] what you write about me."

Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britian
by Tom Watson, Martin Hickman

"Dial M for Murdoch" promises details about News Corp.'s British phone-hacking scandal that "have never been disclosed before in public, including smears and threats."

Flip the Script: How to Turn the Tables and Win in Business and Life
by Bill Wackermann

Conde Nast publishing director Bill Wackermann says that by "flipping the script" you can "create options and make personal changes in both your professional and personal life."

The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption
by Clay A. Johnson

Clay Johnson, co-founder of the firm behind Barack Obama's online presidential campaign, shows how to be more selective in today's glut of emails, texts, tweets and downloads.

The Bloomberg Way: A Guide for Reporters and Editors
by Matthew Winkler

Bloomberg News provides "the definitive guide to reporting and editing the story of money" with this internal manual compiled over the course of two decades.

The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine
by David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt, Media Matters for America

The news watchdog group Media Matters for America asserts that Fox News has changed from a right-leaning news network into a partisan advocate for the Republican party.

Rupert Murdoch, The Master Mogul of Fleet Street
by Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair's "no-holds-barred" e-book rounds up 20 stories from the magazine, tracing the rise of media mogul Rupert Murdoch "and illuminating the roots of his current predicament."

Phone Hacking: How the Guardian broke the story
by The Guardian

This e-book from the Guardian promises to deliver the "definitive guide" to the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, by the newspaper that broke the story.

Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns
by John Avlon, Jesse Angelo, Errol Louis

Editors from Newsweek/Daily Beast, The Daily and NY1 celebrate "the relevance" of the newspaper column with this anthology of "an American art form."

Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark
by Brian Kellow

A decade after her death, Pauline Kael "remains the most important figure in film criticism," in part due to the enormous influence she exerted at The New Yorker.

And Nothing but the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert
by Lisa Rogak

Who is Stephen Colbert really? Biographer Lisa Rogak examines the man behind the "Daily Show" character, revealing the roots of Colbert's humor as she charts his rise to celebrity.

Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson

The release of this much-anticipated biography was moved up following the death of the Apple co-founder. Author Walter Isaacson is a former managing editor of Time magazine.

One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of
by Richard Brandt

Businessweek former tech writer Richard Brandt charts the career of Amazon founder/CEO Jeff Bezos, from "computer nerd to world-changing entrepreneur."

Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back
by Robert Levine

Robert Levine, a former top editor of Billboard magazine, "dissects the current climate of the struggling American media companies caught in the fiscal grip of the digital industry."

The Innovator's Cookbook: Essentials for Inventing What Is Next
by Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson rounds up insights from the likes of Google's Marisa Mayer and Twitter's Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey for this "foundational text" on the subject of innovation.

Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live
by Jeff Jarvis

Despite the warnings of privacy advocates, the Internet and our new sense of publicness do not make us more vulnerable to threats, argues media blogger Jeff Jarvis.

The Ascent of Media: From Gilgamesh to Google via Gutenberg
by Roger Parry

Roger Parry traces mankind's journey from clay tablets to Apple's iPad. Traditional media is not declining, he asserts. Instead, it is "on the cusp of a new era in which it will evolve and thrive."

The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking
by Mark Bauerlein

This collection of essays on the perils and promise of social media rounds up writings by Steven Johnson, Douglas Rushkoff, Clay Shirky and other top thinkers.

The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution
by Brian Solis

Altimeter Group principal Brian Solis explores "each layer of the complex consumer revolution that is changing the future of business, media and culture."

Madboy: My Journey from Adboy to Adman
by Richard Kirshenbaum

Richard Kirshenbaum, the "quirky, fun and loquacious" co-founder of the Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners agency, writes about his adventures in advertising.

Piers Morgan: The Biography
by Emily Herbert

This new biography promises to tell "the real story" behind the man who scored one of the biggest gigs in U.S. television -- replacing Larry King on CNN.

I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
by Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum

This "definitive, revealing and amazingly well-reported" account of MTV's first decade features interviews with nearly 400 music artists, directors, VJs, and TV and music execs.

Life Itself: A Memoir
by Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert tells the story of his life and career, including his friendship with fellow film critic Gene Siskel, his battle with thyroid cancer and his work at the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy
by Deborah Davis

This $50 coffee-table book celebrates 25 years of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," with essays from a group of big-name contributors ranging from Maya Angelou to John Travolta.

From Yesterday to TODAY: Six Decades of Historical Moments, Unforgettable Segments, and Newsmaking Interviews
by Stephen Battaglio

TV Guide's Stephen Battaglio tells the story of NBC's "Today," as the morning show turns 60, through snapshots of key world events and hundreds of photos.

The Newslife: From Arkansas to Aruba
by Stephen Cohen

Stephen Cohen offers an "unvarnished account" of the development of TV news, "laden with characters from Damon Runyon types to the legendary Bill Paley."

My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir
by Mark Whitaker

Mark Whitaker, CNN managing editor and former Newsweek editor in chief, offers a "deeply personal, instructive and unsparing" account of his life in a bi-racial American family.

The Fall of the House of Forbes: The Inside Story of the Collapse of a Media Empire
by Stewart Pinkerton

Stewart Pinkerton, a former managing editor of Forbes magazine, promises to reveal the "hubris, greed, personal quirks and awful decisions that helped bring down a media icon."




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