Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Communication & Journalism. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
An essential volume for generations of writers young and old, Bird by Bird is a modern classic. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition will continue to spark creative minds for years to come. For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Anne’s father—also a writer—in the iconic passage that gives the book its title: “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’”
- Author: Anne Lamott
- Publisher: Anchor; 1st edition (September 1, 1995)
- Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
- ISBN: 978-0385480017
- Dimensions: 5.19 x 0.72 x 7.98 inches
2. Leadership: Theory and Practice
In this fully updated Eight Edition of Leadership: Theory and Practice , a new chapter on Followership examines the central role followers play in the leadership process and unpacks the characteristics of both effective and ineffective followers. The new edition also includes a new Ethical Leadership Style Questionnaire and new coverage on the dark side of leadership and destructive leadership. Adopted at more than 1600 institutions in 89 countries and translated into 13 different languages, this market leading text successfully combines an academically robust account of the major theories and models of leadership with an accessible style and special emphasis on how leadership theory can inform leadership practice. Peter G. Northouse uses a consistent structure for each chapter, allowing students to easily compare and contrast the various theories. Case studies and questionnaires provide students with practical examples and opportunities to deepen their personal understanding of their own leadership.
- Author: Peter G. Northouse
- Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 8th edition (March 16, 2018)
- Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership
- ISBN: 978-1506362311
- Dimensions: 6 x 1.19 x 9 inches
3. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
Technology and increasing levels of education have exposed people to more information than ever before. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything: with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia, average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats. All voices, even the most ridiculous, demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism. Tom Nichols' The Death of Expertise shows how this rejection of experts has occurred: the openness of the internet, the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education, and the transformation of the news industry into a 24 hour entertainment machine, among other reasons. Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information, rather than producing an educated public, has instead created an army of ill informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement. When ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy or, in the worst case, a combination of both. An update to the 2017breakout hit, the paperback edition of The Death of Expertise provides a new foreword to cover the alarming exacerbation of these trends in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election. Judging from events on the ground since it first published, The Death of Expertise issues a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age that is even more important today.
- Author: Tom Nichols
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2018)
- Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
- ISBN: 978-0190865979
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 3 inches
4. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (Harvest in Translation)
"After reading Teaching to Transgress I am once again struck by bell hooks's never-ending, unquiet intellectual energy, an energy that makes her radical and loving." -- Paulo Freire In Teaching to Transgress , bell hooks--writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual--writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom . Teaching students to "transgress" against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher's most important goal. bell hooks speaks to the heart of education today: how can we rethink teaching practices in the age of multiculturalism? What do we do about teachers who do not want to teach, and students who do not want to learn? How should we deal with racism and sexism in the classroom? Full of passion and politics, Teaching to Transgress combines a practical knowledge of the classroom with a deeply felt connection to the world of emotions and feelings. This is the rare book about teachers and students that dares to raise questions about eros and rage, grief and reconciliation, and the future of teaching itself. "To educate is the practice of freedom," writes bell hooks, "is a way of teaching anyone can learn." Teaching to Transgress is the record of one gifted teacher's struggle to make classrooms work.
- Author: bell hooks
- Publisher: Routledge (September 12, 1994)
- Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Pop Culture
- ISBN: 978-0415908085
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.51 x 9 inches
5. Understanding Human Communication
Understanding Human Communication addresses students' perception that they already know how to communicate--an issue faced by every faculty member. By artfully weaving cutting-edge academic research and theory into the clear, down-to-earth, and student-friendly narrative, the authors help students understand the complexity and depth of human communication and public speaking. The series of concepts builds logically through the chapter sequence, enabling students to further deepen their communication skills as they progress through the book. By accessing the text's integrated digital resources--contemporary and brief video clips; tutorials; and self-assessments---students will be able to see concepts applied in real scenarios, making their learning more meaningful.
- Author: Ronald B. Adler
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 14th edition (December 6, 2019)
- Genre: Reference, Words, Language & Grammar
- ISBN: 978-0190925697
- Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
6. Essential Communication
This is no ordinary textbook. With its revamped design, highly visual features, and concise coverage, the second edition of Essential Communication is a practical, interactive guide for students. Exercises and self quizzes help students reflect on their own communication patterns and improve their skills. Focused on the fundamentals, every element of this text helps students become better communicators online, in person, at home, and at work.
- Author: Ronald Adler
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (December 14, 2018)
- Genre: Reference, Words, Language & Grammar
- ISBN: 978-0190650087
- Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
7. Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice
The Fourth Edition of Peter G. Northouse’s bestselling Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice provides readers with a clear overview of the complexities of practicing leadership and concrete strategies for becoming better leaders. The text is organized around key leader responsibilities such as creating a vision, establishing a constructive climate, listening to outgroup members, and overcoming obstacles. Three interactive components in every chapter―self assessment questionnaires, observational exercises, and reflection and action worksheets―get readers actively involved in applying leadership concepts to their own lives. Grounded in leadership theory and the latest research, the fully updated, highly practical Fourth Edition includes a new chapter on how leaders can embrace diversity and inclusion, as well as new material on the dark side of leadership and a new ethical leadership style questionnaire.
- Author: Peter G. Northouse
- Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 4th edition (March 10, 2017)
- Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Social Sciences
- ISBN: 978-1506330082
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.76 x 9.25 inches
8. Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University
Interested in journalism and creative writing and want to write a book? Read inspiring stories and practical advice from America’s most respected journalists. The country’s most prominent journalists and nonfiction authors gather each year at Harvard’s Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. Telling True Stories presents their best advice—covering everything from finding a good topic, to structuring narrative stories, to writing and selling your first book. More than fifty well-known writers offer their most powerful tips, including: • Tom Wolfe on the emotional core of the story • Gay Talese on writing about private lives • Malcolm Gladwell on the limits of profiles • Nora Ephron on narrative writing and screenwriters • Alma Guillermoprieto on telling the story and telling the truth • Dozens of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists from the Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and more . . . The essays contain important counsel for new and career journalists, as well as for freelance writers, radio producers, and memoirists. Packed with refreshingly candid and insightful recommendations, Telling True Stories will show anyone fascinated by the art of writing nonfiction how to bring people, scenes, and ideas to life on the page.
- Author: Mark Kramer
- Publisher: Plume; 1st edition (January 30, 2007)
- Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
- ISBN: 978-0452287556
- Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
9. The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
A New Yorker and Fortune Best Book of the Year "A must-read for all Americans who want to remain the ones deciding what they can read, watch, and listen to.” —Arianna Huffington Analyzing the strategic maneuvers of today’s great information powers—Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T—Tim Wu uncovers a time-honored pattern in which invention begets industry and industry begets empire. It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industry—from the telephone to radio to film—once existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today. Each of these, however, grew to be dominated by a monopolist or cartel. In this pathbreaking book, Tim Wu asks: will the Internet follow the same fate? Could the Web—the entire flow of American information—come to be ruled by a corporate leviathan in possession of "the master switch"? Here, Tim Wu shows how a battle royale for the Internet’s future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out.
- Author: Tim Wu
- Publisher: Vintage; Illustrated edition (November 29, 2011)
- Genre: Business & Money, Biography & History
- ISBN: 978-0307390998
- Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
10. Eliciting Sounds: Techniques and Strategies for Clinicians
Most speech-language pathologists will, at one time or another, experience the frustration that often accompanies attempts to elicit new speech sound behaviors in their clients. This is especially true when a client does not have a target sound in his or her response repertoire. Eliciting Sounds: Techniques and Strategies for Clinicians is a quick, easy-to-use compendium of techniques for immediately evoking any phoneme targeted for remediation. This new edition of the classic resource continues to provide the most clinically relevant information in a compact, accessible format. No clinical speech-language pathologist should be without Eliciting Sounds.
- Author: Wayne A. Secord
- Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2nd edition (March 14, 2007)
- Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
- ISBN: 978-1401897253
- Dimensions: 6.52 x 0.3 x 9.06 inches