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These are books which helped with the research for Flat Earth News and/or which are just worth reading if you want background.



Ashcroft, Michael. Dirty Politics, Dirty Times. (London: MAA Publishing, 2005)

Bergen, Peter. The Osama bin Laden I Know. An oral history of al Qaeda's leader. (New York: Free Press, 2006)
Bernays, Edward. Propaganda (New York: Ig Publishing, 2005, original publication 1928)
Bolton, Roger. Death on the Rock and other stories. (London: WH Allen, 1990)
Borjesson, Kristian, Ed. Into The Buzzsaw. Leading journalists expose the myth of a free press. (New York: Prometheus Books, 2004)
Boorstin, Daniel. The Image. A guide to pseudo-events in America. (New York: Vintage, 1992, original publication 1961)
Broder, David. Behind the Front Page. A candid look at how news is made. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987)



Cardiff University's report on the quality and independence of British journalism, commissioned by Nick Davies and repeatedly quoted during the early chapters of Flat Earth News, is at http://www.mediawise.org.uk/display_page.php?id=999

Curran, James; Gaber, Ivor; and Julian Petley. Culture Wars. The media and the British left. (London: Edinburgh University Press, 2005)

Davis, Aeron. Public Relations Democracy. Public relations, politics and the mass media in Britain. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002)
Deacon, Richard. The Truth Twisters. Disinformation: the making and spreading of official distortions, half-truths and lies. (London: Macdonald, 1987)
Dorril, Stephen. MI6. Fifty years of special operations. (London: Fourth Estrate, 2000).

Ellul, Jacques. Propaganda. The formation of men's attitudes. (New York: Vintage, 1973)
Evans, Harold. Good Times, Bad Times. (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1983)
Ewen, Stuart. PR! A social history of spin. (New York: Basic Books, 1996)

Fenton, Tom. Bad News. The decline of reporting, the business of news and the danger to us all. (New York: ReganBooks, 2005)
Fletcher, Richard. British Propaganda Since World War II. A case study. (London: Media, Culture and Society, 1982)
Friel, Howard and Falk, Richard. The Record of the Paper. How the New York times misreports US foreign policy. (New York: Verso, 2004)
Franklin, Bob. Packaging Politics. (London: Arnold, 2004)

Giles, Frank. Sundry Times. (London: John Murray, 1986)
Glenton, George and Pattinson, William. The Last Chronicle of Bouverie Street
Greenslade, Roy. Press Gang. How newspapers make profit from propaganda. (London: Macmillan, 2003)

Hall, Richard. My Life with Tiny. A biography of Tiny Rowland. (Faber and Faber, 1987)
Harris, Robert. Gotcha! The media, the government and the Falklands crisis (London: Faber and Faber, 1983)
Harris, Robert. Selling Hitler. The story of the Hitler diaries. (London: Faber and Faber, 1986)
Harris, Robert. Good and Faithful Servant. The unauthorised biography of Bernard Ingham. (London: Faber and Faber,1990)
Harris, Thomas. Value-Added Public Relations. The secret weapon of integrated marketing. (New York: NTC Business Books, 1998)
Hashim, Ahmed. Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq (London: C Hurst and Co, 2006)
Herman, Edward and Chomsky, Noam. Manufacturing Consent (London: Vintage, 1994)
Hobsbawm, Julia. Ed. Where the Truth Lies. Trust and morality in PR and journalism (London: Atlantic Books, 2006)
Hounam, Peter. The Woman From Mossad. The torment of Mordechai Vanunu. (London: Vision Paperbacks, 1999)

Jack, Ian. Gibraltar. (Cambridge: Granta, 1988)
Jones, Nicholas. The Control Freaks. How New Labour gets its own way. (London: Politico's, 2001)
Jones, Nicholas. Trading Information. Leaks, lies and tip-offs. (London: Politico's, 2006)

Kampfner, John. Blair's Wars. (London: Free Press, 2003)
Kitty, Alexandra. Don't Believe It. How lies becomes news. (New York: Disinformation Company, 2005)
Knightley, Phillip. The First Casualty. From the Crimea to Vietnam: the war correspondent as hero, propagandist and myth maker. (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 2005)
Kovach, Bill and Rosentiel, Tom. The Elements of Journalism. (London: Atlantic Books, 2003)
Kurtz, Howard. Spin Cycle. Inside the Clinton propaganda machine. (London: Pan, 1998)

Lashmar, Paul and Oliver, James. Britain's Secret Propaganda War. (London: Sutton Publishing, 1998)
Lester, Julius. Look Out, Whitey! Black Power's Gon' Get Your Mama. (New York; Grove Press, 1968)
Lloyd, John. What the Media Are Doing to Our Politics. (London: Constable, 2004)
Lovelock, James. The Revenge of Gaia. Why the Earth is fighting back and how we can still save humanity. (London: Penguin, 2006)

MacArthur, John. Second Front. Censorship and propaganda in the 1991 Gulf war. (London: University of California Press, 2004)
Margach, James. The Abuse of Power. The war between Downing Street and the media. (London: WH Allen, 1978)
Mayhew, Christopher and Adams, Michael. Publish It Not. The Middle East cover-up. (Oxfoid: Signal Books, 2006. Original publication 1975)
Meyer, Philip. The Vanishing Newspaper. Saving journalism in the information age. (New York: University of Missouri Press, 2004)
Moncrieff, Chris. Living on a Deadline. A history of the Press Association. (London: Virgin Books, 2001)

Napoleoni, Loretta. Insurgent Iraq. Al Zarqawi and the new generation. (London: Constable, 2005)
Neil, Andrew. Full Disclosure. (London: Macmillan, 1996)

Oborne, Peter. The Rise of Political Lying(London: Free Press, 2005)
Oborne, Peter and Walters, Simon. Alastair Campbell. (London: Aurum, 2004)

Packard, Vance. The Hidden Persuaders (New York: David McKay, 1957)
Page, Bruce. The Murdoch Archipelago (London: Simon and Schuster, 2003)
Page, Bruce; Leitch, David; Knightley, Phillip. Philby, the spy who betrayed a generation. (London: Andre Deutsch, 1969)
Palast, Greg. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. An investigative reporter exposes the truth about globalization, corporate cons and high finance fraudsters.(London; Pluto Press, 2002)
Parry, Roobert. Secrecy and Privilege. Rise of the Bush dynasty from Watergate to Iraq. (New York: The Media Consortium, 2004)
Phillips, Peter and Project Censored. Censored 2006 - the top 25 censored stories. ((New York: Seven Stories Press, 2006)
Pike Report on the CIA. (New York: Spokesman Books,1977)
Price, Lance. The Spin Doctor's Diary. Inside Number 10 with New Labour. (London: Hodder and Stoughton,2006)

Rampton, Sheldon and Stauber, John. Weapons of Mass Deception. The use of propaganda in Bush's war on Iraq. (London: Robinson, 2003)
Rampton, Sheldon and Stauber, John. Toxic Sludge is Good For Your. Lies, damn lies and the public relations industry. (London: Robinson, 2004)
Read, Donald. The Power of News. The history of Reuters. (London: Oxford University Press, 1992)
Ritter, Scott. Iraq Confidential. The untold story of America's intelligence conspiracy. (New York: IB Tauris, 2005)

Sterling, Claire. The Terror Network. The secret war of international terrorism. (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1981)
Stewart, Rory. Occupational Hazards. My time governing in Iraq. (London: Picador, 2006)

Tatham, Steve. Losing Arab Hearts and Minds. The coalition, al Jazeera and Muslim public opinion. (London: C Hurst and Co, 2006)
Tomalin, Nicholas. Reporting. (London: Andre Deutsch, 1975)
Tye, Larry. The Father of Spin. Edward L bernays and the birth of public relations. (New York: Owl Books, 1998)

Watts, Mark. Fleet Street Sewer Rat. The muckraker who got rich scavenging celebrities' binbags.
Wheen, Francis. How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World. A short history of modern delusions. (London: Fourth Estate, 2004).
Windlesham, Lord and Rampton, Richard. Report on 'Death on the Rock'. (London: Faber and Faber, 1989)

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