The Top 100 Works of Journalism In the United States
in the 20th Century


As selected by Madeleine Blais, Alan Brinkley, David Brinkley, Lydia Chavez, Karen Durbin, Clay Felker, Jeff Greenfield, Pete Hamill, Mary McGrory, Nancy Maynard, Eric Newton, Dorothy Rabinowitz, Gene Roberts, Morley Safer, David Shaw, George Will and Ben Yagoda;

And the New York University Journalism faculty: David Dent, Todd Gitlin, Lamar Graham, Brooke Kroeger, Susie Linfield, Michael Ludlum, Robert Manoff, Anne Matthews, Pamela Newkirk, Michael Norman, Richard Petrow, Mary Quigley, Marcia Rock, Jay Rosen, Stephen Solomon, Mitchell Stephens, Carol Sternhell, Jane Stone and Ellen Willis.

1. John Hersey. "Hiroshima." Entire issue of The New Yorker. 1946
2. Rachel Carson. "Silent Spring." Book. 1962
3. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Watergate investigations for the Washington Post. 1972-73
4. Edward R. Murrow. "This is London . . ." radio reports for CBS on the German bombing of London. 1940
5. Ida Tarbell. "The History of the Standard Oil Company" investigation. In McClure's magazine. 1902-1904.
6. Lincoln Steffens. "The Shame of the Cities" investigation. In McClure's magazine. 1902-1904
7. 7. John Reed. "Ten Days That Shook the World." Book. 1919
8. H.L. Mencken. Coverage of the Scopes "monkey" trial. In the Baltimore Sun. 1925
9. Ernie Pyle. Reports from Europe and the Pacific during World War II for the Scripps-Howard newspapers. 1940-45
10. Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly. See It Now CBS television documentary taking on Senator Joseph McCarthy. 1954
11. Edward R. Murrow, David Lowe and Fred Friendly. CBS Reports television documentary "Harvest of Shame." 1960
12. Seymour Hersh. Investigation of massacre committed by American soldiers at My Lai in Vietnam. For Dispatch News Service. 1969
13. New York Times. Publication of the Pentagon Papers. 1971
14. James Agee and Walker Evans. "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men." Book. 1941
15. W.E.B. DuBois. "The Souls of Black Folk." Collected articles. 1903
16. I.F. Stone. I.F. Stone's Weekly. 1953-67
17. Henry Hampton. "Eyes on the Prize." Documentary. 1987
18. Tom Wolfe. "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." Book. 1968
19. Norman Mailer. "The Armies of the Night." Book. 1968
20. Hannah Arendt. "Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil." Collected articles. 1963
21. William Shirer. "Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1939-1941." Book. 1941
22. Truman Capote. "In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences." Book. 1965
23. Joan Didion. "Slouching Towards Bethlehem." Collected articles. 1968
24. Tom Wolfe. "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby." Collected articles. 1965
25. Michael Herr. "Dispatches." Book. 1977
26. Theodore White. "The Making of the President: 1960." Book. 1961
27. Robert Capa. Ten photographs from D-Day. 1944
28. J. Anthony Lukas. "Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families." Book. 1985
29. Richard Harding Davis. Coverage of German march into Belgium. For the Wheeler Syndicate and magazines. 1914
30. Dorothy Thompson. Reports on the rise of Hitler in Cosmopolitan and Saturday Evening Post. 1931-34
31. John Steinbeck. Reports on Okie migrant camp life for the San Francisco News. 1936
32. A.J. Liebling. "The Road Back to Paris." Collected articles. 1944
33. Ernest Hemingway. Reports on the Spanish Civil War. In the New Republic. 1937-38
34. Martha Gellhorn. "The Face of War." Collected articles. 1959
35. James Baldwin. "The Fire Next Time." Book. 1963
36. Joseph Mitchell. "Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories." Collection of much older articles. 1992
37. Betty Friedan. "The Feminine Mystique." Book. 1963
38. Ralph Nader. "Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile." Book. 1965
39. Herblock (Herbert Block). Cartoons on "McCarthyism." In the Washington Post. 1950
40. James Baldwin. "Letter from the South: Nobody Knows My Name." In the Partisan Review. 1959
41. Huynh Cong Ut. Photograph of a burning girl running from a napalm attack. For the Associated Press. 1972
42. Pauline Kael. "Trash, Art, and the Movies." In Harper's. 1969
43. Gay Talese. "Fame and Obscurity: Portraits by Gay Talese." Collected articles. 1970
44. Randy Shilts. Reports on AIDS for the San Francisco Chronicle. 1981-85
45. Janet Flanner (Genet). "Paris Journals" chronicling of Paris's emergence from the Occupation. In The New Yorker. 1944-45
46. Neil Sheehan. "A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam." Book. 1988
47. A. J. Liebling. "The Wayward Pressman." Collected articles. 1947
48. Tom Wolfe. "The Right Stuff." Book. 1979
49. Murray Kempton. "America Comes of Middle Age: Columns 1950-1962." Collected articles. 1963
50. Murray Kempton. "Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties." Book. 1955
51. Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele. "America: What Went Wrong?" Series in Philadelphia Inquirer.1991
52. Taylor Branch. "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63." Book. 1988
53. Harrison Salisbury. Reporting from the Soviet Union for the New York Times. 1949-54
54. John McPhee. "The John McPhee Reader." Collected articles. 1976
55. ABC. Live television broadcast of Army-McCarthy hearings. 1954
56. Frederick Wiseman. "Titicut Follies." Documentary. 1967
57. David Remnick. "Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire." Book. 1993
58. Richard Ben Cramer. "What It Takes: The Way to the White House." Book. 1992
59. Jonathan Schell. "The Fate of the Earth." Book. 1982
60. Russell Baker. "Francs and Beans." In the New York Times. 1975
61. Homer Bigart. Account of being over Japan in a bomber when World War II came to an end. In the New York Herald-Tribune 1945
62. Ben Hecht. "1001 Afternoons in Chicago." Collected articles. 1922
63. Walter Cronkite. CBS television documentary on Vietnam. 1968
64. Walter Lippmann. Early essays for the New Republic. 1914
65. Margaret Bourke-White. Photographs following the defeat of Germany. For Life magazine. 1945
66. Lillian Ross. "Reporting." Collected articles. 1964
67. Nicholas Lemann. "The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America." Book. 1991
68. Joe Rosenthal. Photograph of Marines raising a U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. For the Associated Press. 1945
69. Hodding Carter, Jr. "Go for Broke." Editorial in Carter's Delta Democrat-Times (Greenville, MS). 1945
70. The New Yorker. "The New Yorker Book of War Pieces." Collected articles. 1947
71. Meyer Berger. Report on the murderer Howard Unruh. In the New York Times. 1949
72. Norman Mailer. "The Executioner's Song." Book. 1979
73. Robert Capa. Spanish Civil War photos for Life. 1936
74. Susan Sontag. "Notes on 'Camp'." In the Partisan Review. 1964
75. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. "All the President's Men." Book. 1974
76. John Hersey. "Here To Stay." Collected articles. 1963
77. A.J. Liebling. "The Earl of Louisiana." Book. 1961
78. Mike Davis. "City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles." Book. 1990
79. Melissa Fay Greene. "Praying for Sheetrock." Book. 1991
80. J. Anthony Lukas. "The Two Worlds of Linda Fitzpatrick." In the New York Times. 1967
81. Herbert Bayard Swope. "Klan Exposed." In the New York World. 1921
82. William Allen White. "To an Anxious Friend." In the Emporia (Kansas) Gazette. 1922
83. Edward R. Murrow. Report of the liberation of Buchenwald for CBS radio. 1945
84. Joseph Mitchell. "McSorley's Wonderful Saloon." Collected articles. 1943
85. Lillian Ross. "Picture." Book. 1952
86. Earl Brown. Series of articles on race for Harper's and Life magazines. 1942-44
87. Greil Marcus. "Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music." Book. 1975
88. Morley Safer. Report for CBS television on atrocities committed by American soldiers on the hamlet of Cam Ne in Vietnam. 1965
89. Ted Poston. Coverage of the "Little Scottsboro" trial. In the New York Post. 1949
90. Leon Dash. "Rosa Lee's Story." Series in the Washington Post. 1994
91. Jane Kramer. "Europeans." Collected articles. 1988
92. Eddie Adams and Vo Suu. Associated Press photograph and NBC television footage of a Saigon execution. 1968
93. Grantland Rice. "Notre Dame's 'Four Horsemen'." In the New York Herald-Tribune. 1924
94. Jane Kramer. "The Politics of Memory: Looking for Germany in the New Germany." Collected articles. 1996
95. Frank McCourt. "Angela's Ashes." Book. 1996
96. Vincent Sheean. "Personal History." Book. 1935
97. W.E.B. DuBois. Columns on race during his tenure as editor of The Crisis. 1910-34
98. Damon Runyon. Crime reporting in the New York American. 1926
99. Joe McGinniss. "The Selling of the President 1968." Book. 1969
100. Hunter S. Thompson. "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail." Book. 1973