Writing transcends mediums. Whether it’s an article in your favorite newspaper or the novel that changed your world, storytelling has always been there to entertain, inform, and connect. As we interview journalists from various publications and outlets each week on our Coffee with a Journalist podcast, we noticed a trend of journalists stepping outside of articles to craft books and become authors. The jump into publishing a book is exciting for a journalist as he or she can now dive more deeply into a topic or story beyond the confines of the news cycle. That is why we have compiled a list of 5 books written by journalists that are sure to be a page-turner cover to cover.
Here is our list:
Nima by Adam Popescu
Adam is is a frequent contributor for The New York Times in addition to having written pieces featured in Bloomberg, Fast Company, and Vanity Fair, to name a few. His debut fiction novel, Nima, chronicles the life of Nima, a young sherpa woman living in the foothills of the Himalayas. This story explores the conversations about expectations and identity when challenged in areas of tradition and culture. This fictional story takes the reader into Nima’s mind as you trek beside her on her journey.
Previously working for The Wall Street Journal for over 20 years where he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting on corporate scandals in the United States, John Carreyrou is no stranger to uncovering the truth. His best selling book, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, chronicles the inside perspective of the rise and fall of the notorious multi-billion-dollar startup Theranos. Whether you are interested in stories about business and entrepreneurship or scandals and controversies, this page-turner will have you sucked in from start to finish.
Alex Kantrowitz has a knack for understanding and translating the inner workings of the tech industry through his writing. His book, Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Plan to Stay on Top Forever, lays out and dissects the happenings within the largest tech giants including Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. Alex gives us peeks into this world, addressing various topics from their culture and controversies to processes and technology. Founded on 130 interviews of tech employees “from Mark Zuckerberg to hourly workers”, this book provides new perspectives at both the macro and micro levels like never before.
American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts is a chilling account of the United States’ opioid epidemic and how it came to be. It is written by Guardian journalist, Chris McGreal. This book thoroughly develops the circumstances and actions that led to this public health crisis, from government inaction and greed to corporate corruption. American Overdose is candid and raw, laying out and explaining the various intersecting variables that led to our present issues today through compelling and artful writing.
Get Funded! by John Biggs
Get Funded!: The Startup Entrepreneur’s Guide to Seriously Successful Fundraising is written by John Biggs, former TechCrunch founder and current Editor-in-Chief at Gizmodo. This book explains the changes within the world of startups and fundraising and informs you on how to best position yourself in today’s market. With valuable resources, strategies, and insights, it is a great read for those looking to take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.
If you read any of our picks, be sure to follow us on Twitter and let us know your thoughts! For more insights into the minds of journalists, check out our weekly podcast, Coffee with a Journalist, where we sit down to talk managing pitches, crafting stories, and more! To start, listen to our latest episode, Coffee with a Journalist: John Biggs, Gizmodo, and hear John’s takes on the shifts in tech journalism, where journalism is heading, and more!