From colonial newspapers to the Internet age, America's racial divisions have played a central role in the creation of the country's media system, just as the media has contributed to - and every so often, combated - racial oppression. This acclaimed book - called a "masterpiece" by the esteemed scholar Robert W. McChesney and chosen as one of 2011's best books by the Progressive - reveals how racial segregation distorted the information Americans have received, even as it depicts the struggle of Black, Latino, Asian and Native American journalists who fought to create a vibrant yet little-known alternative, democratic press. Written in an exciting, story-driven style and replete with memorable portraits of journalists, both famous and obscure, News for All the People is destined to become the standard history of the American media.
JUAN GONZALEZ is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for commentary and is former President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is the cohost of the nationally syndicated TV and radio show Democracy Now! and is a columnist for New York's Daily News. JOSEPH TORRES is the Senior Advisor for Government and External Affairs for Free Press, the national media reform organization.