If there's one thing that can compare to watching television, it's reading about it.  Below are some of the books I've reviewed on the blog.  They're more than the average fan book; I've chosen these books based on their ability to inform us about television's effect on the culture, and vice versa.

The links are to the reviews; unless otherwise noted, Amazon is usually a likely place to lay your hands on a copy.  Beware - some of them are out of print, and your best choice is to comb the shelves of your local used bookstore.

Right Here on Our Stage Tonight: Ed Sullivan's America
by Gerald Nachman
(Reviewed April 28, 2011)

David Susskind: A Televised Life
by Stephen Battaglio
(Reviewed November 10, 2011)

The Fifty-Year Seduction: How Television Manipulated College Football, from the Birth of the Modern NCAA to the Creation of the BCS
by Keith Dunnavant
(Reviewed November 21, 2012)

The Selling of the President 1968
by Joe McGinniss
(Reviewed December 13, 2012)

Three Shots Were Fired: JFK's Assassination and TV's First Global Story
by Marc Ryan
(Interviewed November 19, 2013)

From Berlin to Beijing...and London: A Look at TV and the Olympics
by Marc Ryan
(Interviewed February 4, 2014)

The Lucky Strike Papers: Journeys Through My Mother's Television Past
by Andrew Lee Fielding
(Reviewed March 4, 2014)

Glued to the Set: The 60 Television Shows and Events That Made Us What We Are Today
by Steven D. Stark
(Reviewed May 13, 2014)

The Real McKay: My Wide World of Sports
by Jim McKay
(Reviewed May 20, 2014)

Eddie Barker's Notebook: Stores That Made the News, and Some Better Ones That Didn't!
by Eddie Barker
(Reviewed July 8, 2014)

Monitor: The Inside Story of Network Radio's Greatest Program
by Dennis Hart
(Reviewed September 23, 2014)

TV Noir: The 20th Century
by Ray Starman
(Reviewed January 21, 2015)

Television Opera: The Fall of Opera Commissioned for Television
by Jennifer Barnes
(Reviewed February 11, 2015)

The Bewitched Continuum: The Ultimate Linear Guide to the Classic TV Series
by Adam Michael James
(Reviewed March 27, 2015)

The Sitcom Class Wars: The 20th Century
by Ray Starman
(Reviewed July 29, 2015)

by W.D. Wetherell
(Reviewed January 20, 2016)


In addition to these reviews, make sure you check out my Top Ten for more recaps of shows you might want to check out on DVD or stream on your computer.

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour: Best of Season 3
(Reviewed at Our Word January 13, 2009)

Mitzi Gaynor: Razzle-Dazzle! The Special Years
(Reviewed January 24, 2014)

Carol For Another Christmas
As broadcast on Turner Classic Movies
(Reviewed January 8, 2013)

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